Hogs Fifth in Both AP, Coaches Polls

Sixth in the BCS before the bowls, Arkansas jumped to No. 5 in both the Coaches and AP final polls.

Arkansas earned its highest final rating in the final football polls since 1977 when it jumped to No. 5 in both The Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Top 25 Coaches' Poll released late Monday after the BCS title game.

The Hogs defeated Kansas State, 29-16, in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night to finish the season at 11-2, the third time in school history they have won 11 games.

Arkansas finished third in 1977 when it capped an 11-1 season with a 31-6 victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. The Hogs went 11-0 in 1964, their national championship season.

In 1964, Arkansas earned the program's highest AP finish of second and in 1965 and 1977 UA ended the season third in the AP poll. The fifth-place final ranking also marks the 14th top-10 finish in school history and first since 1982 when the team was ninth in the final AP poll.

The fifth-place final ranking is the highest in a final poll for a Bobby Petrino-coached team. While at Louisville, Petrino's teams twice finished in the top 10, with a sixth-place finish in 2006 after winning the Orange Bowl and a seventh-place final ranking in 2004 after an 11-1 season that concluded with a Liberty Bowl win over No. 10 Boise State.

Along with with last season's 12th-place ranking in the final AP poll, the Razorbacks have finished consecutive seasons ranked for the first time since 1998-99 and placed in the top-12 in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1978-79. Arkansas won 21 games in the last two seasons, tying the 1964-65 teams for the most wins over a two-year stretch and won at least 10 games in consecutive seasons for the third time in school history.

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