Tigers finsihed ranked No. 16 in both polls

For the second straight year and the third time in four seasons, LSU has finished the year ranked among the top 20 teams in the nation in both the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and the Associated Press poll.

Following last week's 30-25 last-second loss to Iowa, the Tigers slid five spots from No. 11 to No. 16 in the final coaches poll, which was released following last night's Orange Bowl. The Tigers dropped from No. 12 to the No. 16 in the last AP poll of the season.

LSU (9-3) has now been ranked for 35 straight periods in the coaches poll and 34 consecutive weeks in the AP poll.

All three of LSU's losses in 2004 came to teams that finished the year ranked in the top 10. LSU had losses to second-ranked Auburn, sixth-ranked Georgia and eighth-ranked Iowa.

The No. 16 ranking comes a year after the Tigers finished the season No. 1 in the coaches poll and No. 2 in the AP Top 25.

Southern Cal, a 55-19 winner over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Tuesday night, was No. 1 in both polls, followed by Auburn, and Oklahoma.

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