Michigan State ends season ranked No. 5 in AP

Spartans post back-to-back Top 5 finishes for first time since 1965-66

It has been a pattern for Michigan State in the past couple seasons -- accomplishing things not seen since the mid-1960s around East Lansing.

The Spartans accomplished another historic feat Tuesday as the final Associated Press rankings place them in the Top 5 for the second straight year, which had not been done since 1965-66 at MSU.

Michigan State finished No. 3 in last year's final AP poll after beating Stanford 24-20 in the Rose Bowl to finish the season 13-1.

The year, it finished tied with Florida State for No. 5 after a 41-40 comeback win against Baylor in the Cotton Bowl to cap the season at 12-2.

The Spartans moved up two spots from No. 7 with the win. The lone two losses came to the national title game participants, Ohio State and Oregon.

Back in 1965 and 1966, Michigan State finished ranked No. 2. This is the ninth time the Spartans finished ranked in the Top 5 to finish the season, with the others coming in the 1950s. MSU finished No. 2 in 1951, No. 1 in 1952, No. 3 in 1953, No. 2 in 1955 and No. 3 in 1957.

National champion Ohio State finished atop the AP Poll, with runner up Oregon at No. 2. TCU, which was omitted from the College Football Playoff, finished No. 3 with Alabama at No. 4.

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