The Michigan Wolverines completed a 2005 season that was less-than-stellar when they squandered an 11-point fourth quarter lead and fell 32-28 to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 28. As a final nail in the coffin marking the end of the campaign, voters in both major college football polls left Michigan out of the Top 25 for the first time in the Lloyd Carr era.
Nebraska finished at No. 24 in both polls. Michigan's two previous bowl opponents battled it out for the National Championship on Wednesday, with Texas defeating USC 41-38 in a thriller to capture their first title in 36 years.
The Wolverines received 26 votes in the AP Coaches Poll to finish at No. 28, with Toledo and Tulsa at Nos. 26 and 27 respectively. Michigan also came in at No. 28 with 32 votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, trailing Tulsa and Nevada at Nos. 26 and 27.
For the complete final rankings, please visit ESPN.com.
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