Red Raiders Finish Season Among Top 20

LUBBOCK, Texas - For the first time since the conclusion of the 1995 season, Texas Tech is ranked among the top 25 in both the ESPN Coaches and Associated Press polls. The Red Raiders closed out the 2004 season ranked 17th by the coaches and 18th by the media.

Texas Tech, which finished with an 8-4 record, wrapped up the 2004 season with an impressive 45-31 win over then-No. 4 California in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30. The win propelled the Red Raiders from their pre-game No. 21 and No. 23 rankings to their current status.

Additionally, Tech is one of three Big 12 teams this season to finish among the top 25 in both polls, joining Oklahoma (third in both polls) and Texas (4th ESPN Coaches/5th AP).

The Red Raiders' No. 17 position in the coaches poll is the highest postseason ranking since 1976, when Tech capped off a 10-2 season ranked 13th in the AP poll.

Texas Tech has been ranked in seven season-ending AP polls since 1938. Tech twice finished ranked 11th (1938 and 1973) and was ranked 12th following the 1953 season. This year marks the third time since the coaches poll was added in 1982 that a Tech team finished among its top 25. The Red Raiders were 18th in 1989 and 20th in 1995.

ESPN Coaches Poll (FINAL)
1.Southern California 13-0
2. Auburn 13-0
3. Oklahoma 12-1
4. Texas 11-1
5. Utah 12-0
6. Georgia 10-2
7. Louisville 11-1
8. Iowa 10-2
9. California 10-2
10. Virginia Tech 10-3
11. Miami (Fla.) 9-3
12. Michigan 9-3
13. Boise State 11-1
14. Florida State 9-3
15. Tennessee 10-3
16. LSU 9-3
17. Texas Tech 8-4
18. Wisconsin 9-3
19. Ohio State 8-4
20. Arizona State 9-3
21. Boston College 9-3
22. Fresno State 9-3
23. Virginia 8-4
24. Navy 10-2
25. Florida 7-5


Associated Press Poll (FINAL)
1. Southern California 13-0
2. Auburn 13-0
3. Oklahoma 12-1
4. Utah 12-0
5. Texas 11-1
6. Louisville 11-1
7. Georgia 10-2
8. Iowa 10-2
9. California 10-2
10. Virginia Tech 10-3
11. Miami (Fla.) 9-3
12. Boise State 11-1
13. Tennessee 10-3
14. Michigan 9-3
15. Florida State 9-3
16. LSU 9-3
17. Wisconsin 9-3
18. Texas Tech 8-4
19. Arizona State 9-3
20. Ohio State 8-4
21. Boston College 9-3
22. Fresno State 9-3
23. Virginia 8-4
24. Navy 10-2
25. Pittsburgh 8-4


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