Texas finished No. 11 (Coaches Poll) and No. 12 (Associated Press) in the final NCAA College Football rankings released Monday. It marked the first time since a No. 12 ranking to close out the '00 season that the Horns finished outside of the top 10. As expected, there was a split national championship with LSU topping the ESPN/USA Today poll while USC retained its spot atop the AP listing.
Oklahoma finished No. 3 in both services following the Sooners' 21-14 Sugar Bowl loss to LSU Sunday. Other Big 12 programs included in the final polls are Big 12 champ Kansas State (No. 13 Coaches/No. 14 AP) and coach-less Nebraska (No. 18 Coaches/No. 19 AP). The Big 12 made an otherwise sorry showing during the bowl season, posting a 2-6 record. Only Tech (over unranked Navy) and Nebraska (over unranked Michigan State) Oklahoma State dropped out of the rankings following the Cowboys' Cotton Bowl loss to No. 14 Ole Miss.
Rounding out the AP Top 10 are No. 4 Ohio State followed by Miami (Fla), Michigan, Georgia, Iowa, Washington State and the other Miami (of Ohio). The Buckeyes and the Hurricanes are also listed fourth and fifth respectively in the coaches poll, followed by Georgia, Michigan, Iowa, Washington State and Florida State.
Three of 63 coaches broke rank with the American Football Coaching Association agreement to crown the Sugar Bowl victor as national champ by voting USC as college footballs top team. It was the Trojans first national title in 25 years and college footballs first split championship since 1997 when Michigan wore the AP crown while coaches voted the Huskers at No. 1.