This year, Orange Bowl winner USC (13-0) easily topped both polls over Sugar Bowl victor Auburn (13-0) while Oklahoma, which lost to the No. 1 Trojans 55-19 in Tuesday night's National Championship Game, dropped to No. 3. Fiesta Bowl champ Utah (12-0) grabbed the No. 4 spot in the media poll ahead of the No. 5 Horns (11-1), but Texas got the nod over the Utes among coaches.
No. 6 Georgia (10-2), No. 7 Louisville (11-1), No. 8 Iowa (10-2), No. 9 Cal (10-2) and No. 10 Virginia Tech (10-3) round out the coaches' poll top 10. The same five teams make up the AP's Nos. 6-10, but with the Cardinals No. 6 and the Bulldogs No. 7.
Ohio State (8-4), which the Horns will face on Sept. 10 in Columbus for their first test of the '05 season, finished No. 19 in the coaches' poll and No. 20 in AP after humbling UT's Big 12 South mate Oklahoma State 33-7 in the Alamo Bowl.
Texas Tech, which whipped Cal in the Holiday Bowl, is the only other Big 12 team to earn a spot in the final rankings. The Red Raiders (8-4) came in at No. 17 in the coaches poll and No. 18 in the AP.
The Big 12 finished the bowl season with a 4-3 mark. Texas, Texas Tech, Colorado (Houston Bowl) and Iowa State (Independence) got 'Ws' while Oklahoma, A&M (Cotton) and Okie State lost by 36, 31 and 26 points, respectively.