By Ralph D. Russo
AP College Football Writer
PASADENA, Calif. – Move over SEC, Florida State is back on top.
Florida State finished No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll, ending the Southeastern Conference’s record streak of seven national championships.
The Seminoles received all 60 first-place votes from the media panel after beating Auburn 34-31 in the BCS championship game on Monday night in the Rose Bowl.
Florida State’s third AP national title (1993 and ’99) ties it for ninth-most with rival Florida and Texas.
The Tigers (12-2) finished second in their extraordinary turnaround season, but for the first time since Texas in 2005, the Southeastern Conference is not on top of the final rankings.
Michigan State was third, followed by South Carolina and Missouri. Oklahoma finished sixth and Alabama was No. 7. So the SEC will have to settle for having four teams in the top seven. The SEC has seven ranked teams overall with No. 14 LSU, No. 18 Texas A&M and No. 24 Vanderbilt.
No. 8 Clemson, Oregon and UCF finished out the top 10.
No. 11 Stanford, No. 12 Ohio State and No. 13 Baylor finished outside the top 10 after spending much of the season in it.
No. 15 Louisville was followed by UCLA and Oklahoma State.
Rivals Southern California and Notre Dame were, 19th and 20th respectively.
The final five were Arizona State, Wisconsin, Duke, Vanderbilt and Washington.
Ole Miss and Mississippi State were both in the receiving votes category.
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press final college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
|1. Florida St. (60)||14-0||1,500||1|
|3. Michigan St.||13-1||1,385||4|
|4. South Carolina||11-2||1,247||8|
|12. Ohio St.||12-2||816||7|
|17. Oklahoma St.||10-3||598||13|
|18. Texas A&M||9-4||459||20|
|19. Southern Cal||10-4||299||NR|
|20. Notre Dame||9-4||256||25|
|21. Arizona St.||10-4||255||16|
Others receiving votes: Nebraska 107, Fresno St. 57, N. Illinois 22, N. Dakota St. 17, Texas Tech 14, Georgia 13, Iowa 13, Ole Miss 10, Kansas St. 8, Arizona 5, Navy 3, East Carolina 2, Utah St. 2, Mississippi St. 1.