Nebraska finishes 23rd, 25th in final polls

2013-01-08T01:23:00Z 2013-01-08T21:34:08Z Nebraska finishes 23rd, 25th in final pollsBy the Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Despite finishing the season with two straight defeats, Nebraska remained in the final Associated Press and coaches' Top 25 polls.

The Huskers (10-4), who lost to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day, finished 25th in the AP poll, and 23rd in the coaches'.

It marks the fourth straight season Nebraska has finished ranked in the AP Top 25. The Huskers finished 14th in 2009, 20th in 2010 and 24th in 2011.

Nebraska started the season ranked 17th in the AP poll. The Huskers dropped out of the rankings following a 63-38 loss at Ohio State, but they worked their way up to 14th thanks to six straight wins.

Alabama, which cruised to a 42-14 victory against Notre Dame in Monday night's BCS Championship Game, finished first in the AP poll. Surprisingly, Notre Dame dropped to No. 4. Oregon was second, and Ohio State — which was banned from bowl play this season — was third. Georgia, Texas A&M, Stanford, South Carolina, Florida and Florida State rounded out the top 10.

Two other Big Ten teams are ranked in the final poll — Northwestern (10-3) at 17th and Michigan (8-5) 25th. Four of the Wolverines' losses came against teams that finished in the top eight.

The SEC had seven teams in the final poll.

Craig Bohl's North Dakota State team, which won the FCS crown on Saturday, received one vote.

AP Top 25 Rec. Pts. Pvs.
1. Alabama (59) 13-1 1,475 2
2. Oregon 12-1 1,358 5
3. Ohio State 12-0 1,302 3
4. Notre Dame 12-1 1,288 1
T5. Georgia 12-2 1,230 6
T5. Texas A&M 11-2 1,230 10
7. Stanford 12-2 1,169 8
8. South Carolina 11-2 1,038 11
9. Florida 11-2 933 4
10. Florida State 12-2 922 13
11. Clemson 11-2 889 14
12. Kansas State 11-2 871 7
13. Louisville 11-2 781 22
14. LSU 10-3 756 9
15. Oklahoma 10-3 615 12
16. Utah State 11-2 456 18
17. Northwestern 10-3 443 21
18. Boise State 11-2 419 20
19. Texas 9-4 358 NR
20. Oregon State 9-4 303 15
21. San Jose State 11-2 243 24
22. Northern Illinois 12-2 227 16
23. Vanderbilt 9-4 180 NR
24. Michigan 8-5 147 19
25. Nebraska 10-4 119 23

Others receiving votes: Baylor 95, Penn State 90, Cincinnati 78, Oklahoma State 42, Tulsa 34, UCLA 31, Arkansas State 28, TCU 9, UCF 9, Wisconsin 6, North Dakota State 1.

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