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|
|3. Ohio State||12-0||1,302||3|
|4. Notre Dame||12-1||1,288||1|
|T5. Texas A&M||11-2||1,230||10|
|8. South Carolina||11-2||1,038||11|
|10. Florida State||12-2||922||13|
|12. Kansas State||11-2||871||7|
|16. Utah State||11-2||456||18|
|18. Boise State||11-2||419||20|
|20. Oregon State||9-4||303||15|
|21. San Jose State||11-2||243||24|
|22. Northern Illinois||12-2||227||16|
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.