The final AP Top 25 of the season was revealed following tonight’s BCS National Championship Game, and the game’s winner, Florida State, retained the top position in the poll, while the loser, Auburn, remained at No. 2.
For the first time in eight years, the top team in the country is not from the SEC. The last time a team from a different conference held the No. 1 spot was in the 2005-06 season, when Texas was on top. The SEC does finish with four teams in the Top 10, including South Carolina at No. 4, who is the only team in the country to beat three fellow Top 10 teams. Seven teams from the conference are in the Top 25, the most from any conference.
The team with the biggest rise since the final regular season poll was released is Southern Cal, who went from being unranked to being No. 19, a jump of seven spots, after beating Fresno State in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. The team who fell the most is Baylor, who dropped seven places after losing to Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl. Fresno State (previously No. 21), Georgia (previously No. 23) and Northern Illinois (previously No. 24) all tumbled out of the rankings, while Notre Dame (No. 19), Vanderbilt (No. 24), and Washington (No. 25) entered.