Final AP Top 25 Football Poll Released

Jan. 4, 2001

MIAMI - There's nothing fluky about Oklahoma's national championshipseason.

After polishing off a perfect season with a 13-2 victory over No. 5 FloridaState in Wednesday night's Orange Bowl, the Sooners merely added to their listof highly regarded victims.

In finishing as the only unbeaten team in the country, Oklahoma (13-0) alsobeat No. 8 Nebraska, No. 9 Kansas State twice and No. 12 Texas.

The Sooners won their first national title in 15 years and seventh overallin unanimous fashion, receiving all 71 first-place votes in the finalAssociated Press media poll.

'Our players recognize that the history of Oklahoma is winningchampionships,' second-year Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. 'We already hadsix, now we have seven. We have a great history in the Orange Bowl.'

In the final tally of the AP poll, the No. 1 votes from the sports writersand broadcasters gave the Sooners 1,775 points.

Miami (11-1), which had hopes of claiming the AP title if Florida State hadbeaten Oklahoma, finished No. 2 with 1,690 points. The Hurricanes, who beat theSeminoles earlier this season, beat Florida 37-20 in Tuesday night's SugarBowl.

Washington (11-1), a 34-24 winner over Purdue in the Rose Bowl, was No. 3,followed by No. 4 Oregon State (11-1) and No. 5 Florida State (11-2).

This was the Seminoles lowest finish in the AP poll since being unranked inthe final poll in 1986.

In Oklahoma's glory days of the 1970s and '80s, the Sooners won threenational titles under Barry Switzer (1974, '75 and '85) to go with three underBud Wilkinson (1950, '55 and '56).

But after Switzer left in 1989, Gary Gibbs, Howard Schnellenberger and JohnBlake combined for a 61-50-3 record and three minor bowls before Stoops tookover in 1999.

Virginia Tech (11-1), a 41-20 winner over Clemson in the Gator Bowl, was No.6, followed by No. 7 Oregon (10-2), No. 8 Nebraska (10-2), No. 9 Kansas State(11-3) and No. 10 Florida (10-3).

Michigan, with its 31-28 win over Auburn in the Citrus Bowl, moved up sixplaces to No. 11, followed by No. 12 Texas, No. 13 Purdue, No. 14 ColoradoState, No. 15 Notre Dame, No. 16 Clemson, No. 17 Georgia Tech, No. 18 Auburn,No. 19 South Carolina and No. 20 Georgia.

The Irish, 41-9 losers to Oregon State in the Fiesta Bowl, fell five places.

TCU was No. 21, followed by No. 22 LSU, No. 23 Wisconsin, No. 24 MississippiState and No. 25 Iowa State, making its first appearance in the poll since1981.

In the final USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, the top five were Oklahoma,Miami, Washington, Florida State and Oregon State.

Tennessee, 35-21 losers to Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl, fell out of theAP Top 25. Also dropping out were Northwestern, Ohio State, Louisville andToledo.

The newcomers were South Carolina, LSU, Wisconsin, Mississippi State andIowa State.

The Big 12 Conference had the most impressive showing, with five teams inthe Top 25 - four in the top 12 - in Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas State, Texasand Iowa State.

The SEC also had five teams in the Top 25, while the Pac-10, Big Ten and ACChad three each in the final rankings.

The Pac-10 finished impressively, with its three teams among the top seven.

By RICHARD ROSENBLATT
AP Football Writer

The Final Top 25
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press final college football poll, withfirst-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote andranking in the previous poll:

                         Record  Pts  Pvs 1. Oklahoma (71)         13-0  1,775   1 2. Miami                 11-1  1,690   2 3. Washington            11-1  1,634   4 4. Oregon St.            11-1  1,539   5 5. Florida St.           11-2  1,488   3 6. Virginia Tech         11-1  1,432   6 7. Oregon                10-2  1,299   8 8. Nebraska              10-2  1,282   9 9. Kansas St.            11-3  1,258  1110. Florida               10-3  1,128   711. Michigan               9-3  1,061  1712. Texas                  9-3    894  1213. Purdue                 8-4    765  1414. Colorado St.          10-2    640  2315. Notre Dame             9-3    611  1016. Clemson                9-3    563  1617. Georgia Tech           9-3    545  1518. Auburn                 9-4    498  2019. South Carolina         8-4    486   -20. Georgia                8-4    430  2421. TCU                   10-2    406  1322. LSU                    8-4    340   -23. Wisconsin              9-4    208   -24. Mississippi St.        8-4    197   -25. Iowa St.               9-3    188   -

Others receiving votes: Tennessee 187, Toledo 173, Northwestern 103, OhioSt. 62, Louisville 53, Southern Miss. 47, Air Force 40, Boise St. 24, N.C.State 13, East Carolina 8, Boston College 4, Texas A&M 2, UNLV 1, West Virginia1.

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