College Football Rankings: Final Coaches Poll Features 4 SEC Teams In Top 8

The SEC was well represented in the final USA Today Coaches Poll, with Alabama and LSU finishing first and second, as expected, and Arkansas and South Carolina each climbing to finish in the top eight.

Virtually the entire poll was shuffled, as only two teams -- Oklahoma State and Boise State -- kept the same ranking from before bowl season. Notable risers include Michigan and Michigan State, who each jumped three spots to finish ninth and 10th, respectively. Virginia Tech, who lost to Michigan in the Sugar Bowl, fell six spots from No. 11 to 17, while Clemson fell eight spots from No. 14 to 22.

A fifth SEC team, Georgia, rounded out the top 20, although the Bulldogs slipped two spots after losing the Outback Bowl in overtime to Michigan State. As has been the case all season, USC was ineligible to included in the Coaches Poll due to their NCAA ban on postseason play. The Trojans finished No. 6 in the AP poll.



The full USA Today Coaches Poll appears below:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (59) 12-1 1,475 2
2 LSU 13-1 1,404 1
3 Oklahoma State 12-1 1,367 3
4 Oregon 12-2 1,290 5
5 Arkansas 11-2 1,188 7
6 Boise State 12-1 1,162 6
7 Stanford 11-2 1,106 4
8 South Carolina 11-2 1,084 9
9 Michigan 11-2 925 12
10 Michigan State 11-3 912 13
11 Wisconsin 11-3 911 8
12 Baylor 10-3 775 16
13 TCU 11-2 710 15
14 Houston 13-1 673 17
15 Oklahoma 10-3 610 19
16 Kansas State 10-3 602 10
17 Virginia Tech 11-3 574 11
18 West Virginia 10-3 554 22
19 Southern Miss 12-2 429 21
20 Georgia 10-4 345 18
21 Cincinnati 10-3 248 24
22 Clemson 10-4 237 14
23 Florida State 9-4 205 25
24 Nebraska 9-4 144 20
25 Brigham Young 10-3 79 NR

Also receiving votes: Northern Illinois 36, Missouri 33, Texas 29, Auburn 28, Rutgers 11, Penn State 10, Texas A&M 5, Virginia 4, Temple 2, Washington 2, Arkansas State 1, Florida 1, Louisiana-Lafayette 1, Mississippi State 1, Notre Dame 1, Ohio 1

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