Missouri finishes No. 5 in final polls; FSU takes top spot
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03: A member of the Oklahoma State Cowboys band performs before taking on the Missouri Tigers in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 3, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) By Ronald Martinez
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03: Missouri Tigers cheerleaders pose before the Tigers take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 3, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) By Ronald Martinez
(Missouri Football App) -- The Missouri Tigers finished No. 5 in the final Associated Press college football poll, capping off a season which saw the team win a school-record 12 wins and have victory in the Cotton Bowl classic.
Florida State finished No. 1, ending the Southeastern Conference’s record streak of seven national championships.
The Seminoles received all 60 first-place votes from the media panel after beating Auburn 34-31 in the BCS championship game on Monday night in the Rose Bowl.
Florida State’s third AP national title (1993 and ‘99) ties it for ninth-most with rival Florida and Texas.
The Tigers (12-2) finished second in their extraordinary turnaround season, but for the first time since Texas in 2005, the Southeastern Conference is not on top of the final rankings.
Michigan State was third, followed by South Carolina and Missouri. Oklahoma finished sixth and Alabama was No. 7. So the SEC will have to settle for having four teams in the top seven. The SEC has seven ranked teams overall with No. 14 LSU, No. 18 Texas A&M and No. 24 Vanderbilt.
No. 8 Clemson, Oregon and UCF finished out the top 10.
No. 11 Stanford, No. 12 Ohio State and No. 13 Baylor finished outside the top 10 after spending much of the season in it.
No. 15 Louisville was followed by UCLA and Oklahoma State.
Rivals Southern California and Notre Dame were, 19th and 20th respectively.
The final five were Arizona State, Wisconsin, Duke, Vanderbilt and Washington.
The USA Today Top 25 football coaches’ poll mirrored the AP poll’s top 5.