College football rankings: Auburn ranked No. 2 in final polls

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

The Tigers didn't drop after pushing FSU to the wall.

Auburn dropped a tight BCS Championship Game to Florida State Monday night, falling 34-31 in the Rose Bowl. In the final college football rankings of the season, the Tigers remained at No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and Associated Press Top 25.

Michigan State impressively defeated Stanford in the Rose Bowl game on New Year's Day, and with such a strong end to the year -- remember the win over Ohio State in the Big Ten title game -- it was possible that the Spartans could jump Auburn in the season-ending polls. But, most voters didn't punish Gus Malzahn's team for losing in the final 20 seconds to a Seminoles squad that had been outscoring opponents 52-10. South Carolina and Missouri round out the top five, giving the SEC three teams in college football's upper echelon.

In the Coaches' poll, Oklahoma, Clemson, Alabama Oregon and a tie between Stanford and Ohio State complete the top 10. The AP Poll swaps the Crimson Tide and Tigers and move UCF ahead of the Cardinal and Buckeyes.

The SEC finished the year with seven teams in each set of rankings. LSU checks in at No. 14 in the Coaches' and AP, Texas A&M is ranked No. 18 in both and Vanderbilt is slotted at No. 23/24. The 'Dores end the season ranked for the second year in a row, continuing to defy all odds under James Franklin.

USA Today Coaches' Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST-PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW*
1 Florida State
Seminoles
14-0 1475 59 1 1/10
2 Auburn
Tigers
12-2 1388 0 2 2/NR
3 Michigan State
Spartans
13-1 1375 0 4 1 3/NR
4 South Carolina
Gamecocks
11-2 1219 0 8 4 4/20
5 Missouri
Tigers
12-2 1200 0 9 4 5/NR
6 Oklahoma
Sooners
11-2 1189 0 10 4 6/18
7 Clemson
Tigers
11-2 1091 0 11 4 4/11
8 Alabama
Crimson Tide
11-2 1086 0 3 5 1/8
9 Oregon
Ducks
11-2 975 0 12 3 2/12
10 Stanford
Cardinal
11-3 872 0 7 3 4/13
10 Ohio State
Buckeyes
12-2 872 0 6 4 2/10
12 Central Florida
Knights
12-1 865 0 15 3 12/NR
13 Baylor
Bears
11-2 796 0 5 8 4/NR
14 LSU
Tigers
10-3 719 0 14 6/19
15 Louisville
Cardinals
12-1 703 0 16 1 6/17
16 UCLA
Bruins
10-3 597 0 18 2 10/22
17 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
10-3 587 0 13 4 6/20
18 Texas A&M
Aggies
9-4 443 0 21 3 6/25
19 USC
Trojans
10-4 313 0 NR 19/NR
20 Arizona State
Sun Devils
10-4 302 0 17 3 13/NR
21 Wisconsin
Badgers
9-4 266 0 19 2 14/NR
22 Duke
Blue Devils
10-4 202 0 21 1 20/NR
23 Vanderbilt
Commodores
9-4 180 0 NR 23/NR
24 Notre Dame
Fighting Irish
9-4 125 0 NR 13/NR
25 Nebraska
Cornhuskers
9-4 123 0 NR 15/NR

Others Receiving Votes: Washington 67; Fresno State 54; Northern Illinois 21; Marshall 17; Texas Tech 13; Kansas State 11; Mississippi 7; Texas 4; Miami (Fla.) 4; East Carolina 3; Cincinnati 3; Arizona 2; North Texas 2; Utah State 2; Navy 1; Louisiana-Lafayette 1.

Associated Press Top 25

Ranking School Last Week
1 Florida State 1
2 Auburn 2
3 Michigan State 4
4 South Carolina 8
5 Missouri 9
6 Oklahoma 11
7 Alabama 3
8 Clemson 12
9 Oregon 10
10 UCF 15
11 Stanford 5
12 Ohio State 7
13 Baylor 6
14 LSU 14
15 Louisville 18
16 UCLA 17
17 Oklahoma State 13
18 Texas A&M 20
19 USC 26
20 Notre Dame 25
21 Arizona State 16
22 Wisconsin 19
23 Duke 22
24 Vanderbilt 29
25 Washington 33

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