Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Texas A&M snags top-five finish for first time since 1956
2012 was the Aggies' year.
After Alabama thrashed Notre Dame in the national title game Monday night, the Associated Press released its final poll of the season.
The big question surrounded Texas A&M's final standing after crushing the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl. The Aggies were looking for their first top-five finish in the AP poll in more than 50 years, and got it ... barely. A&M finished tied with Georgia for the No. 5 ranking, with both teams earning 1,230 points. The Aggies were ranked No. 10 heading into bowl season.
The Aggies hadn't finished a season in the top five of the AP poll since 1956, when Bear Bryant led them to a 9-0-1 record. A&M was ineligible for a bowl that season due to recruiting violations. The only other time A&M has finished in the top five was in 1939, when the Aggies claimed their one and only AP-recognized national championship.
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Elsewhere around the state, the Texas Longhorns took a big jump after upending No. 15 Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl, going from unranked to No. 19 (for their trouble, the Beavers fell five spots to No. 20).
Oklahoma, meanwhile, didn't hurt too much after their tough outing in Arlington, falling three spots to No. 15.
Baylor (No. 26), Oklahoma State (No. 29) and TCU (No. 33) were the only other local teams to receive votes, but none managed to crack the top 25.
Here's a look at the full rankings:
AP Final PollAP Final Poll
Others receiving votes: Baylor 95, Penn St. 90, Cincinnati 78, Oklahoma St. 42, Tulsa 34, UCLA 31, Arkansas St. 28, TCU 9, UCF 9, Wisconsin 6, N. Dakota St. 1.