Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Six Pac-12 teams in final AP poll
By Ted Miller
For the first time since 2009, the Pac-12 didn't finish a football season with a top-five team. But, for the first time ever, it finished with six teams ranked in the final AP poll.
Oregon finished ranked ninth in both the AP and coaches polls to lead the conference. Stanford, which beat Oregon but lost the Rose Bowl, finished 11th in the AP poll and tied for 10th with Ohio State in the coaches' poll.
UCLA and USC finished 16th and 19th in both polls. Arizona State was 21st in the AP poll and 20th with the coaches. Washington finished 25th in the AP poll and was the top team receiving votes in the coaches' poll, the equivalent of 26th.
Arizona received votes in both polls.
So the preseason story of Pac-12 depth held true to the end, but the conference also didn't seem to have a truly elite team.
Michigan State, which beat Stanford in the Rose Bowl, finished third behind No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn.
As for projecting ahead, Mark Schlabach ranked six Pac-12 teams in his Way-Too-Early-Top-25 that was published Tuesday.
He has Oregon No. 3, Stanford No. 4, UCLA No. 7, USC No. 14, Washington No. 19 and Arizona State No. 22.