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It’s Official, Seminoles Are First

Jan. 4, 2000

By RICHARD ROSENBLATT

AP Football Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Florida State is perfectly happy now that it has a second
national championship.

The Seminoles even made history in finishing No. 1 in The Associated Press’
final Top 25 college football poll Tuesday night: They are the first team to go
wire-to-wire since the preseason ratings began in 1950.

Florida State (12-0) gave Bobby Bowden his first perfect season in 40 years
as a head coach with a 46-29 victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl on
Tuesday night.

The win also made the Seminoles the unanimous national champion in balloting
by the 70 sports writers and broadcasters on the AP panel.

Florida State had all 70 first-place votes and 1,750 points, while the
Hokies (11-1) finished No. 2 – the school’s best finish ever. Tech finished No.
10 in 1995.

Virginia Tech collected 1,647 points to edge No. 3 Nebraska (12-1), which
had 1,634 points after its 31-21 win over Tennessee in the Fiesta Bowl.

In the final USA Today/ESPN coaches’ poll, Florida State was first, Nebraska
was second and Virginia Tech was third.

Since 1950, eight teams were ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason poll and went
on to win the national title: Tennessee (1951), Michigan State (1952), Oklahoma
(1956, 1974, 1975, 1985), Alabama (1978), and Florida State (1993).

Before 1950, there were two wire-to-wire champions – Notre Dame in 1943 and
Army in 1945.

Wisconsin (10-2), a 17-9 winner over Stanford in the Rose Bowl, finished No.
4, followed by No. 5 Michigan (10-2), No. 6 Kansas State (11-1), No. 7 Michigan
State (10-2), No. 8 Alabama (10-3), No. 9 Tennessee (9-3) and No. 10 Marshall
(13-0).

The Thundering Herd were the only other major college team with a perfect
record, closing out their season with a 21-3 win over BYU in the Motor City
Bowl.

Penn State, a 24-0 winner over Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl, was No. 11,
followed by No. 12 Florida, No. 13 Mississippi State, No. 14 Southern
Mississippi, No. 15 Miami, No. 16 Georgia, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 18 Minnesota,
No. 19 Oregon and No. 20 Georgia Tech.

Texas was No. 21, followed by No. 22 Mississippi, No. 23 Texas A&M, No. 24
Illinois and No. 25 Purdue.

The Big Ten Conference led the way with seven teams in the Top 25, while the
Southeastern Conference had six teams.

Mississippi and Illinois moved into the final poll after bowl wins, while
Stanford and East Carolina dropped out after bowl losses.


The Final Top 25

By The Associated Press

The Top Twenty Five teams in The Associated Press final college football
poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, points based on 25
points for a first place vote through one point for a 25th place vote and
previous ranking:

                         Record  Pts  Pvs 
 1. Florida St. (70)      12-0  1,750   1 
 2. Virginia Tech         11-1  1,647   2 
 3. Nebraska              12-1  1,634   3 
 4. Wisconsin             10-2  1,519   4 
 5. Michigan              10-2  1,406   8 
 6. Kansas St.            11-1  1,402   7 
 7. Michigan St.          10-2  1,357   9 
 8. Alabama               10-3  1,236   5 
 9. Tennessee              9-3  1,168   6 
10. Marshall              13-0  1,136  11 
11. Penn St.              10-3  1,038  13 
12. Florida                9-4    941  10 
13. Mississippi St.       10-2    923  15 
14. Southern Miss.         9-3    788  16 
15. Miami                  9-4    678  23 
16. Georgia                8-4    640  21 
17. Arkansas               8-4    575  24 
18. Minnesota              8-4    452  12 
19. Oregon                 9-3    358   - 
20. Georgia Tech           8-4    345  17 
21. Texas                  9-5    340  14 
22. Mississippi            8-4    281   - 
23. Texas A&M              8-4    272  18 
24. Illinois               8-4    201   - 
25. Purdue                 7-5    198  19 

Others receiving votes: Stanford 168, East Carolina 97, Colorado 75, TCU 45,
Syracuse 21, Utah 20, Hawaii 19, Washington 7, Wake Forest 5, Boise St. 3,
Oklahoma 3, Colorado St. 2.


USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll

The Top Twenty Five teams in the USA Today/ESPN college football poll, with
first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25
points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and
previous ranking:

                           Record  Pts  Pvs 
 1. Florida State (59)       12-0  1,475   1 
 2. Nebraska                 12-1  1,390   3 
 3. Virginia Tech            11-1  1,366   2 
 4. Wisconsin                10-2  1,283   4 
 5. Michigan                 10-2  1,189   8 
 6. Kansas State             11-1  1,188   7 
 7. Michigan State           10-2  1,117   9 
 8. Alabama                  10-3  1,042   6 
 9. Tennessee                 9-3    985   5 
10. Marshall                 13-0    856  11 
11. Penn State               10-3    840  17 
12. Mississippi State        10-2    810  16 
13. Southern Mississippi      9-3    763  14 
14. Florida                   9-4    713  10 
15. Miami                     9-4    605  23 
16. Georgia                   8-4    505  24 
17. Minnesota                 8-4    395  12 
18. Oregon                    9-3    375   - 
19. Arkansas                  8-4    357   - 
20. Texas A&M                 8-4    344  13 
21. Georgia Tech              8-4    337  15 
22. Mississippi               8-4    231   - 
23. Texas                     9-5    173  18 
24. Stanford                  8-4    155  21 
25. Illinois                  8-4    139   - 

Also receiving votes: East Carolina 119, Purdue 118, Texas Christian 54,
Colorado 49, Hawaii 27, Utah 21, Brigham Young 17, Colorado State 9, Wake
Forest 8, Ohio State 6, Syracuse 6, Washington 4, Boise State 2, Oklahoma 2.

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