Two-loss LSU tops final poll

Wednesday, January 9, 2008
ROB CARR ~ Associated Press (LSU coach Les Miles stood by The Associated Press football championship trophy Tuesday in New Orleans.)

NEW ORLEANS -- For the first time, a team with two losses ended up No. 1.

LSU climbed to the top of The Associated Press college football poll for the third time this season, winning its second title after beating Ohio State 38-24 in the BCS national championship game Monday night.

Right behind the Tigers, who received 60 of 65 first-place votes from the media panel, was another Southeastern Conference team. Georgia was No. 2, making the SEC the first league since the Big 8 in 1971 to have the top two teams in the final AP poll. National champion Nebraska was followed by Oklahoma that season.

Southern California, which started this season ranked No. 1, finished No. 3. Missouri was fourth, its best finish in the AP poll, and Ohio State fell from No. 1 to No. 5 after losing the title game.

It was the first time a team with two losses finished No. 1. Colorado was 11-1-1 when it won the 1990 AP national title.

Final polls on Page 2B.

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