Gators finish season ranked No. 12

Published: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 11:34 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 11:34 a.m.

Defeating Iowa in Monday’s Outback Bowl put the Gators at a four season high, both in record and in ranking.

The Gators finished the 2005 season at 9-3, the best finish since Steve Spurrier’s last season in 2001, when the Gators ended the season at 10-2 and ranked third in the final AP Poll.

The Gators finished the next three years with consecutive five-loss seasons, going 8-5 and ranked No. 22 in 2002, 8-5 and ranked No. 17 in 2003 and 7-5 and unranked in 2004.

The team is seemingly on the rise again, and has several positives to build on for next season; one of witch is a jump in the final AP Poll of the 2005 season.

The Top 25 teams in The AP 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:

RankTeamRecord PtsPvs

Texas (65)




2Southern Cal12-11,5601
3Penn St.11-11,4843
4Ohio St.10-21,4284
5West Virginia11-11,32511
6LSU11-2 1,31410
7Virginia Tech11-21,19712
9Notre Dame9-31,0195
12Florida9-3817 16
12Oregon10-2817 6
15Wisconsin10-3 78621
18Boston College9-354519
20Texas Tech9-335918
23Florida St.8-523222

Others receiving votes: Toledo 35, Tulsa 34, Michigan 26, Nevada 25, Navy 20, Iowa 19, Fresno St. 8, Virginia 7, Boise St. 3, Kansas 2, N.C. State 2, Northwestern 2, Arizona St. 1, Georgia Tech 1, Missouri 1, South Carolina 1, Utah 1.

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