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Tigers Finish in Top 10

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With its Fiesta Bowl win LSU finished in the top 10 for the first time since 2011.

NCAA Football: Fiesta Bowl-Louisiana State vs Central Florida Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

As expected, LSU’s Fiesta Bowl win over seventh-ranked UCF vaulted the Tigers into the top 10 of the final editions of both major polls for the 2018 season. This marks LSU’s highest finish since finishing No. 2 in the polls following the 2011 season. The Tigers also finished 12th in the final S&P+ rankings as well.

LSU checked in at Nos. 6 and 7 in the Associated Press and Coaches Polls:

AP Top 25 - Final Rankings

Rank, Team, Record, Points

1, Clemson (61), 15-0, 1,525
2, Alabama, 14-1, 1,462
3, Ohio State, 13-1, 1,364
4, Oklahoma, 12-2, 1,356
5, Notre Dame, 12-1, 1,286
6, LSU, 10-3, 1,119
7, Georgia, 11-3, 1,103
7, Florida, 10-3, 1,103
9, Texas, 10-4, 1,076
10, Washington State, 11-2, 959
11, UCF, 12-1, 898
12, Kentucky, 10-3, 820
13, Washington, 10-4, 806
14, Michigan, 10-3, 745
15, Syracuse, 10-3, 683
16, Texas A&M, 9-4, 552
17, Penn State, 9-4, 492
18, Fresno State, 12-2, 466
19, Army, 11-2, 418
20, West Virginia, 8-4, 296
21, Northwestern, 9-5, 284
22, Utah State, 11-2, 188
23, Boise State, 10-3, 184
24, Cincinnati, 11-2, 171
25, Iowa, 9-4, 120

Others Receiving Votes:

Appalachian St. 96, Stanford 52, Mississippi St. 45, Utah 43, UAB 32, Iowa St. 26, Auburn 15, Oregon 11, Missouri 10, Troy 6, Georgia Southern 6, Oklahoma St. 3, Wisconsin 2, NC State 2.


Amway Coaches Poll - 2018 Final Rankings

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points, Previous

1, Clemson (63), 15-0, 1575, 2
2, Alabama, 14-1, 1512, 1
3, Ohio State, 13-1, 1416, 5
4, Oklahoma, 12-2, 1392, 4
5, Notre Dame, 12-1, 1294, 3
6, Florida, 10-3, 1177, 10
7, LSU, 10-3, 1170, 11
8, Georgia, 11-3, 1127, 6
9, Texas, 10-4, 1082, 14
10, Washington State, 11-2, 994, 13
11, Kentucky, 10-3, 931, 15
12, Central Florida, 12-1, 857, 7
13, Washington, 10-4, 790, 9
14, Michigan, 10-3, 762, 8
15, Syracuse, 10-3, 710, 17
16, Texas A&M, 9-4, 616, 20
17, Penn State, 9-4, 569, 12
18, Fresno State, 12-2, 489, 21
19, Northwestern, 9-5, 370, 22
20, Army, 11-2, 331, 25
21, Utah State, 11-2, 248, 23
22, West Virginia, 8-4, 228, 16
23, Cincinnati, 11-2, 186, NR
24, Boise State, 10-3, 164, 24
25, Iowa, 9-4, 102, NR

Schools Dropped Out

No. 18 Mississippi State, No. 19 Utah.

Others Receiving Votes

Mississippi State 101; Utah 72; Appalachian State 56; Stanford 38; Iowa State 29; Auburn 27; Oregon 18; Missouri 14; UAB 9; Georgia Southern 7; Virginia 5; NC State 2; Wisconsin 2; Troy 2; Duke 1.

This marks LSU’s highest finish since finishing No. 2 in the polls following the 2011 season. The Tigers also finished 12th in the final S&P+ rankings as well.