BATON ROUGE -- LSU's 40-3 win over Miami in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl catapulted the Tigers to a No. 5 national ranking in the final USA Today Coaches Poll of the 2005 season, it was announced on Thursday.
The No. 5 ranking marks only the second time in school history the Tigers have finished a season ranked in the top five in the nation in the coaches poll. The only other time came in 2003 when the Tigers won the BCS National Title and completed their 13-1 season with a No. 1 ranking. The USA Today Coaches poll first began in 1982.
The Tigers were No. 6 in the Associated Press poll as West Virginia edged out LSU for the No. 5 spot. LSU still managed to finish in the top 10 in the AP poll for the third time in four years. It also marked the 17th time LSU has finished a season ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation in the AP poll since the 1936 season.
Texas, 41-38 winners over Southern Cal in the BCS National Championship Game on Wednesday, finished ranked No. 1 in both polls, followed by the Trojans at No. 2, Penn State at No. 3 and Ohio State at No. 4.
The 11-2 Tigers were the highest ranked Southeastern Conference team. Alabama followed LSU with a No. 8 ranking in both polls. Other SEC teams in the polls include Georgia at No. 10 in both polls; Florida at No. 12 in the AP poll and No. 16 in the coaches poll; and Auburn at No. 14 in both polls.