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January 8, 2013

VU ranked No. 20 in final coaches poll

One last exclamation point has been placed on Vanderbilt's historic 2012 football season: For only the second time in school history, the program finished the season ranked in the top 25.

VU finished No. 20 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the AP poll.

The only other Vanderbilt football team that finished in the final AP Top 25 poll was Red Sanders' 1948 team. That 8-2-1 squad finished ranked No. 12 by the AP.

The nine-win total represents a season-season high for the Commodores since they joined the Southeastern Conference as charter members in 1933. Vanderbilt's four losses came versus teams that ended up being ranked in the top 20 in the nation: Georgia(4), South Carolina (8), Florida (9) and Northwestern (17).

Also of note, VU defeated three teams that would have become bowl-eligible had they beaten Vanderbilt. Tennessee, Missouri and Wake Forest each finished with five wins on the season.

The last time Vanderbilt was ranked nationally was in 2008, when Bobby Johnson's team was ranked No. 22 on October 28 after starting that season 5-0.

Seven SEC teams finished the season ranked in the top 25, including No. 1 Alabama, which defeated previously undefeated Notre Dame in the BCS title game.

Final 2012/13 USA Today/Coaches Poll
1 Alabama (56) 1400
2 Oregon 1322
3 Notre Dame 1253
4 Georgia 1213
5 Texas A&M 1171
6 Stanford 1167
7 South Carolina 1064
8 Florida State 942
9 Clemson 916
10 Florida 886
11 Kansas State 841
12 LSU 775
13 Louisville 772
14 Boise State 633
15 Oklahoma 600
16 Northwestern 580
17 Utah State 444
18 Texas 398
19 Oregon State 366
20 Vanderbilt 248
21 San Jose State 244
22 Cincinnati 186
23 Nebraska 175
24 Northern Illinois 156
25 Tulsa 110


Final 2012/13 AP Poll
1 Alabama (59) 1475
2 Oregon 1358
3 Ohio State 1302
4 Notre Dame 1288
5 Georgia 1230
5 Texas A&M 1230
7 Stanford 1169
8 South Carolina 1038
9 Florida 933
10 Florida State 922
11 Clemson 889
12 Kansas State 871
13 Louisville 781
14 LSU 756
15 Oklahoma 615
16 Utah State 456
17 Northwestern 443
18 Boise State 419
19 Texas 358
20 Oregon State 303
21 San Jose State 243
22 Northern Illinois 227
23 Vanderbilt 180
24 Michigan 147
25 Nebraska 119


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