The University of Arkansas football team finished No. 5 in both the final Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, marking the program’s first top-five finish since 1977.
The Razorbacks (11-2), who tied a school record with 11 wins after defeating No. 11 Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl, ended the season with a top-five ranking for just the fourth time in school history.
Arkansas finished No. 2 in 1964 in the AP Poll and No. 3 in both 1965 and 1977.
The No. 5 finish this season is the highest from any Bobby Petrino-led squad. While at Louisville, his teams finished No. 6 in 2006 and No. 7 in 2004.
This is the second season in a row that Arkansas has finished as a ranked team. The Hogs ended last year at No. 12. The last time the Razorbacks had consecutive ranked season finishes was in 1998-99.
2011 NCAA Football Final Rankings
|Ranking||AP Top 25||USA Today Coaches’ Poll|
|3.||Oklahoma State||Oklahoma State|
|8.||Boise State||South Carolina|
|17.||West Virginia||Virginia Tech|
|23.||Florida State||Florida State|