Arkansas football finishes fifth in final AP and USA Today polls

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
1. Alabama Alabama
3. Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
4. Oregon Oregon
5. Arkansas Arkansas
6. USC Boise State
7. Stanford Stanford
8. Boise State South Carolina
9. South Carolina Michigan
10. Wisconsin Michigan State
11. Michigan State Wisconsin
12. Michigan Baylor
13. Baylor TCU
14. TCU Houston
15. Kansas State Oklahoma
16. Oklahoma Kansas State
17. West Virginia Virginia Tech
18. Houston West Virginia
19. Georgia Southern Miss
20. Southern Miss Georgia
21. Virginia Tech Cincinnati
22. Clemson Clemson
23. Florida State Florida State
24. Nebraska Nebraska
25. Cincinnati Brigham Young