Central Michigan’s football team finished among the Associated Press’ top 25 teams in the nation for the first time.
The Chippewas (12-2), double-overtime winners over Troy in Wednesday night’s GMAC Bowl, finished 23rd.
CMU junior receiver/returner Antonio Brown, who was named the GMAC Bowl MVP, announced that he will enter the NFL draft. Brown finished with 305 receptions for 3,199 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Alabama (14-0) was voted No. 1, earning its seventh AP title after beating Texas, 37-21, in the BCS championship game. Only Notre Dame has more AP national championships, with eight. Oklahoma also has seven.
Texas (13-1) was No. 2 and Florida (13-1), last season’s champion, was third.
The only other unbeaten team in the nation, Boise State (14-0), wound up fourth. Ohio State finished fifth followed by TCU, Iowa, Cincinnati, Penn State and Virginia Tech, giving the Big Ten three top 10 teams, the most of any league.
Poor postseason showings in recent years have hurt the Big Ten’s reputation nationally, but this season Ohio State and Iowa won BCS games as underdogs and Penn State beat LSU in the Capital One Bowl.
The USA Today coaches’ poll had the same top five as the AP.
Michigan State and Michigan were not ranked. The Spartans (6-7) last made the cut in 2008, when they finished 24th; the Wolverines (5-7) last made it in 2007 (18th).