Florida’s 24-14 victory over Oklahoma in the BCS title game on Thursday night ensured there would not be a split national title.
The top-ranked Gators (13-1) finished atop the USA Today coaches’ poll and also remained No. 1 in the final AP media poll.
USC (12-1), which defeated Penn State in the Rose Bowl, finished second in the coaches’ poll but third in the AP poll behind Florida and Utah.
Utah (13-0), which beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, was the only unbeaten team in the NCAA’s Bowl Subdivision.
Asked if he thought USC could’ve beaten Florida or Oklahoma, Trojans Coach Pete Carroll said, “Yes, I do. They’re really good teams but you can see that if you play really good defense you can quiet those offenses.”
-- Gary Klein
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