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Colorado Buffaloes No. 17 & 15 in final 2016 polls

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Mike MacIntyre’s team receives the best season-ending ranking since 2001.

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After making a bowl appearance for the first time in nine years, the Colorado Buffaloes (10-4, 8-2 Pac-12) finish the season ranked No. 17 in the AP poll. It’s the highest postseason ranking in 15 years, since coming in at No. 9 in 2001. This season marks the first time in 11 years the Buffaloes were ranked along with a winning record.

CU’s joined by four other Pac-12 teams in the poll with USC Trojans at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Washington Huskies, No. 12 Stanford Cardinal, and No. 23 Utah Utes.

The top spot in the rankings was secured by the Clemson Tigers, who won their first national championship in 35 years, beating former No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31. The SEC elite was bumped down to No. 2. following the loss to Clemson and was the first defeat in the series since 1905.

In the Coaches Poll the Buffaloes finished even higher, ending up at the No. 15 spot.

Here’s the full list of AP Top 25 teams.

1. Clemson 14-1

2 Alabama 14-1

3. USC 10-3

4. Washington 12-2

5. Oklahoma 11-2

6. Ohio State 11-2

7. Penn State 11-3

8. Florida State 10-3

9 Wisconsin 11-3

10. Michigan 10-3

11. Oklahoma State 10-3

12. Stanford 10-3

13. LSU 8-4

14. Florida 9-4

15. Western Michigan 13-1

16. Virginia Tech 10-4

17. Colorado 10-4

18. West Virginia 10-3

19. South Florida 11-2

20 Miami 9-4

21. Louisville 9-4

22. Tennessee 9-4

23. Utah 9-4

24. Auburn 8-5

25. San Diego State 11-3

Others receiving votes: Kansas St. 83, Georgia Tech 47, Nebraska 38, W. Kentucky 32, Air Force 30, Pittsburgh 21, Boise St. 19, Iowa 14, Minnesota 12, Tulsa 10, BYU 9, Temple 8, Houston 8, North Carolina 8, Navy 1, Washington St. 1.