Arizona State finished No. 21 in the season-ending Associated Press college football poll following its loss to Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl.
The Sun Devils were one of six Pac-12 teams in the Top 25.
Undefeated Florida State was the unanimous choice as the nation’s No. 1 team following its dramatic victory over Auburn in Monday night’s BCS championship game at the Rose Bowl, ending a seven-year streak for Southeastern Conference teams.
Florida State’s third AP national title (1993 and ’99) ties it for ninth-most with rival Florida and Texas.
Auburn finished second, followed by Rose Bowl champion Michigan State, South Carolina and Missouri — giving the SEC three of the nation’s top five teams and four of the top seven (defending champion Alabama finished seventh).
Oklahoma was No. 6, with Alabama, Clemson, Oregon and Fiesta Bowl champion Central Florida completing the top 10.
From the Pac-12, conference champion Stanford was No. 11, UCLA was 16th, USC 19th, ASU 21st and Washington 25th.