|A Football First – Consensus #21 in Final Polls|
For the first time in its long football history, San Jose State University finished nationally-ranked in the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls. In the polls released following the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) national championship game, the Spartans were a consensus #21 with its 11-2 win-loss record.
San Jose State entered the post-season bowl season ranked #24 in the A.P. and the coaches' polls and was listed #24 in the final BCS standings. The Spartans picked up their third consecutive bowl victory with a 29-20 decision over Bowling Green in the Military Bowl.
"Congratulations to our players and coaches on a tremendous season. Today's news further validates what we accomplished in 2012 as a football program," says athletics director Gene Bleymaier. "To be nationally-ranked in the polls, named in the final BCS standings and win a bowl game is something The Spartan Nation can remember with great pride for a long, long time."
The Spartans are one of 21 teams in the A.P. top-25 and one of 22 in the USA Today coaches' polls with 10 or more victories. Twenty-six Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams in 2012 won 10 or more games.
The only other time a San Jose State team finished nationally ranked in a widely-recognized poll was the 1990 Spartans that was 20th in the final U.P.I. coaches poll after a 9-2-1 win-loss record and a California Raisin Bowl victory. The 1990 San Jose State team received enough votes to be listed 26th in the final Associated Press poll.