South Carolina was No. 8 and Florida was ninth.
Texas A&M, in its first season in the SEC, finished with its best final AP rankings since 1956.
The SEC also matched a record with seven teams in the final Top 25. LSU was 14th and Vanderbilt was 23rd. The SEC and Big Ten both finished with seven teams in the final rankings of the 1999 season.
Stanford was seventh and Florida State was 10th.
The Seminoles' ACC rival, Clemson, was 11th, followed by Kansas State and Louisville.
After LSU, was Oklahoma at No. 15. Utah State is the highest ranked team from a conference without a BCS automatic qualifying bid. The Aggies won the Western Athletic Conference in its last season as a football league.
Northwestern was 17th, Boise State was No. 18, Texas was 19th and Oregon State 20th.
The final five were San Jose State, another WAC team, Northern Illinois from the Mid-American Conference, Vandy, Michigan and Nebraska.