Eagles Ranked In Final Football Polls
Jan. 4, 2002
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College football team, fresh off a 20-16 victory over Georgia in the 2001 Music City Bowl, is ranked No. 21 in the final Associated Press poll and No. 23 in the final ESPN-USA Today poll.
The rankings mark the first time since 1994 that the Eagles have been included in the final polls. The '94 BC team was No. 23 in the final AP poll and No. 22 in the final coaches poll that year. The last time BC finished higher than No. 21 in the final AP was in 1993 when BC was No. 13.
The win over Georgia and the victory over Arizona State in the 2000 Aloha Bowl puts BC in elite college football company as only eight schools have won bowl games in each of the past two seasons: Boston College, Colorado State, Louisiana State, Marshall, Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma, Oregon and South Carolina.
BC's success this year in men's basketball and men's ice hockey also puts the school in a prestigious group. Only eight schools are ranked in the final AP football poll and the current AP men's basketball poll - BC, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma, Stanford and Syracuse. BC is currently ranked No. 11 in the latest AP basketball poll. When men's ice hockey is included, Boston College is the only school in the country to be in the final AP football poll, the current AP men's basketball poll and the major college men's ice hockey polls - where the Eagles are tenth.