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Boise State football finishes in the top 25 as the final college football polls are released

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Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch celebrates with friends, family and fans after the Broncos' 38-28 win against Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday.
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Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch celebrates with friends, family and fans after the Broncos' 38-28 win against Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday.

The Boise State football team finished at No. 22 in the final AP Top 25 early Tuesday morning. The Broncos were 25th in the final regular season poll.

The Broncos were 22nd in the final USA Today Coaches’ Poll, too. They were 24th coming into the bowls.

Boise State (11-3) won the Mountain West and beat Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Broncos finished in the Top 25 for the 11th time in the past 16 seasons, but just the second time in the past five seasons.

Here is the final AP poll (see here how we voted):

1. Alabama (57 first-place votes)

2. Georgia

3. Oklahoma

4. Clemson

5. Ohio State

6. UCF (4)

7. Wisconsin

8. Penn State

9. TCU

10. Auburn

11. Notre Dame

12. USC

13. Miami (Fla.)

14. Oklahoma State

15. Michigan State

16. Washington

17. Northwestern

18. LSU

19. Mississippi State

20. Stanford

21. South Florida

22. Boise State

23. North Carolina State

24. Virginia Tech

25. Memphis

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