MSU's Denzel Drone celebrates as his team stops Stanford's final drive to become Rose Bowl champions. (Ankur Dholakia / Special to The Detroit News)
Move over SEC, Florida State is back on top.
Florida State finished No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll, ending the Southeastern Conference's record streak of seven national championships.
Michigan State, which defeated Stanford in the Rose Bowl, moved up one spot to third from the final regular-season poll.
The Seminoles received all 60 first-place votes from the media panel after beating Auburn 34-31 in the BCS championship game on Monday night in the Rose Bowl.
Florida State's third AP national title (1992 and 1999) ties it for ninth-most with rival Florida and Texas.
The Tigers (12-2) finished second in their extraordinary turnaround season, but for the first time since Texas in 2005, the Southeastern Conference is not on top of the final rankings.
South Carolina and Missouri rounded out the top five.
The top five were the same in the final USA Today coaches’ poll.