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Nevada finishes 34th in the final AP Top 25; plus Murray's final ballot

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Nevada football finished 34th in the nation. (David Calvert/Nevada athletics)

The Nevada football team finished the season ranked tied 34th in the nation.

The Wolf Pack received seven votes in the final AP Top 25 poll, released after the conclusion of the championship game between Alabama and Ohio State. That put Nevada tied with North Carolina State for ninth among teams in the "others receiving votes" category. It also marked just the third time the Wolf Pack has received votes in the final AP Top 25 poll, joining the 2010 and 2005 seasons.

The Wolf Pack was one of two Mountain West teams to receive votes in Monday's final AP Top 25 poll along with San Jose State, which ranked 24th after losing to Ball State in its bowl game. The Spartans went 7-1, including a win over Nevada, which finished 7-2, including a 38-27 win in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl over Tulane.

This marked the first time since 2010 that Nevada got votes in the final AP Top 25 poll. The Wolf Pack finished 11th in the nation that season after going 13-1. That is the only time Nevada placed in the Top 25 at the end of the season. The Wolf Pack has reached the Top 25 only twice, in 2010 and 1948. Nevada also ranked 29th in the final poll in 2005 after finishing fourth among "others receiving votes."

The Wolf Pack's 34th-place finish this season is the third highest in program history. Nevada's points came from two No. 24 votes from Josh Furlong (KSL in Salt Lake City) and Kirk Bohls (Austin American Statesman) and three No. 25 votes from Rece Davis (ESPN), David Jablonski (Dayton Daily News) and John Clay (Lexington Herald Leader).

Nevada also received two votes in the coaches poll, although that was released before bowls were played. The coaches do not have a final Top 25 votes after the bowl games.

Here was my final AP Top 25 ballot.

1. Alabama (1)

2. Ohio State (2)

3. Clemson (3)

4. Texas A&M (6)

5. Oklahoma (9)

6. Georgia (12)

7. Notre Dame (5)

8. Cincinnati (4)

9. Iowa State (10)

10. Northwestern (14)

11. Indiana (7)

12. Florida (11)

13. Coastal Carolina (8)

14. BYU (15)

15. Louisiana-Lafayette (16)

16. USC (17)

17. Liberty (22)

18. Texas (25)

19. North Carolina (18)

20. Ball State (n/r)

21. Oklahoma State (n/r)

22. Iowa (21)

23. Miami (20)

24. San Jose State (13)

25. Buffalo (18)

Columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @ByChrisMurray.

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