The Broncos ended the season on a nine-game winning streak, which is the second-longest active streak behind National Champion Ohio State. Going into the Fiesta Bowl, the Broncos were ranked 20th, but the 38-30 win over Arizona gained the Broncos some national respect.  The Broncos finish the season at number 16 in the AP football poll.

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1. Ohio St. (59) 14-1
2. Oregon 13-2
3. TCU 12-1
4. Alabama 12-2
5. Florida St. 13-1
6. Michigan St. 11-2
7. Baylor 11-2
8. Georgia Tech 11-3
9. Georgia 10-3
10. UCLA 10-3
11. Mississippi St. 10-3
12. Arizona St. 10-3
13. Wisconsin 11-3
14. Missouri 11-3
15. Clemson 10-3
16. Boise St. 12-2
17. Mississippi 9-4
18. Kansas St. 9-4
19. Arizona 10-4
20. Southern Cal 9-4
21. Utah 9-4
22. Auburn 8-5
23. Marshall 13-1
24. Louisville 9-4
25. Memphis 10-3