As expected following Monday night’s 52-24 loss to Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship, Ohio State finished No. 2 in the final Associated Press poll of the season.
The Buckeyes (7-1) won their fourth straight Big Ten title this fall and reached the title game with a 49-28 win over No. 3 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl.
Texas A&M jumped one spot to fourth by virtue of its Orange Bowl win over No. 18 North Carolina, while Notre Dame – which fell to the Crimson Tide in the other playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl – rounded out the top five.
Here’s a complete breakdown of the final AP poll:
|Ranking||Team||Record||Points (First Place Votes)||Previous||Conference|
|No. 1||Alabama||12–0||1,525 (61)||1||SEC|
|No. 2||Ohio State||7–0||1,463||3||Big Ten|
|No. 4||Texas A&M||9–1||1,303||5||SEC|
|No. 5||Notre Dame||10–2||1,279||4||ACC|
|No. 6||Oklahoma||9–2||1,243||8||Big XII|
|No. 9||Iowa State||9–3||1,035||12||Big XII|
|No. 10||Northwestern||7–2||893||15||Big Ten|
|No. 12||Indiana||6–2||773||7||Big Ten|
|No. 14||Coastal Carolina||11–1||725||9||Sun Belt|
|No. 15||Louisiana-Lafayette||10–1||664||16||Sun Belt|
|No. 16||Iowa||6–2||581||17||Big Ten|
|No. 18||North Carolina||8–4||532||14||ACC|
|No. 19||Texas||7–3||485||20||Big XII|
|No. 20||Oklahoma State||8–3||417||–||Big XII|
|No. 22||Miami (FL)||8–3||284||18||ACC|
|No. 23||Ball State||7–1||183||–||MAC|
|No. 24||San Jose State||7–1||80||19||Mountain West|
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