It’s the fifth time (1942, 1954, 1968, 2002, 2014) the Buckeyes have ended a season atop the AP poll, which ties them with USC and Miami (Fla.) but behind Alabama (9), Notre Dame (8) and Oklahoma (7) for most all-time.
Oregon is second in the poll, and TCU is third after its 42-3 rout of Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Horned Frogs jumped ahead of the two other College Football Playoff semifinalists, Alabama and Florida State, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Memphis finished 10-3 after a 55-48 double-overtime win over BYU in the Miami Beach Bowl that featured a brawl at the end of the game. The Tigers make their first appearance in the Top 25 since Sept. 2004.
- Scooby Axson