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Ohio State Ranked No. 5 In Final USA TODAY Coaches Poll Of 2021 College Football Season

The 48-45 win over Utah in the Rose Bowl gave the Buckeyes their fifth top-five finish in a row.

For the fifth time in as many seasons, Ohio State has finished in top five of the final USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll of the season.

The Buckeyes the four teams that reached the College Football Playoff, including national champions Georgia and national runner-up Alabama, as well as Michigan and Cincinnati.

Ohio State ended the season at 11-2 overall and 8-1 in the Big Ten, including losses to Oregon on Sept. 11 and Michigan on Nov. 27, which kept the Buckeyes from the conference title game and playoff.

That also includes a 48-45 win over Utah in the Rose Bowl, which helped the program finish fifth in the coaches poll and sixth in the Associated Press Top 25.

Other Big Ten teams ranked in the final poll include Michigan State at No. 8 and Iowa at No. 23. The Spartans won the Peach Bowl over Pittsburgh, while the Hawkeyes fell in the Citrus Bowl against Kentucky.

That said, the full USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll is as follows, with first-place votes in parenthesis:

  1. Georgia (62)
  2. Alabama
  3. Michigan
  4. Cincinnati
  5. Ohio State
  6. Baylor
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Michigan State
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Ole Miss
  12. Utah
  13. Pittsburgh
  14. Wake Forest
  15. Kentucky
  16. Clemson
  17. Houston
  18. Louisiana-Lafayette
  19. N.C. State
  20. Arkansas
  21. Oregon
  22. BYU
  23. Iowa
  24. Utah State
  25. Texas A&M


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