For the eighth time in as many years, Ohio State has finished in the top six of the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll of the season.
The Buckeyes trail Georgia – which captured its first national title in 41 years on Monday night – Alabama, Michigan, Cincinnati and Baylor. The top four all participated in College Football Playoff, while the Bears won the Sugar Bowl against Ole Miss.
Ohio State beat Utah in the Rose Bowl, meanwhile, to finish the season at 11-2 overall and 8-1 in the Big Ten, with their losses coming to Oregon on Sept. 11 and the Wolverines on Nov. 27. It was Michigan’s first win in the series in 10 years.
The Big Ten ended the year with four teams in the poll after going 6-4 in the postseason, also including Michigan State at No. 9 and Iowa at No. 23. The Spartans won the Peach Bowl against Pittsburgh, while the Hawkeyes fell to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl.
With that said, the final AP Top 25 Poll can be found below, with first-place votes in parenthesis:
- Georgia (61)
- Ohio State
- Oklahoma State
- Notre Dame
- Michigan State
- Ole Miss
- Wake Forest
- N.C. State
- Utah State
- San Diego State
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