Final AP Top 25 College Football Rankings

Alabama won the national championship in dominating fashion last night and was clearly and obviously the best team in college football this season. The final AP poll has been released this morning:

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Clemson
4. Texas A&M
5. Notre Dame
6. Oklahoma
7. Georgia
8. Cincinnati
9. Iowa State
10. Northwestern
11. BYU
12. Indiana
13. Florida
14. Coastal Carolina
15. Louisiana-Lafayette
16. Iowa
17. Liberty
18. North Carolina
19. Texas
20. Oklahoma State
21. USC
22. Miami
23. Ball State
24. San Jose State
25. Buffalo

A few quick takeaways:

1) Texas A&M finishing ahead of Notre Dame is interesting. I had previously argued that they should’ve made the playoff ahead of Notre Dame. However, I can’t imagine their result against Alabama would’ve been much different than the Irish’s performance, nor much different from the Aggies’ 28-point loss earlier in the season.

2) The biggest what-if from the college football season for me is Oklahoma. The Sooners had early season losses to Iowa State and Kansas State before ripping off eight wins in a row, including a revenge victory over Iowa State in the Big 12 Championship and a win over Florida in the Cotton Bowl. The last few months of the season, Oklahoma was playing some great football. If there were an eight-team playoff, it would’ve been cool to see what they could do.

3) Northwestern and Indiana finishing Nos. 10 and 12 is great for these programs. As a Wisconsin alum, I’m happy for them, and I also feel a little bit threatened by them.

4) Other fun schools to see finish in the top 25: Coastal Carolina, Louisina-Lafayette, Liberty, Ball State, San Jose State, and Buffalo. Kudos to all of those programs for their performances this season.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Sure, and again the B1G butt buddies have spoken. A&M lost one game early in the year to Alabama by 28 points. osu lost one game by 28 points to the same team. Clemson has 2 losses, ND 2 losses, ou 2 losses (early in the year like A&M). osu had one great game(yes they destroyed clemson), but struggled in games against the 2 teams with winning records on their schedule. By the logic set forth by the CFP committee osu and A&M have one loss by 28 points to Alabama. Why are they #2? Why is clemson with 2 losses #3? Oh yeah the almighty eye test. 8-1 against all SEC competition that lost 2 bowl games(Florida mailed it in early and Auburn lost their HC). (Congrats to the B12 y’all did win them all) Who’s eye test is this anyway? Oh well, osu and clemson are good teams. “Wait ’til Next Year” Gig ‘Em!

    • Very good points. The eye testing we’re trusting here are 2000+ AP members with no oversight. What qualifications do they have? They are AP members, in a state with a football team, and they cover D1 football. That’s it. No eye testing the eye testers to ensure any standard of performance. Nah. There’s nothing, no guidelines, no criteria, no best practice, no certification or review process, etc. If you are a breathing member of the AP you’re qualified. These are the experts.

  2. Group of 5, 8 teams…PAC 12, 1 team. Ouch. As much as the blue bloods rule the college football landscape, that should be eye opening to the PAC 12 teams AND their future recruits. I do not see the PAC 12 recovering from this for a long time…

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