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AP Top 25 Released: Have we learned our lesson about Ohio State?

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Five Big Ten teams make the year-end rankings, and the normal order of the day prevails. Ho-hum.

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With the dust settled on all 41 bowl games (well, 40, thanks to the Servpro Bowl), the AP Poll has released its Top 25 rankings for college football. And here’s how we stack up:

AP Poll Top 25

  1. Clemson Tigers (61 FPV)
  2. Alabama Crimson Tide
  3. Ohio State Buckeyes
  4. Oklahoma Sooners
  5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  6. LSU Tigers
  7. Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs (TIE)
  8. ——
  9. Texas Longhorns
  10. Washington State Cougars
  11. UCF Knights
  12. Kentucky Wildcats
  13. Washington Huskies
  14. Michigan Wolverines
  15. Syracuse Orange
  16. Texas A&M Aggies
  17. Penn State Nittany Lions
  18. Fresno State Bulldogs
  19. Army Black Knights
  20. West Virginia Mountaineers
  21. Northwestern Wildcats
  22. Utah State Aggies
  23. Boise State Broncos
  24. Cincinnati Bearcats
  25. Iowa Hawkeyes

B1G Talking Points:

  • Ohio State finishes exactly where they should have been—the best team not to make the College Football Playoff. Begin the debates about whether the Buckeyes would have beaten Oklahoma or Notre Dame.
  • I’d put Michigan behind Syracuse.
  • It’s logical to me to have a blue-blood like Penn State as the last still-ranked team in the “blue blood”/”good team” section, which this year is 16 teams and UCF! But God...they lost to Kentucky. KENTUCKY.
  • I personally don’t think teams that lost to the Minnesota Golden Gophers should even sniff the year-end Top 25. Congrats to Fresno State on being the first team to earn that distinct in a couple decades, though.
  • Go to the West Coast, beat #17/#20 Utah by two scores, get ranked...basically right where you were in the CFP, and behind a Big XII team that lost its coach and its bowl. Oh, and behind two mid-majors. Yep, all is right in the Northwestern world. Can’t wait to prove ‘em right with a loss to Stanford and/or UNLV next year.
  • Seriously, though, Army was one of the best emergence stories in college football this year. Congrats to the Black Knights and Jeff Monken.
  • Oddly, the other might have been Iowa State. But yet, like Twinkies after a nuclear holocaust, there’s Iowa.

Poll

Who’s MOST overrated?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Ohio State
    (60 votes)
  • 43%
    Michigan
    (218 votes)
  • 24%
    Penn State
    (123 votes)
  • 9%
    Northwestern
    (45 votes)
  • 10%
    Iowa
    (53 votes)
499 votes total Vote Now