The final regular-season Associated Press poll came out Sunday
morning several hours before the College Football Playoff rankings
and the two ended up with the same top four but in slightly
Alabama (13-0), after its 54-16 blowout of Florida in the
Southeastern Conference championship game on Saturday, remained the
unanimous No. 1. Ohio State was next at No. 2 followed by Clemson
All four teams were selected for the College Football Playoff, but
the CFP rankings flipped Ohio State and Clemson, which defeated
Virginia Tech on Saturday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference
championship game, at Nos. 2 and 3.
Penn State made the biggest move among the top teams, jumping three
spots to No. 5 in the AP after rallying to beat Wisconsin on
Saturday night in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis.
The Nittany Lions (10-2) also were fifth in the CFP rankings.
In the AP and the CFP, Michigan (10-2) came in at No. 6, giving the
Big Ten East Division three teams in the top six. The Wolverines
were idle Saturday after losing in double overtime to Ohio State a
Oklahoma (10-2) moved into the seventh spot in the AP poll after
beating Oklahoma State on Saturday to win the Big 12 championship.
Wisconsin (9-3), the fourth Big Ten team in the top 10, slipped to
No. 8 after falling 38-31 to Penn State in the conference title
Rounding out the top 10 were USC, one of the hottest teams in the
country, and Florida State.
Western Michigan (13-0), the only undefeated team in FBS, was No.
12 in the AP poll after beating Ohio in the Mid-American Conference
championship on Friday night in Detroit.
Florida fell five spots from No. 15 to No. 20 after losing to
Alabama and Temple entered the AP Top 25 at No. 23 after beating
Navy in the American Athletic Conference championship game on