LSU and Clemson concluded the 2019 College Football Playoff on Monday, with LSU scoring a convincing 42-25 win to finish as the top team in college football.
Of course, the crowning of LSU as the top team in the country is merely a formality at this point; the Tigers left no doubt after beating seven teams ranked in the final AP Top 25 (all of which were ranked in the top 10 at game time). Still, it’s worth seeing where teams ranked after the final whistle is blown.
So what do the top 25 rankings look like? Clemson and Ohio State finished second and third in the AP Top 25, respectively, while Oklahoma fell to No. 7 after its abysmal outing against LSU in the Peach Bowl. Georgia, which was manhandled by LSU in the SEC title game, finished fourth, followed by No. 5 Oregon, No. 6 Florida, No. 8 Alabama, No. 9 Penn State and No. 10 Minnesota.
In all, the Big Ten finished with a conference-high six teams in the AP Top 25, followed by the SEC (five), Big 12 (three), Pac-12 (two) ACC (one) and independents (one). Group of 5 teams collectively represented seven of the final ranked teams.
With that, the final AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll rankings after bowl season:
College football polls updated after bowl season
AP Top 25
Moved in: No. 24 UCF, No. 25 Texas
Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 54; Florida Atlantic 46; Washington 39; Virginia 28; USC 16; San Diego State 13; Arizona State 12; SMU 10; Tennessee 8; California 6; Louisiana Tech 2; Kentucky 2; Kansas State 2; Louisiana 2.
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