Ohio State is No. 1; TCU finishes 3rd in final AP rankings

Ohio State is No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll and TCU finished third, in front of two teams that made the playoff ahead of the Horned Frogs.

The Buckeyes finished on top of the AP Top 25 for the fifth time in program history, matching Miami and Southern California for fourth most behind Alabama (nine), Notre Dame (eight) and Oklahoma (seven).

Ohio State beat Oregon 42-20 on Monday night in the first College Football Playoff national championship game and got all 59 first-place votes in the media poll.

The Ducks finished second in the rankings, matching their best finish.

The Horned Frogs, who were left out of the playoff but beat Mississippi 42-3 in the Peach Bowl, were ranked ahead of No. 4 Alabama and No. 5 Florida State. The Tide and Seminoles lost playoff semifinals.

Michigan State tied Florida State for fifth.

Associated Press Top 25 poll (through Jan. 12 games) 

(first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Ohio State 14-1 (59), 1,475  Last poll: 5

2. Oregon 13-2, 1,402  Last poll: 3

3. TCU, 12-1 1,349  Last poll: 6

4. Alabama, 12-2 1,297 Last poll: 1

5. Florida St., 13-1 1,212 Last poll: 2

5. Michigan St., 11-2 1,212 Last poll: 7

7. Baylor, 11-2 1,098 Last poll: 4

8. Georgia Tech, 11-3 1,071 Last poll: 10

9. Georgia, 10-3 925 Last poll: 13

10. UCLA, 10-3 908 Last poll: 14

11. Mississippi St., 10-3 767 Last poll: 8

12. Arizona St., 10-3 756 Last poll: 15

13. Wisconsin, 11-3 724 Last poll: 17

14. Missouri, 11-3 710 Last poll: 16

15. Clemson, 10-3 683 Last poll: 18

16. Boise St., 12-2 653 Last poll: 21

17. Mississippi, 9-4 543 Last poll: 9

18. Kansas St., 9-4 509 Last poll: 11

19. Arizona, 10-4 499 Last poll: 12

20. Southern Cal, 9-4 315 Last poll: 24

21. Utah, 9-4 302 Last poll: 23

22. Auburn, 8-5 216 Last poll: 19

23. Marshall, 13-1 161 Last poll: NR

24. Louisville, 9-4 116 Last poll: 20

25. Memphis, 10-3 94 Last poll: NR