Ohio State finished fifth in both the Associated Press and Amway college football coaches polls released Tuesday.
The Buckeyes (12-2), who were ranked No. 5 by the College Football Playoff selection committee and out of the CFP semifinals as a result, did not supplant any of the playoff teams despite defeating Southern California in the Cotton Bowl.
CFP champion Alabama was the unanimous No. 1 in both polls after defeating Georgia 26-23 in overtime in a dramatic victory Monday night in Atlanta. The Bulldogs finished No. 2, followed by Oklahoma and Clemson.
The first divergence in the polls came at No. 6. Central Florida, the only undefeated team in Football Bowl Subdivision team, finished sixth in the AP poll, which is conducted by 60 media members. Wisconsin was No. 6 in the coaches poll.
In the AP poll, Wisconsin, Penn State, Texas Christian and Auburn rounded out the top 10. In the coaches poll, USC was 10th instead of Auburn.
Michigan State and Northwestern were the other Big Ten teams who finished in the top 25. Michigan State was 15th in the AP and 16th in the coaches poll. Northwestern was No. 17 in both polls.
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