As expected, Clemson finished No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll with all 61 first-place votes after routing Alabama 44-16 in the national championship game, and Alabama ended up second.

But Ohio State’s withstanding a late Washington surge to win the Rose Bowl impressed AP poll voters, who moved the Buckeyes from No. 5 to No. 3, leapfrogging College Football Playoff participants Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

Oklahoma lost to Alabama in the Orange Bowl semifinal and ended up No. 4. Notre Dame, which lost to Clemson in the Cotton Bowl semifinal, was fifth.

LSU was sixth and Southeastern Conference rivals Florida and Georgia were tied for seventh. Texas was ninth and Washington State tenth.

The next Big Ten team in the final Top 25 poll was Michigan at No. 14. Penn State was No. 17, Northwestern was No. 21, and Iowa rounded out the poll at No. 25.

With five teams in the final Top 25, the Big Ten boasted the second strongest league performance. Only the SEC, with six teams, had more.

Here's the complete final AP Top 25 college football poll:


1. Clemson (all 61 first-place votes), 15-0 final record, 1525 total poll points, previous ranking:  2
2. Alabama, 14-1, 1462, 1
3. Ohio St., 13-1, 1364, 5
4. Oklahoma, 12-2, 1356, 4
5. Notre Dame, 12-1, 1286, 3
6. LSU, 10-3, 1119, 11
7. Florida, 10-3, 1103, 10
7. Georgia, 11-3, 1103, 6
9. Texas, 10-4, 1076, 14
10. Washington St., 11-2, 959, 12
11. UCF, 12-1, 898, 7
12. Kentucky, 10-3, 820, 16
13. Washington, 10-4, 806, 9
14. Michigan, 10-3, 745, 8
15. Syracuse, 10-3, 683, 17
16. Texas A&M, 9-4, 552, 21
17. Penn St., 9-4, 492, 13
18. Fresno St., 12-2, 466, 19
19. Army, 11-2, 418, 22
20. West Virginia, 8-4, 296, 15
21. Northwestern, 9-5, 284, NR
22. Utah St., 11-2, 188, NR
23. Boise St., 10-3, 184, 23
24. Cincinnati, 11-2, 171, NR
25. Iowa, 9-4, 120, NR
Others receiving votes: Appalachian St. 96, Stanford 52, Mississippi St. 45, Utah 43, UAB 32, Iowa St. 26, Auburn 15, Oregon 11, Missouri 10, Troy 6, Georgia Southern 6, Oklahoma St. 3, Wisconsin 2, NC State 2.