Ohio State finishes third in final 2012-2013 season's AP Top 25 Poll

Urban Meyer, TV analyst, is excited about Ohio State finished third in the polls. - Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

A tremendous year for Ohio State saw the Buckeyes finish as college football's only undfeated team and third overall in the AP Top 25.

The Buckeyes may have wrapped 2012 football season for the ages now well over a month ago against their hated rivals from Michigan, but following Alabama's lambasting of Notre Dame to win the 2013 BCS Championship Game, we finally know Ohio State's fate in the lone poll in which they were eligible to be ranked.

In a year that saw them previously get as high as fourth, Ohio State fans will have to settle for their team finishing third in the season's final college football AP Top 25. While some even thought the Buckeyes finishing 2012 as the sports' only unbeaten would give them an extremely outside shot at garnering some consideration for first place votes, the Buckeyes not only finished with none, but wound up behind the Oregon Ducks, who concluded their season with a dominant 35-17 victory over Kansas State.

Say what you will about Ohio State's strength of schedule (Sagarin ranks it as the 51st best in the country), but 12-0 certainly isn't what it used to be when a non-conference champion and a second one-loss team both finish ahead of you. Just more bulletin board material for Urban Meyer and his 2013 Ohio State football team, one would suppose.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PV RANK
1 Alabama (59) 13-1 1,475 2
2 Oregon 12-1 1,358 5
3 Ohio State 12-0 1,302 3
4 Notre Dame 12-1 1,288 1
5 Texas A&M 11-2 1,230 10
5 Georgia 12-2 1,230 6
7 Stanford 12-2 1,169 8
8 South Carolina 11-2 1,038 11
9 Florida 11-2 933 4
10 Florida State 12-2 922 13
11 Clemson 11-2 889 14
12 Kansas State 11-2 871 7
13 Louisville 11-2 781 22
14 LSU 10-3 756 9
15 Oklahoma 10-3 615 12
16 Utah State 11-2 456 18
17 Northwestern 10-3 443 21
18 Boise State 11-2 419 20
19 Texas 9-4 358 -
20 Oregon State 9-4 303 15
21 San Jose State 11-2 243 24
22 Northern Illinois 12-2 227 16
23 Vanderbilt 9-4 180 -
24 Michigan 8-5 147 19
25 Nebraska 10-4 119 23
25 Kent State 11-3 117 18
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