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Ohio State No. 2, Penn State No. 5 in final AP Top 25

The Buckeyes were also No. 2 in the Coaches Poll.

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Penn State Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Despite a head to head win over Ohio State on a blocked field goal in the midst of a fourth quarter self implosion, the media members who comprise the AP Top 25 weren’t moved enough by Penn State’s impressive come from behind victory against Wisconsin to move them into their own informal Top 4.

The AP Top 25’s Top 4 stays Alabama (an unsurprising unanimous No. 1), the Buckeyes at No. 2, Clemson at No. 3, and Washington at No. 4. The pollsters move the Nittany Lions above the same Michigan team that beat them by 39 but the margin between PSU and Washington is roughly that of the Huskies and Clemson.

The Buckeyes were also No. 2 in the Coaches Poll, with Clemson and Washington at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively. Penn State came in at No. 5.

The Buckeyes finish the regular season with wins over the AP’s No. 6, No. 7, and No. 8 teams, two of the three on the road. Assuming the committee approaches things similarly to the press, the anxieties of late last night/this morning may prove unmerited yet.

Here’s the complete final regular season AP Top 25, with Coaches Poll to come:

Rank AP Coaches S&P+ Sagarin
1 Alabama (61) Alabama (58) Alabama Alabama
2 Ohio State Ohio State Michigan Ohio State
3 Clemson Clemson Ohio State Michigan
4 Washington Washington Clemson Washington
5 Penn State Penn State LSU Clemson
6 Michigan Michigan Washington Penn State
7 Oklahoma Oklahoma Louisville Wisconsin
8 Wisconsin Wisconsin USC USC
9 USC USC Florida State Oklahoma
10 FSU FSU Oklahoma Colorado
11 Colorado Colorado Auburn FSU
12 WMU WVU Penn State LSU
13 OK State OK State Miami WSU
14 WVU WMU WKU Auburn
15 Louisville Louisville Boise State WMU
16 Stanford Stanford Wisconsin Louisville
17 Auburn Auburn Colorado Stanford
18 Virginia Tech Florida Temple Iowa
19 LSU Virginia Tech Texas A&M OK State
20 Florida LSU Iowa Miami
21 Iowa Nebraska Stanford Temple
22 Pitt USF North Carolina WVU
23 Temple Utah Colorado State KSU
24 Nebraska Temple Virginia Tech Houston
25 USF Iowa Notre Dame Virginia Tech