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:
|1||Alabama (61)||Alabama (58)||Alabama||Alabama|
|2||Ohio State||Ohio State||Michigan||Ohio State|
|5||Penn State||Penn State||LSU||Clemson|
|13||OK State||OK State||Miami||WSU|
|19||LSU||Virginia Tech||Texas A&M||OK State|
|25||USF||Iowa||Notre Dame||Virginia Tech|