Tigers finish No. 4 in Final Associated Press Top 25 Poll
The Clemson football team finished the season ranked 4th in the country in the Associated Press’ Final Top 25 poll, marking the seventh straight year the program has finished the year ranked at least the same as its preseason ranking. That is an NCAA record by the way.
The Tigers began the season ranked No. 5, but following Alabama’s dramatic 26-23 overtime win in Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game, they fell to No. 4 in the poll with 1,292 points. The Tigers just edged No. 5 Ohio State, who had 1,286 points, for fourth place.
Clemson of course entered the College Football Playoff semifinals ranked No. 1 before losing to eventual National Champion Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. It marked the first time Clemson did not win a bowl game in five years.
The Tigers finished the season 12-2, the seventh straight season in which they have won 10-plus games. Clemson also earned a third straight berth in the College Football Playoff and won its third straight ACC Championship, the first time that has happened since the 1986-’88 era.
Alabama received 57 of a possible 61 first place votes, while Central Florida, who was the only undefeated team in the county, received four first place votes. The Knights finished ranked No. 6 in the final poll with 1,248 points.
Georgia finished No. 2 in the rankings, followed by Oklahoma at No. 3. Wisconsin finished No. 7, then Penn State, TCU and Auburn closed out the top 10.
2017 Pre 5 Final 4
2016 Pre 2 Final 1
2015 Pre 12 Final 2
2014 Pre 16 Final 15
2013 Pre 8 Final 8
2012 Pre 14 Final 11
2011 Pre NR Final 22
Final Associated Press Top 25 Poll
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