Clemson finishes No. 3 in final AP Poll


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(Sugar Bowl photo)
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Another college football season is in the books and Alabama finished atop the nation in style with a 52-24 win over Ohio State in Miami Gardens Monday.

The Associated Press released its final top-25 shortly after and Clemson finished ranked No. 3. The new top-5 is Alabama then Ohio State, Clemson, Texas A&M and Notre Dame.

It marks a second time in three seasons that Notre Dame has dropped out of the top-4 after its Playoff appearance.

North Carolina was the next-best ACC team in 18th and then Miami in 22nd.

Clemson has finished third or better in five of the last six seasons and no worse than fourth since 2015.

RANK TEAM PV RANK CONFERENCE POINTS

1 Alabama (13-0) 1 SEC 1,525 (61)

2 Ohio State (7-1) 3 Big Ten 1,463

3 Clemson (10-2) 2 ACC 1,378

4 Texas A&M (9-1) 5 SEC 1,324

5 Notre Dame (10-2) 4 ACC 1,279

6 Oklahoma (9-2) 8 Big 12 1,243

7 Georgia (8-2) 11 SEC 1,144

8 Cincinnati (9-1) 6 American Athletic 1,074

9 Iowa State (9-3) 12 Big 12 1,035

10 Northwestern (7-2) 15 Big Ten 893

11 Brigham Young (11-1) 13 IA Independents 862

12 Indiana (6-2) 7 Big Ten 773

13 Florida (8-4) 10 SEC 764

14 Coastal Carolina (11-1) 9 Sun Belt 725

15 Louisiana-Lafayette (10-1) 16 Sun Belt 664

16 Iowa (6-2) 17 Big Ten 581

17 Liberty (10-1) 23 IA Independents 576

18 North Carolina (8-4) 14 ACC 532

19 Texas (7-3) 20 Big 12 485

20 Oklahoma State (8-3) Big 12 417

21 USC (5-1) 21 Pac-12 306

22 Miami (FL) (8-3) 18 ACC 284

23 Ball State (7-1) Mid-American 183

24 San Jose State (7-1) 19 Mountain West 80

25 Buffalo (6-1) Mid-American 51

Others receiving votes: Appalachian State 41, Tulsa 35, Army 24, Oregon 21, Memphis 12, TCU 12, UAB 10, Washington 10, North Carolina State 7, Nevada 7, Wisconsin 3, West Virginia 1, Marshall 1

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