Ohio State ranked No. 2 in final AP Top 25 of season

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John Metchie III #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is tackled by Pete Werner #20 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the fourth quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship game at Hard Rock Stadium on January 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — After a heartbreaking 52-24 loss to Alabama on Monday night in the national championship game, Ohio State was ranked No. 2 in the final Associated Press poll of the season.

Alabama, of course, finished on top with a 13-0 record. After the Buckeyes (7-1) were Clemson (10-2) — the team they defeated 49-28 in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 — Texas A&M (9-1) and Notre Dame (10-2).

Ohio State rose to finish second in the Top 25 after a disjointed start to an unprecedented season. First, the Big Ten attempted to postpone football season because of the coronavirus pandemic, then reconsidered and scheduled an eight-game season starting in late October in response to other Power 5 conferences moving ahead with their seasons.

The Buckeyes had three games canceled because of COVID-19 concerns, including the Michigan game. But they still won the East Division of the Big Ten and defeated West champion Northwestern for the conference title to earn a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff.

Also of note, Cincinnati (9-1) was ranked No. 8, the highest of any team from outside the Power 5 conferences. The next highest ranked Big Ten team was Northwestern (7-2) at No. 10.

Here is the complete AP Top 25:

  1. Alabama (13-0)
  2. Ohio State (7-1)
  3. Clemson (10-2)
  4. Texas A&M (9-1)
  5. Notre Dame (10-2)
  6. Oklahoma (9-2)
  7. Georgia (8-2)
  8. Cincinnati (9-1)
  9. Iowa State (9-3)
  10. Northwestern (7-2)
  11. Brigham Young (11-1)
  12. Indiana (6-2)
  13. Florida (8-4)
  14. Coastal Carolina (11-1)
  15. Louisiana-Lafayette (10-1)
  16. Iowa (6-2)
  17. Liberty (10-1)
  18. North Carolina (8-4)
  19. Texas (7-3)
  20. Oklahoma State (8-3)
  21. USC (5-1)
  22. Miami (8-3)
  23. Ball State (7-1)
  24. San Jose State (7-1)
  25. Buffalo (6-1)

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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