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Coaches Poll top 25: Ohio State finishes in top five, Oklahoma into top 10 of final college football rankings

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The celebration of Georgia’s College Football Playoff National Championship win against Alabama continues into Tuesday with the release of the final rankings of the season. The Coaches Poll released its final top 25 rankings, with the Bulldogs as the unanimous No. 1, followed by Alabama at No. 2, Michigan at No. 3 and Cincinnati at No. 4. 

While the College Football Playoff participants held down the top four spots, bowl wins provided a boost for several teams within the top 25. Ohio State jumped up two spots to No. 5 after its thrilling Rose Bowl win against Utah, one spot ahead of the Buckeyes’ final position in the AP Top 25 poll. The top-five Coaches Poll finish is the third in Ryan Day’s three seasons as Ohio State’s coach, following a No. 2 ranking last year and No. 3 in 2019. 

Oklahoma State and Michigan State also saw two-spot improvements after New Year’s Six Bowl wins — the Cowboys to No. 7 and the Spartans to No. 8, just behind Sugar Bowl Champion Baylor, who remained at No. 6. The biggest move up within the entire top 25 came from Clemson, up six spots to No. 16 after beating Iowa State in the Cheez-It Bowl. Wake Forest at No. 14. and Kentucky, at No. 15 each moved up five spots to their final poll positions. 

The biggest post-bowl drop was BYU, down eight spots to No. 22 after a 31-28 loss to UAB in the Independence Bowl. Iowa and Oregon also took major tumbles in the poll, but not enough to fall all the way out of the top 25. 

Check out the Coaches Poll top 25 below:  

  1. Georgia (62 first-place votes)
  2. Alabama
  3. Michigan
  4. Cincinnati 
  5. Ohio State
  6. Baylor
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Michigan State
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Ole Miss
  12. Utah 
  13. Pittsburgh 
  14. Wake Forest
  15. Kentucky 
  16. Clemson 
  17. Houston 
  18. Louisiana
  19. NC State
  20. Arkansas
  21. Oregon
  22. BYU
  23. Iowa
  24. Utah State
  25. Texas A&M

Dropped out: No. 25 UTSA 

Others receiving votes: San Diego State 114; Wisconsin 75; Air Force 42; Minnesota 23; Texas-San Antonio 11; Coastal Carolina 7; Purdue 6; Fresno State 3; Army 1.

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