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College Football Rankings: Final AP Poll Has MSU, Michigan Just Outside Of Top 10

Unlike the USA Today Poll, the final AP Top 25 of the college football season does not have Michigan State and Michigan in the top 10. Both teams are actually just on the outside looking in, with the Spartans being ranked 11th and the Wolverines 12th.

There are two reasons for this difference. For one, USC is actually ranked in the AP Top 25. The Trojans aren't eligible to be included in the USA Today Poll due to their NCAA sanctions. However, that isn't the case for the AP Top 25, which put the Trojans sixth. The other difference is that Wisconsin is ahead of the Wolverines and Spartans in the AP Top 25 despite losing to Oregon in the Rose Bowl. The USA Today Poll, on the other hand, opted to put the Badgers behind their Big Ten counterparts.

Here's the full AP Top 25:

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 12-1 1,495 2
2 LSU (1) 13-1 1,425 1
3 Oklahoma State (4) 12-1 1,399 3
4 Oregon 12-2 1,250 6
5 Arkansas 11-2 1,198 7
6 USC 10-2 1,181 5
7 Stanford 11-2 1,167 4
8 Boise State 12-1 1,127 8
9 South Carolina 11-2 1,013 10
10 Wisconsin 11-3 905 9
11 Michigan State 11-3 873 12
12 Michigan 11-2 839 13
13 Baylor 10-3 780 15
14 TCU 11-2 653 16
15 Kansas State 10-3 621 11
16 Oklahoma 10-3 572 19
17 West Virginia 10-3 547 23
18 Houston 13-1 518 20
19 Georgia 10-4 439 18
20 Southern Miss 12-2 411 22
21 Virginia Tech 11-3 329 17
22 Clemson 10-4 188 14
23 Florida State 9-4 154 25
24 Nebraska 9-4 143 21
25 Cincinnati 10-3 103 NR

Also receiving votes: Brigham Young 51, Auburn 40, Northern Illinois 33, Missouri 23, Texas 15, Rutgers 3, Penn State 2, North Dakota State 2, Virginia 1