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Missouri No. 14, K-State No. 18 in final AP college football poll

Kansas City Star

A 33-17 win over Minnesota in the Citrus Bowl helped the Missouri Tigers move up two spots to No. 14 in the final Associated Press poll released after Monday night’s College Football Playoff championship game.

Kansas State fell seven spots to No. 18 after losing 40-35 to UCLA in the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2.

Ohio State is No. 1, and TCU finished third, in front of two teams that made the playoff ahead of the Horned Frogs.

The Buckeyes finished on top of the AP Top 25 for the fifth time in program history, matching Miami (Fla.) and Southern California for fourth most behind Alabama (nine), Notre Dame (eight) and Oklahoma (seven).

Ohio State beat Oregon 42-20 on Monday night in the first College Football Playoff national championship game and got all 59 first-place votes in the media poll.

The Ducks finished second in the rankings, matching their best finish.

The Horned Frogs, who were left out of the playoff but beat Mississippi 42-3 in the Peach Bowl, were ranked ahead of No. 4 Alabama and No. 5 Florida State. The Tide and Seminoles lost playoff semifinals. Michigan State tied Florida State for fifth.

FINAL ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record

Pts

Pv

1. Ohio St. (59)

14-1

1,475

5

2. Oregon

13-2

1,402

3

3. TCU

12-1

1,349

6

4. Alabama

12-2

1,297

1

5. Florida St.

13-1

1,212

2

5. Michigan St.

11-2

1,212

7

7. Baylor

11-2

1,098

4

8. Georgia Tech

11-3

1,071

10

9. Georgia

10-3

925

13

10. UCLA

10-3

908

14

11. Mississippi St.

10-3

767

8

12. Arizona St.

10-3

756

15

13. Wisconsin

11-3

724

17

14. Missouri

11-3

710

16

15. Clemson

10-3

683

18

16. Boise St.

12-2

653

21

17. Mississippi

9-4

543

9

18. Kansas St.

9-4

509

11

19. Arizona

10-4

499

12

20. Southern Cal

9-4

315

24

21. Utah

9-4

302

23

22. Auburn

8-5

216

19

23. Marshall

13-1

161

NR

24. Louisville

9-4

116

20

25. Memphis

10-3

94

NR

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 28, Stanford 27, Nebraska 22, Air Force 21, Duke 18, LSU 12, Utah St. 11, Arkansas 10, Minnesota 9, Oklahoma 7, Texas A&M 7, N. Illinois 4, Colorado St. 2.

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