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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Clemson finished atop The Associated Press College football poll Tuesday, knocking Alabama from the spot it held all season, and Southern California became the first team to finish as high as No. 3 with three losses.

The Tigers were voted No. 1 in the final poll for the first time since 1981. The Crimson Tide was trying to become only the third team to go wire-to-wire as No. 1, but lost 35-31 to Clemson on Monday night in the College Football Playoff championship game.

USC, which started the season 1-3 — including a 52-6 opening loss to Alabama — jumped from all the way from ninth in the final regular-season rankings to third.

Washington was fourth and Oklahoma finished fifth.

Ohio State was sixth and Penn State seventh, followed by Florida State at eighth.

Wisconsin was No. 9 and Michigan 10th.

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.

1. Clemson (60)14-115003
2. Alabama14-114401
3. Southern Cal10-312929
4. Washington12-212774
5. Oklahoma11-212527
6. Ohio St.11-212402
7. Penn St.11-311305
8. Florida St.10-3110510
9. Wisconsin11-310328
10. Michigan10-310016
11. Oklahoma St.10-392013
12. Stanford10-373016
13. LSU8-465119
14. Florida9-464020
15. W. Michigan13-161912
16. Virginia Tech10-461018
17. Colorado10-458511
18. West Virginia10-336814
19. South Florida11-235825
20. Miami9-4338-
21. Louisville9-427715
22. Tennessee9-4253-
23. Utah9-4222-
24. Auburn8-520617
25. San Diego St.11-3113-

Others receiving votes: Kansas St. 83, Georgia Tech 47, Nebraska 38, W. Kentucky 32, Air Force 30, Pittsburgh 21, Boise St. 19, Iowa 14, Minnesota 12, Tulsa 10, BYU 9, Temple 8, Houston 8, North Carolina 8, Navy 1, Washington St. 1.


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