The Associated Press has dropped its rankings in the AP Top 25 poll following Championship Weekend of the college football season. Earlier in the day, the College Football Playoff selection committee announced its rankings which set the final four teams that will compete for the national championship in stone, but the AP Top 25 still carries some prestige as we gear up for another busy bowl season.
Where does your favorite team stand entering the upcoming weekend in the eyes of the Associated Press voters?
The final AP Top 25 poll of the regular season can be seen below.
AP Top 25 College Football Rankings — Week 14
1. Alabama (61)
3. Notre Dame
5. Ohio State
12. Washington State
13. Penn State
15. West Virginia
18. Mississippi State
19. Fresno State
21. Texas A&M
23. Boise State
25. Iowa State
Others receiving votes: Northwestern 109, Utah St. 86, NC State 54, Cincinnati 39, Stanford 28, Appalachian St. 19, UAB 4, Iowa 4, Troy 1, Oregon 1.
The Associated Press rankings carry more weight than polls like the Coaches Poll and FWAA Poll, as they are part of the deciding factor on which teams reach the College Football Playoff. The Coaches Poll, which is not part of the College Football Playoff selection committee’s formula to determine the four teams that will compete for the College Football Playoff National Championship, is voted on by 65 FBS head coaches.
Longtime college football writers who vote in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll include Ben Jones, Bill Landis, Brett McMurphy, Brian Howell, Rece Davis, Rob Long, Robert Gagliardi, Steve Layman, Steve Virgen, Tom Murphy, and Tony Parks.