Ohio State Finishes 6th In Final AP Poll of 2016 Season

By Eric Seger on January 10, 2017 at 8:45a
Ohio State finishes its 2016 season ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll.
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Plenty of things happen when a team loses its final game of the season 31-0, especially if it comes in a national semifinal.

That is what Ohio State did to close out its 2016 football season, falling to eventual national champion Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Eve. As a result, the Buckeyes are No. 6 in the final AP Poll of the season, released Tuesday. That is down four spots from conference championship weekend when the Buckeyes made the College Football Playoff.

Clemson is the unanimous No. 1 team in the country. Alabama, USC, Washington and Oklahoma round out the top five. Ohio State defeated Oklahoma 45-24 in Norman on Sept. 17.

The 11-2 Buckeyes are the highest ranked Big Ten team, one spot ahead of Penn State, who lost to USC in the Rose Bowl 52-49 on Jan. 2 but beat Ohio State in October. Other Big Ten teams include Wisconsin at No. 9 and Michigan at No. 10.

The AP ranked Ohio State No. 4 in its final poll last season.

Full poll:

Final AP Poll
RANK TEAM RECORD PTS 1st VOTES PREV
1 CLEMSON 14-1 1,500 60 3
2 ALABAMA 14-1 1,440 1
3 USC 10-3 1,292 9
4 WASHINGTON 12-2 1,277 4
5 OKLAHOMA 11-2 1,252 7
6 OHIO STATE 11-2 1,240 2
7 PENN STATE 11-3 1,130 5
8 FLORIDA STATE 10-3 1,105 10
9 WISCONSIN 11-3 1,032 8
10 MICHIGAN 10-3 1,001 6
11 OKLAHOMA STATE 10-3 920 13
12 STANFORD 10-3 730 16
13 LSU 8-4 651 19
14 FLORIDA 9-4 640 20
15 WESTERN MICHIGAN 13-1 619 12
16 VIRGINIA TECH 10-4 610 18
17 COLORADO 10-4 585 11
18 WEST VIRGINIA 10-3 368 14
19 SOUTH FLORIDA 11-2 358 25
20 MIAMI (FL) 9-4 338
21 LOUISVILLE 9-4 277 15
22 TENNESSEE 9-4 253
23 UTAH 9-4 222
24 AUBURN 8-5 206 17
25 SAN DIEGO STATE 11-3 113
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