AP Top 25 poll: Oregon finishes in top five, Penn State and Minnesota round out top 10 of rankings

Officially, the 2019 college football season is in the past. It's over. LSU is your new national champion after a 42-25 win over Clemson. This was a historic season for LSU in more ways than one and it's no surprise, then, that the Tigers finish the year ranked atop the final Associated Press Top 25 poll. Clemson, though still enduring the bitterness of defeat, will indeed finish the year ranked No. 2. 

It's past the top two spots, though, that things get a little more interesting. Oregon finishes the season ranked No. 5 following its Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin while Oklahoma, previously No. 4, falls to No. 7 after getting blown out by LSU in the Peach Bowl semifinal. Alabama moves up one spot to No. 8 while Penn State and Minnesota round out the top 10. Baylor drops out of the top 10, from No. 8 to No. 13, following the Sugar Bowl loss to Georgia

Teams to re-enter the top 25 for the final time include No. 24 UCF and No. 25 Texas. USC and Oklahoma State dropped out after losses in the Holiday and Texas bowls, respectively. Here's how the rest of the top 25 shakes out ...

RankTeamRecordPointsPrevious
1LSU (62)15-01,5501
2Clemson14-11,4873
3Ohio State13-11,4262
4Georgia12-21,4875
5Oregon12-21,2497
6Florida11-21,2116
7Oklahoma12-21,1794
8Alabama11-21,159T-9
9Penn State11-21,03813
10Minnesota11-295216
11Wisconsin10-488311
12Notre Dame11-287914
13Baylor11-38278
14Auburn9-4726T-9
15Iowa10-369919
16Utah11-354312
17Memphis12-252815
18Michigan9-446817
19Appalachian State13-146620
20Navy11-241521
21Cincinnati11-334323
22Air Force11-220924
23Boise State12-218818
24UCF10-378NR
25Texas8-569NR

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 54, Florida Atlantic 46, Washington 39, Virginia 28, USC 16, San Diego State 13, Arizona State 12, SMU 10, Tennessee 8, California 6, Louisiana Tech 2, Kentucky 2, Kansas State 2, Louisiana-Lafayette 2

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Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports in 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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