The final AP College Football Poll of 2014 has been released, and not surprisingly the Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida State Seminoles and Oregon Ducks football teams have retained their position in the top three spots. The College Football Playoff Committee will announce its own final rankings for the four-team playoff later Sunday.
Alabama, Florida State and Oregon held the top three spots last week as well after all three teams won their respective rivalry games. With Bama, FSU and the Oregon Ducks all winning their respective division championship games this Saturday, it was widely expected that all three would retain their position in the final AP college football poll of 2014 released today.
The Alabama Crimson Tide trounced Missouri Saturday in the SEC Championship game, leaving little doubt Bama would roll on into the top spot in the final AP poll. Likewise, the Oregon Ducks walked all over Arizona in the Pac-12 Championship game, with the Wildcats’ final touchdown coming literally as time expired on a last-minute QB scramble in which the Ducks defense just let Arizona have it.
Florida State also won their final game of the season, but the ACC Championship game was incredibly close, and the Seminoles barely eeked-out a win over Georgia Tech.
Though FSU’s close-once-again victory provided a little drama, the bigger concern was the fourth spot in the final AP college football poll. TCU, Baylor and Ohio State all had reason to lay claim to the fourth spot.
However, when the final AP college football poll of 2014 was released, it was the Baylor Bears who ended in the fourth spot. Ohio State also jumped ahead of TCU after an impressive win against Wisconsin on Saturday.
The final top 10 in the AP CFB poll this week were, in order: 1) Alabama Crimson Tide, 2) Florida State Seminoles, 3) Oregon Ducks, 4) Baylor Bears, 5) Ohio State Buckeyes, 6) TCU Horned Frogs, 7) Michigan State Spartans, 8) Mississippi State Bulldogs, 9) Ole Miss Rebels and 10) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.