Top 10 Again: Lions Land at No. 8 in Final AP Poll

By Dan Vecellio on January 9, 2018 at 12:15 pm
Dec 30, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (left) and safety Marcus Allen (right) celebrate after defeating the Washington Huskies in the 2017 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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Penn State has earned their second consecutive end-of-season top-10 finish in the Associated Press Top 25, which was released on Tuesday morning after Alabama's national title win. The Lions' landed at No. 8, to close out back-to-back 11-win seasons, a first for the program since 2008-09. Penn State's Fiesta Bowl opponent, Washington, fell from 12th to 16th in the final rankings.

Alabama received 57 of 61 first-place votes after their overtime win over Georgia Monday night in Atlanta. The other four votes went to Central Florida, the nation's only unbeaten team, who has already proclaimed themselves to be the true champions of college football. 

Other Big Ten teams in the final rankings include Ohio State (5th), Wisconsin (7th), Michigan State (15th), and Northwestern (17th). Not included is Michigan, who squandered the Big Ten's chances at an undefeated bowl season with their loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.

Full rankings:

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS 1st VOTES PREV
1 ALABAMA 13-1 1,521 57 4
2 GEORGIA 13-2 1,454 3
3 OKLAHOMA 12-2 1,374 2
4 CLEMSON 12-2 1,292 1
5 OHIO STATE 12-2 1,286 5
6 UCF 13-0 1,248 4 10
7 WISCONSIN 13-1 1,194 6
8 PENN STATE 11-2 1,120 9
9 TCU 11-3 974 13
10 AUBURN 10-4 917 7
11 NOTRE DAME 10-3 857 14
12 USC 11-3 839 8
13 MIAMI (FL) 10-3 769 11
14 OKLAHOMA STATE 10-3 758 17
15 MICHIGAN STATE 10-3 705 18
16 WASHINGTON 10-3 668 12
17 NORTHWESTERN 10-3 528 20
18 LSU 9-4 368 16
19 MISSISSIPPI STATE 9-4 359 24
20 STANFORD 9-5 336 15
21 SOUTH FLORIDA 10-2 267 23
22 BOISE STATE 11-3 251 25
23 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 9-4 232
24 VIRGINIA TECH 9-4 126 22
25 MEMPHIS 10-3 119 19
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