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.
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