In the final Associated Press poll of the year, the debate anymore is not who is No. 1.
It’s how the rest of the field sorts out.
The two national semifinal losers finished behind the Trojans. Washington was fourth and Ohio State sixth (behind Oklahoma).
Four of Florida’s teams made the top 20 in the poll. FSU finished No. 8 and Florida No. 14 in the polls. USF finished 19th, the first time ever the team has been ranked in the final poll. Miami was 20th.
LSU was 13th. The Tigers, Florida and USF all climbed six spots in the final poll.