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Tom Smart, Deseret News
Utah Utes wide receiver Andre Lewis (49) and Westlee Tonga hold up the trophy as they celebrate as the University of Utah defeats Colorado State 45-10 in NCAA football at the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bow. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Las Vegas.

Ohio State is No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll and TCU finished third, in front of two teams that made the playoff ahead of the Horned Frogs.

The Buckeyes finished on top of the AP Top 25 for the fifth time in program history, matching Miami and Southern California for fourth most behind Alabama (nine), Notre Dame (eight) and Oklahoma (seven).

Utah, which finished its 9-4 season with a 45-10 victory over Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl, is ranked 21st in the final poll. It's the first time since 2009 that the Utes have ended the year ranked in the AP poll, when Utah finished No. 18.

Utah State received 11 votes in the final poll. The Aggies ended the year 10-4.

Ohio State beat Oregon 42-20 on Monday night in the first College Football Playoff national championship game and got all 59 first-place votes in the media poll.

The Ducks finished second in the rankings, matching their best finish.

The Horned Frogs, who were left out of the playoff but beat Mississippi 42-3 in the Peach Bowl, were ranked ahead of No. 4 Alabama and No. 5 Florida State. The Tide and Seminoles lost playoff semifinals.

Michigan State tied Florida State for fifth.

AP Top 25 poll

1. Ohio St. (59)14-11,4755
2. Oregon13-21,4023
3. TCU12-11,3496
4. Alabama12-21,2971
5. Florida St.13-11,2122
5. Michigan St.11-21,2127
7. Baylor11-21,0984
8. Georgia Tech11-31,07110
9. Georgia10-392513
10. UCLA10-390814
11. Mississippi St.10-37678
12. Arizona St.10-375615
13. Wisconsin11-372417
14. Missouri11-371016
15. Clemson10-368318
16. Boise St.12-265321
17. Mississippi9-45439
18. Kansas St.9-450911
19. Arizona10-449912
20. Southern Cal9-431524
21. Utah9-430223
22. Auburn8-521619
23. Marshall13-1161NR
24. Louisville9-411620
25. Memphis10-394NR

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 28, Stanford 27, Nebraska 22, Air Force 21, Duke 18, LSU 12, Utah St. 11, Arkansas 10, Minnesota 9, Oklahoma 7, Texas A&M 7, N. Illinois 4, Colorado St. 2.