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)||14-1||1,475||5|
|5. Florida St.||13-1||1,212||2|
|5. Michigan St.||11-2||1,212||7|
|8. Georgia Tech||11-3||1,071||10|
|11. Mississippi St.||10-3||767||8|
|12. Arizona St.||10-3||756||15|
|16. Boise St.||12-2||653||21|
|18. Kansas St.||9-4||509||11|
|20. Southern Cal||9-4||315||24|
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.