LSU is the definitive No. 1 team in the Congrove Computer Rankings, easily out-pointing Ohio State. Clemson finished 3rd in the rankings, despite having eliminated the Buckeyes from the Final Four. Alabama takes 4th.
LSU knocked off Clemson 42-25 in the College Football Playofff National Championship game on Monday night (January 13) in New Orleans.
The all-Tigers showdown was set up when top-seed LSU crushed 4th-seed Oklahoma 63-28 in the Peach Bowl semifinal, while 3rd-seed Clemson edged 2nd-seed Ohio State 29-23 in the Fiesta Bowl semi.
The computer's preseason forecast had projected Clemson and LSU as two of the final four teams, along with Michigan and Oregon.
LSU became the second team in the AP Poll era (1936-present) to complete a 15-0 season. Clemson was the first to accomplish the feat a year ago.
Some other highlights of the final rankings:
- Clemson is the only ACC team to finish in the final top 29. Virginia ranks 30th.
- Oklahoma plummets from 4th to 10th after the sever beatdown administered by LSU in the Peach Bowl.
- Baylor, at No. 15, is the only other Big 12 team to finish in the top 27.
- Four American Conference schools finished in the top 25, though none are higher are higher than No. 19. The conference is represented by Memphis by Memphis at 19, Cincinnati at 21, UCF at 22, and Navy at 25.
- The Sun Belt placed two schools in the final top 25 with Appalachian State at 13 and Louisiana-Lafayette at 24.
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