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Clemson ranked No. 1 in final AP Top 25

Clemson ranked No. 1 in final AP Top 25


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Clemson picked up all 61 first-place votes for the first time this season and continued a remarkable trend under Dabo Swinney in the final AP Top 25 early Tuesday morning.

The Tigers became the first team in the modern era of college football to complete a 15-0 season by dominating previous No. 1 Alabama, 44-16, in Santa Clara, California's National Championship Game on Monday.

Clemson under Swinney has matched or surpassed its preseason ranking, which was tied a school-best at No. 2 this season, each each of the last eight seasons now. The season followed a similar path to 2016 when the Tigers were preseason No. 2 to Alabama but came out on top by season's end.

The new ranking is the first time the Tigers have been No. 1 since entering the 2017 playoffs as the top team.

The opponent closest to knocking Clemson off this season finished No. 15, in Syracuse, the only other ACC representative in the final top 25.

AP Top 25 - 1/7

1. Clemson (61)

2. Alabama

3. Ohio State

4. Oklahoma

5. Notre Dame

6. LSU

7. Georgia

7. Florida

9. Texas

10. Washington State

11. UCF

12. Kentucky

13. Washington

14. Michigan

15. Syracuse

16. Texas A&M

17. Penn State

18. Fresno State

19. Army

20. West Virginia

21. Northwestern

22. Utah State

23. Boise State

24. Cincinnati

25. Iowa

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