FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The Ball State Cardinals secured more than their first-ever bowl win this season; they also head into the offseason as a Top 25 team.
BSU (7-1) came in at 23rd in the final AP poll, which -- as expected -- was led by Alabama after its Monday night victory in the championship game.
Ohio State, despite a big loss to the Crimson Tide, finished second, followed by Clemson, Texas A&M and then Notre Dame.
Though the Fighting Irish (10-2) were selected as the final of four teams to compete for the national championship, they dropped to fifth in the final poll after a blowout loss to Alabama.
As for the Hoosiers (6-2), one of the best seasons in decades ends with a 12th-place ranking. Indiana dropped its bowl contest to Ole Miss, despite being favored in that game.
Here's the final AP Top 25. First-place votes are in parenthesis.
- Alabama (61)
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- Notre Dame
- Iowa State
- Coastal Carolina
- North Carolina
- Oklahoma State
- Miami (FL)
- Ball State
- San Jose State