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Ball State cracks Top 25; Irish fifth, Hoosiers 12th in final poll

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.

  1. Alabama (61)
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Texas A&M
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Georgia
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Iowa State
  10. Northwestern
  11. BYU
  12. Indiana
  13. Florida
  14. Coastal Carolina
  15. Louisiana
  16. Iowa
  17. Liberty
  18. North Carolina
  19. Texas
  20. Oklahoma State
  21. USC
  22. Miami (FL)
  23. Ball State
  24. San Jose State
  25. Buffalo

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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