Michigan No. 10 in final AP poll

Detroit News staff and wires
Michigan running back Chris Evans is chased by Maryland defensive back Alvin Hill in the fourth quarter.

Michigan, which lost to Florida State in the Orange Bowl to finish 10-3, is ranked No. 10 in the final AP poll.

The final poll was released early Tuesday following Clemson’s win over Alabama in the national championship game.

The top four are Clemson, Alabama, USC and Washington.

The Tigers were voted No. 1 in the final poll for the first time since 1981. Alabama was trying to become only the third team to go wire-to-wire as No. 1, but lost 35-31 to Clemson.

USC, which started the season 1-3 — including a 52-6 opening loss to Alabama — jumped from all the way from ninth in the final regular-season rankings to third.

Western Michigan is No. 15 in the final poll after winning the MAC championship over Ohio and losing the Cotton Bowl to Wisconsin.

FINAL AP POLL

1. Clemson, 14-1

2. Alabama, 14-1

3. USC, 10-3

4. Washington, 12-2

5. Oklahoma, 11-2

6. Ohio State, 11-2

7. Penn State, 11-3

8. Florida State, 10-3

9. Wisconsin, 11-3

10. Michigan, 10-3

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11. Oklahoma State, 10-3

12. Stanford, 10-3

13. LSU, 8-4

14. Florida, 9-4

15. Western Michigan, 13-1

16. Virginia Tech, 10-4

17. Colorado, 10-4

18. West Virginia, 10-3

19. South Florida, 11-2

20. Miami, 9-4

21. Louisville, 9-4

22. Tennessee, 9-4

23. Utah, 9-4

24. Auburn, 8-5

25. San Diego State, 11-3

Others receiving votes: Kansas State 83, Georgia Tech 47, Nebraska 38, Western Kentucky 32, Air Force 30, Pittsburgh 21, Boise State 19, Iowa 14, Minnesota 12, Tulsa 10, BYU 9, Temple 8, Houston 8, North Carolina 8, Navy 1, Washington State 1.