2014 NCAA Football: Preseason vs. Final AP Top 25 Rankings

The 2014 National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes Started The Season Ranked Fifth

The 2014 National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes Started The Season Ranked Fifth

There’s no doubt about it. Ohio State is truly the undisputed 2014 National Champion, winning the first ever College Football Playoffs (CFP) in certain fashion – cutting through Alabama and Oregon for the title.

But who was predicted to win it all way back in August? The AP was calling for a Florida State repeat.

It’s hard to predict the overall season-ending No. 1, and you still have to give the preseason rankings some credit. The top five – minus a poor Oklahoma – are in tact though jumbled, and 16 of the preseason rankers made the final cut.

That also means nine dropped out and nine climbed in, including the early-on, way-underrated TCU Horned Frogs, who went from nowhere to No. 3.

2014 NCAA FOOTBALL PRESEASON VS. FINAL RANKINGS

PRESEASON 2014 RANKING TEAM FINAL 2014 RANKING FINAL 2014 RECORD UP OR DOWN? DIFF.
1. Florida State (57) 5 13-1 DOWN -4
2. Alabama (1) 4 12-2 DOWN -2
3. Oregon (1) 2 13-2 UP +1
4. Oklahoma (1) NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
5. Ohio State 1 (59) 14-1 UP +4
6. Auburn 22 8-5 DOWN -16
7. UCLA 10 10-3 DOWN -3
8. Michigan State 5 11-2 UP +3
9. South Carolina NR 7-6 DOWN OFF
10. Baylor 7 11-2 UP +3
11. Stanford NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
12. Georgia 9 10-3 UP +3
13. LSU NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
14. Wisconsin 13 11-3 UP +3
15. USC 20 9-4 DOWN -5
16. Clemson 15 10-3 UP +1
17. Notre Dame NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
18. Ole Miss 17 9-4 UP +1
19. Arizona State 12 10-3 UP +7
20. Kansas State 18 9-4 UP +2
21. Texas A&M NR 8-5 DOWN OFF
22. Nebraska NR 9-4 DOWN OFF
23. North Carolina NR 6-7 DOWN OFF
24. Missouri 14 11-3 UP +10
25. Washington NR 8-6 DOWN OFF

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2014 NCAA FOOTBALL: FROM NOT RANKED TO RANKED

PRESEASON 2014 RANKING TEAM FINAL 2014 RANKING FINAL 2014 RECORD
NR TCU 3 12-1
NR Georgia Tech 8 11-3
NR Mississippi State 11 10-3
NR Boise State 16 12-2
NR Arizona 19 10-4
NR Utah 21 9-4
NR Marshall 23 13-1
NR Louisville 24 9-4
NR Memphis 25 10-3

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