UK ends football season at No. 12 in AP Top 25, highest final ranking in decades

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NEW YORK (CBS SPORTS/WYMT) - 2018 was one of the memorable seasons in college football for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, who finished number 12 in the final AP Top 25 poll. That's the first time the Cats have finished in the top 25 since 1984 where they finished at 22.

They were only ranked higher 3 other times in the program's history: No. 6 in 1977, No. 7 in 1950 and No. 11 in 1949.

The ranking comes just days after their big win over Penn State in the VRBO Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

In other rankings, Clemson was a unanimous choice for No. 1 in the nation, after winning Monday night's national championship game, receiving all 61 first-place votes. But to some surprise, finishing just behind Alabama at No. 3 -- ahead of both of the other CFP teams -- was Ohio State.

OSU defeated Washington 28-23 in the Rose Bowl, while every team previously ranked around it -- Notre Dame and Oklahoma in the CFP, Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, UCF in the Fiesta Bowl -- fell during bowl season. In fact, if you include Alabama, seven of the top 10 teams in the nation lost at some point this postseason.

LSU finished ahead of Florida at No. 6 despite the Gators being ranked ahead of the Tigers in the penultimate poll, beating them head-to-head in the regular season and both teams winning their bowl games. Georgia also finished ahead of Texas at T7 with Florida despite the Bulldogs losing to the Longhorns just days ago in the Sugar Bowl and beating the Gators earlier in the season.

Check out the final AP Top 25 college football rankings from the 2018 season as released after midnight on Tuesday after the national title game.

1. Clemson (61)
2. Alabama
3. Ohio State
4. Oklahoma
5. Notre Dame
6. LSU
T7. Florida
T7. Georgia
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 West Point
20. West Virginia
21. Northwestern
22. Utah State
23. Boise State
24. Cincinnati
25. Iowa

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