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Complaining about preseason polls has become increasingly common.
This year, it seems like AP Top 25 voters did OK. At least at the top, anyway.
The rankings to start the season: Alabama was No. 1, and Clemson was No. 2. And in some order, that's likely how the top of the final poll will look after the College Football Playoff national championship game on Monday night.
That's not to say there weren't some misses from what the consensus thought in August _ Really, Notre Dame? Really, Michigan State? No Penn State? No Wisconsin? No Colorado? No Western Michigan? _ and what became reality by season's end.
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A look at the preseason Top 25, and how it ended up:
1. Alabama _ 14-0, playing in national title game
2. Clemson _ 13-1, playing in national title game
3. Oklahoma _ 11-2, won Sugar Bowl
4. Florida State _ 10-3, won Orange Bowl
5. LSU _ 8-4, won Citrus Bowl
6. Ohio State _ 11-2, lost in CFP semifinals
7. Michigan _ 10-3, lost Orange Bowl
8. Stanford _ 10-3, won Sun Bowl
9. Tennessee _ 9-4, won Music City Bowl
10. Notre Dame _ 4-8, no bowl
11. Mississippi _ 5-7, no bowl
12. Michigan State _ 3-9, no bowl
13. TCU _ 6-7, lost Liberty Bowl
14. Washington _ 12-2, lost CFP semifinals
15. Houston _ 9-4, lost Las Vegas Bowl
16. UCLA _ 4-8, no bowl
17. Iowa _ 8-5, lost Outback Bowl
18. Georgia _ 8-5, won Liberty Bowl
19. Louisville _ 9-4, lost Citrus Bowl
20. USC _ 10-3, won Rose Bowl
21. Oklahoma State _ 10-3, won Alamo Bowl
22. North Carolina _ 8-5, lost Sun Bowl
23. Baylor _ 7-6, won Cactus Bowl
24. Oregon _ 4-8, no bowl
25. Florida _ 9-4, won Outback Bowl
(The final poll comes out shortly after the CFP title game.)