Another season has come and gone, and once again the Tigers are the No. 1 team in all of college football. This time, however, the No. 1 team at the end of the season hails from LSU, not Clemson.
The Bayou Bengals capped one of the most impressive seasons in college football history on Monday, beating Clemson 42-25 to go 15-0 and win their first national title since the 2007 season. The win also snapped Clemson's 29-game win streak, as well as a bid at consecutive national titles (and third in four seasons).
That was the final piece to Sporting News' final top 25 college football rankings of the 2019 season.
The SEC was the big winner in Sporting News' post-bowl season rankings, going 8-2 in postseason games (including the CFP title game) to finish with five teams ranked in the final top 25, including four in the top 10. Only one, Auburn, fell from its penultimate ranking.
The Big Ten was similarly impressive, boasting six top-25 teams, including four in the top 15. Give credit to Group of 5 teams as well, which fielded eight of the final top 25 teams.
Teams hailing from the ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 were among the biggest losers in SN's final top 25: The only ACC team ranked was Clemson, which finished No. 2 after Monday's CFP title game loss to LSU. The Big 12 and Pac-12 each only had two teams ranked, and all of them played in their respective conference title games. Of those four teams, only Oregon won its bowl game.
What does the rest of the top 25 look like after bowl season and the College Football Playoff championship? SN's final top 25 college football rankings for the 2019 season:
Sporting News bowl season college football rankings
8 Penn State (11-2) +3
|3||Ohio State (13-1)||—|
|8||Penn State (11-2)||+3|
|9||Notre Dame (11-2)||+4|
|20||App State (13-1)||+1|
|22||Boise State (12-2)||-6|
|25||Air Force (11-2)||NR|
Moved in: UCF, Air Force
Dropped out: SMU, Kansas State