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Utah State quarterback Jordan Love, right, celebrates with offensive lineman Quin Ficklin (51) after scoring a touchdown against North Texas during the first half of the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

For the third time in school history, Utah State is ranked in the final Associated Press top 25 football poll.

The Aggies (11-2) finished the 2018 season ranked No. 22 in the AP poll after dominating North Texas 52-13 in the New Mexico Bowl. USU, which climbed as high as No. 14 in the AP poll this season, received 188 votes in the final poll and was one spot ahead of fellow Mountain West Conference foe Boise State.

Utah State tied the school record with 11 wins, including a 10-game win streak, en route to ending the year ranked for the first time since 2012, when the Aggies also went 11-2 and were ranked No. 16 in the final poll. Utah State finished No. 10 in the final 1961 poll.

Clemson, which beat Alabama 44-16 in Monday’s national championship game, finished the year No. 1 in the AP poll, with the Crimson Tide No. 2. Ohio State, Oklahoma and Notre Dame rounded out the top 5.

Utah (9-5), meanwhile, dropped out of the AP poll after losing 31-20 to Northwestern in the Holiday Bowl, as the Wildcats rallied from a 20-3 deficit with a 28-point third quarter. The Utes had 43 votes, fourth-most among teams in the "others receiving votes" category.

Associated Press top 25 poll

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pv

1. Clemson (61) 15-0 1,525 2

2. Alabama 14-1 1,462 1

3. Ohio St. 13-1 1,364 5

4. Oklahoma 12-2 1,356 4

5. Notre Dame 12-1 1,286 3

6. LSU 10-3 1,119 11

7. Florida 10-3 1,103 10

7. Georgia 11-3 1,103 6

9. Texas 10-4 1,076 14

10. Washington St. 11-2 959 12

11. UCF 12-1 898 7

12. Kentucky 10-3 820 16

13. Washington 10-4 806 9

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14. Michigan 10-3 745 8

15. Syracuse 10-3 683 17

16. Texas A&M 9-4 552 21

17. Penn St. 9-4 492 13

18. Fresno St. 12-2 466 19

19. Army 11-2 418 22

20. West Virginia 8-4 296 15

21. Northwestern 9-5 284 NR

22. Utah St. 11-2 188 NR

23. Boise St. 10-3 184 23

24. Cincinnati 11-2 171 NR

25. Iowa 9-4 120 NR

Others receiving votes: Appalachian St. 96, Stanford 52, Mississippi St. 45, Utah 43, UAB 32, Iowa St. 26, Auburn 15, Oregon 11, Missouri 10, Troy 6, Georgia Southern 6, Oklahoma St. 3, Wisconsin 2, NC State 2.