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Oklahoma State Climbs Six Spots in Final AP College Football Ranking

The Cowboys finish just outside the Top 15.



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The Cowboys will finish the 2023 season just outside the Top 15, according to AP voters.

Following Monday night’s National Championship Game, the Associated Press released its final ranking for the season, and Oklahoma State landed at No. 16. OSU was No. 20 in the final College Football Playoff ranking and No. 21 in the last Coaches poll with came out Dec. 3. But now that all the games have been played, the AP is looking back with 20-20 vision.

Here is the full final AP Top 25 for 2023.

Ranking AP
1 Michigan (61)
2 Washington
3 Texas
4 Georgia
5 Alabama
6 Georgia
6 Florida State
8 Missouri
9 Ole Miss
10 Ohio State
11 Arizona
12 LSU
13 Penn State
14 Notre Dame
15 Oklahoma
16 Oklahoma State
17 Tennessee
18 Kansas State
19 Louisville
20 Clemson
21 NC State
22 SMU
23 Kansas
24 Iowa
25 Liberty


This leaves the Big 12 (as it will no longer look) with five teams ranked. West Virginia was the second team out the Top 25 after its 9-4 finish and Dukesgusting Bowl win over North Carolina.

The Big 12 will, over course, lose No. 3 Texas and No. 15 Oklahoma next season but will gain No. 11 Arizona.

Here’s how the major conferences finished in terms of ranked teams, according to the AP:

SEC: 6
Big 12: 5
Big Ten: 4
ACC: 4
Pac-12: 3

The Cowboys didn’t enter the AP ranking until Week 11 when they jumped in at 15th following their win over then-No. 10 Oklahoma. That was their highest mark, falling as low as 24 after the UCF loss and now climbing back to 16. It’s a good jumping off point for a stacked team looking to run it back in the new-look Big 12 next season.

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