Gators at No. 14 in final AP football poll

Florida coach Jim McElwain celebrates the 30-3 Outback Bowl win over Iowa at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Jan. 2. (Alan Youngblood/Staff photographer) Thanks to their 30-3 drubbing of Iowa in the Outback Bowl, the Florida Gators head into the offseason with momentum and a top-15 national ranking.

In the final Associated Press College Football poll for the 2016 season that was released Tuesday morning, the Gators climbed six spots to No. 14.

Unlike a year ago, when the Gators faded down the stretch, losing their final three games, they rebounded from back-to-back losses to FSU and Alabama this time to win their bowl game and generate some momentum heading into 2017.

Florida, which won the SEC East for a second straight year, finished the season 9-4 and likely would have had a second consecutive 10-win season under Jim McElwain had the Gators not lost a game (Presbyterian) due to Hurricane Matthew.

Clemson finished atop the AP rankings after its 35-31 win over Alabama on Monday night in the College Football Playoff championship game in Tampa. Alabama held the top spot all season. Southern California finished No. 3.

Contact Robbie Andreu at 352-374-5022 or robbie.andreu@gvillesun.com. Also check out Andreu’s blog at Gatorsports.com .

AP Top 25

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 (60) 14-1 1500 3

3. Southern Cal 10-3 1292 9

4. Washington 12-2 1277 4

6. Ohio St. 11-2 1240 27. Penn St. 11-3 1130 58. Florida St. 10-3 1105 109. Wisconsin 11-3 1032 8 Unfortunately, this article is either no longer in our system or is in a different location.To find additional or related content, you can check out latest articles or use our site search function above.Thank you.