The 2018 college football season was one of the wildest and unpredictable years to date, culminating with Clemson's unexpected dominating victory over Alabama in the National Championship game.
As one would expect, there were several drastic changes from preseason rankings to the final poll, but what really stands out is that a record 54 teams made at least one appearance on the AP Top-25 over the course of the 2018 season.
Final AP Top 25:— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) January 8, 2019
• Texas is highest ranked 4-loss team ever
• 3 of 7 longest Power 5 final poll droughts ended
• 3 preseason top 10 teams finished unranked
• Most teams (54) ever ranked during a season
More Behind the Ballot:https://t.co/gGoCv9OHGC
The crazy amount of teams to be recognized by the AP this season is a testament to the growing parity in college football. Could it mean the end of blue-blood program dominance in the coming years? It's highly unlikely. However, only time will tell.
If the 2019 season-ending poll sees a similar amount of changes throughout the year, there's a solid chance that we'll be looking at a very different college football landscape in the future.
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