The final Associated Press Top 25 of the season has a familiar look.

LSU is No. 1 after winning the national championship. Add Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma and Alabama and you have seven of the preseason top 10 teams finishing in the top 10 five months later.

In fact, for the first time since 2006 every preseason top 10 team finished the season ranked.

One last Reality Check for the AP Top 25, with an eye toward what’s to come in 2020:

No. 1 LSU (15-0)

Key returnees: WR Ja’Marr Chase; WR Terrace Marshall Jr.; CB Derek Stingley Jr.; DT Tyler Shelvin.

Reality check: The loss of Burrow creates enough uncertainty to take the Tigers out of the running for preseason No. 1.

No. 2 Clemson (14-1)

Key returnees: QB Trevor Lawrence; WR Justyn Ross; DT Tyler Davis; OT Jackson Carman.

Reality check: The Tigers had never been preseason No. 1 until this season. They’ll likely make it two in a row.

No. 3 Ohio State (13-1)

Key returnees: QB Justin Fields, WR Chris Olave; DB Shaun Wade; DE Zach Harrison.

Reality check: Despite huge losses on defense, the Buckeyes are likely a preseason top-three team.

No. 4 Georgia (12-2)

Key returnees: WR George Pickens, RB Zamir White; LB Nolan Smith; CB Eric Stokes.

Reality check: Should start in the top five for the third straight season.

No. 5 Oregon (12-2)

Key returnees: OT Penei Sewell; DE Kayvon Thibodaux; RB CJ Verdell; S Jevon Holland.

Reality check: The Ducks will easily be the highest ranked Pac-12 team to start the season, somewhere in the back of the top 10.

No. 6 Florida (11-2)

Key returnees: QB Kyle Trask; TE Kyle Pitts; CB Kaiir Elam; S Marco Wilson.

Reality check: The Gators have lived in the 6-12 spot the last couple years and will likely start there again.

No. 7 Oklahoma (12-2)

Key returnees: RB Kennedy Brooks; C Creed Humphrey; DE Ronnie Perkins; QB Spencer Rattler.

Reality check: Mark down the Sooners for another prolific offense and top-10 preseason ranking.

No. 8 Alabama (11-2)

Key returnees: WR DeVonta Smith; LB Dylan Moses; WR Jaylen Waddle; CB Patrick Surtain.

Reality check: No reason to think this was anything more than a blip for ‘Bama, which should start next season in the top three.

No. 9 Penn State (11-2)

Key returnees: LB Micah Parsons; QB Sean Clifford; RB Journey Brown; TE Pat Freiermuth; C Michael Menet.

Reality check: The Nittany Lions will be a trendy alternative to Ohio State to pick out of the Big Ten and should land in the back half of the preseason top 10.

No. 10 Minnesota (11-2)

Key returnees: QB Tanner Morgan; WR Rashod Bateman; S Jordan Howden; OT Daniel Faalele.

Reality check: For the first time since 2004, the Gophers will start the season ranked.

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