Alabama topped final AP poll for 11th time; Ohio State, Clemson, Texas A&M follow Notre Dame –

Alabama topped final AP poll for 11th time; Ohio State, Clemson, Texas A&M follow Notre Dame

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Alabama has captured the season No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the 11th time, finishing their record by finishing with the program’s first perfect season since 2009.

After beating Ohio State 52–24 in the College Football Playoff Championship game on Monday night, the Crimson Tide was a unanimous No. 1 in the final voting, finishing 61 first.

Alabama started the epidemic at No. 2, peaking at No. 1 in early November and ending as the only undefeated team in major college football.

“We set it as a goal, potentially being the greatest team to ever play,” Tide quarterback Mack Jones said. “I think we made a valid statement tonight in winning the national championship.”

The Buckeyes were ranked second, followed by Clemson at number 3 and Texas A&M in the fourth, ultimately passing Best Notre Dame to the Agrios in the AP poll as it won the national title in 1939. The Fighting Irish made the playoffs but slipped 5 after losing to Alabama in the semifinals.

For the Crimson Tide, it is the sixth national title in the last 12 seasons under coach Nick Saban. No other team has won more than two during that time. Paul “Bear” Bryant was the coach for the other five – with a total of 11 titles – three more than Notre Dame in Alabama, which ranks second with eight.

The Big 12 champions Oklahoma finished sixth, Georgia seventh, and Cincinnati eighth.

The Tide, the Aggies and the Bulldogs gave the Southeastern Conference three teams in the top seven. The SEC went on to win 7–2 in the bowl, leading to Alabama’s national championship victory.

Iowa State was No. 9, and Northwestern dropped out of the top 10.

The Big 12 finished with a perfect record in five bowl games. Oklahoma and Iowa State were ranked in the final rankings from that conference by No. 19 Texas and No. 20 Oklahoma State.

The ACC’s postseason was 0-6. Clemson, Notre Dame, No. 14 North Carolina and No. 22 Miami ranked the ACC four.

The epidemic’s odd weather made headlines on teams outside the Power Five conferences as before, and the final turnout treated the upstairs well.

The American Athletic Conference champion, Cincinnati, was one of eight non-Power Five teams making the final rankings.

He was ranked fifth in the 1995 season after the Independent BYU ranked 11th, the Cougars’ best final ranking.

Sun Belt rivals Coastal Carolina and Louisiana-Lafayette were 14 and 15 respectively. That conference was never finished with two ranked teams. Liberty, another independent, was 17th.

Rounding out the voting were No. 23 Ball State, Mid-American Conference Champion, No. 24 San Jose, Champion of the Mountain West, and No. 25 Buffalo, another MAC school.


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