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KSU Finishes 12th In AP Football Poll

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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January 8, 2013

Alabama is No. 1 at being No. 1.

The Crimson Tide (13-1) was voted national champion by The Associated Press for the ninth time, more than any other program in college football, after routing Notre Dame 42-14 on Monday night.

Notre Dame, No. 1 coming into the BCS championship, dropped to No. 4.

The Tide entered the title game with as many AP titles as the Fighting Irish, and emphatically broke the tie for first. It’s Alabama’s second straight title and third in four years. The only other team to win three AP titles in four seasons was Notre Dame from 1946-49.

“It won’t sink in until everything settles down,” Alabama senior linebacker Nico Johnson said. “To play for three national championship in my career ... that’s special.”

Alabama finished No. 1 five times under Paul “Bear” Bryant during his 25 years as coach, and Gene Stalling coached to the Crimson Tide to another championship in 1992.

Saban is now more than halfway to matching the Bear in just six seasons as Alabama coach. He also coached LSU to a BCS title in 2003.

Oregon (12-1) finished second, and undefeated Ohio State (12-0), banned from the postseason because of NCAA sanctions was third. Georgia and Texas A&M tied for fifth to cap another banner season for the Southeastern Conference.

Michigan, which lost to No. 8 South Carolina in the Outback Bowl, fell to 24th. Michigan State did not receive a vote.

Alabama is the seventh straight SEC team to finish No. 1 and the toughest conference in college football also became the first league to have five of top 10 teams in the final rankings.

South Carolina was No. 8 and Florida was ninth.

The SEC also matched a record with seven teams in the final Top 25. LSU was 14th and Vanderbilt was 23rd. The SEC and Big Ten both finished with seven teams in the final rankings of the 1999 season.

Stanford was seventh and Florida State was 10th.

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:

1. Alabama (59) 13-1 1,475 2

2. Oregon 12-1 1,358 5

3. Ohio St. 12-0 1,302 3

4. Notre Dame 12-1 1,288 1

5. Georgia 12-2 1,230 6

5. Texas A&M 11-2 1,230 10

7. Stanford 12-2 1,169 8

8. South Carolina 11-2 1,038 11

9. Florida 11-2 933 4

10. Florida St. 12-2 922 13

11. Clemson 11-2 889 14

12. Kansas St. 11-2 871 7

13. Louisville 11-2 781 22

14. LSU 10-3 756 9

15. Oklahoma 10-3 615 12

16. Utah St. 11-2 456 18

17. Northwestern 10-3 443 21

18. Boise St. 11-2 419 20

19. Texas 9-4 358 NR

20. Oregon St. 9-4 303 15

21. San Jose St. 11-2 243 24

22. N. Illinois 12-2 227 16

23. Vanderbilt 9-4 180 NR

24. Michigan 8-5 147 19

25. Nebraska 10-4 119 23

Others receiving votes: Baylor 95, Penn St. 90, Cincinnati 78, Oklahoma St. 42, Tulsa 34, UCLA 31, Arkansas St. 28, TCU 9, UCF 9, Wisconsin 6, N. Dakota St. 1.


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