Alabama finished the season unanimously ranked No. 1 in both major polls, which were released Tuesday. The Crimson Tide (13-1) was voted national champion a record ninth time by the Associated Press, capturing all 59 first-place votes after routing Notre Dame 42-14 in the BCS National Championship game on Monday. Alabama received all 56 top votes in the final USA Today coaches poll. Notre Dame (12-1), which entered the game No. 1 in both polls, dropped to No. 4 in the media poll and No. 3 by the coaches. The Fighting Irish have eight AP national titles. Oregon (12-1) finished second in both polls. Ohio State (12-0), the only undefeated major college program, finished third in the media poll but was not eligible to be ranked by the coaches because it was banned from the postseason due to NCAA sanctions. Georgia was No. 4 and Texas A&M fifth in the USA Today poll. Stanford, South Carolina, Florida State, Clemson and Florida were Nos. 6-10 in the USA Today poll. Georgia and Texas A&M tied for fifth in the AP poll. The rest of the media top 10 was Stanford, South Carolina, Florida and Florida State. An SEC team finished first in the AP poll for the seventh straight year. The conference represented five teams in the top 10 and seven in the top 25.
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