The Alabama Crimson Tide claimed the top spot in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll, as well as the USA Today Coaches Poll, after their dominating 42-14 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Alabama received all first-place votes in both polls after winning their second BCS Championship in as many years, and their third in four years.
The Oregon Ducks moved into the No. 2 spot in both polls after handily beating Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. Alabama’s opponent, Notre Dame, fell to the third spot in the coaches poll, and to fourth in the AP poll, behind Ohio State. The Buckeyes are on NCAA probation and were left out of the coaches poll this season.
The coaches voted SEC runner-up Georgia into the fourth spot, and Texas A&M – the only team to defeat Alabama this season – in fifth place. The press poll had the Aggies and Bulldogs tied for fifth place.
In all, the coaches poll had seven SEC teams in its top 25, ranking South Carolina (7), Florida (10), LSU (12) and Vanderbilt (20). The Associated Press ranked the same seven SEC schools in their poll.