Nick Saban: Associated Press college football Top 25 rankings

Alabama Is No. 1 In Final Associated Press College Football Top 25 Rankings

MIAMI, FL — Alabama finished the season as the No. 1 team in the final Associated Press college football Top 25 rankings after winning the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night.

The Crimson Tide received 57 of 61 first-place votes from the media panel after overcoming a 13-point first half deficit to beat SEC rival Georgia, 26-23 in overtime to win the national title.

They moved up three places from the previous rankings and collected 1,521 points.

Georgia ended the year as the No. 2 team in the country — the Bulldogs’ highest ranking since 2007.

Oklahoma is No. 3 and is followed by Clemson and Ohio State in the top 5.

Meanwhile, Unbeaten Central Florida, which collected the last four votes for first place, finished the season at No. 6 in the final Associated Press college football Top 25 rankings.

According to AP Stats and Information, the Knights, who ended the term with a 13-0 record, are the first bowl-eligible team to complete the season undefeated and not win a national title since TCU in 2010.

The Ohio State Buckeyes ended 2012 with a 12-0 record, but was banned from the postseason by the NCAA.

Wisconsin is No. 7 and is followed by Penn State, TCU and Auburn in the top 10.

The top 15 is completed by Notre Dame, USC, Miami, Oklahoma State and Michigan State.

Washington finished the final Associated Press college football Top 25 rankings at No. 16 and is followed by Northwestern, LSU, Mississippi State and Stanford in the top 20.

South Florida, Boise State, newcomers NC State, Virginia Tech and Memphis round out the last five.

Washington State fell out of the poll.

The Big Ten and Southeastern Conference ended the season with five teams each in the Associated Press college football Top 25 rankings — the leading conferences in the poll.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM REC PTS
1 Alabama(57) 13-1 1521
2 Georgia 13-2 1454
3 Oklahoma 12-2 1374
4 Clemson 12-2 1292
5 Ohio State 12-2 1286
6 UCF(4) 13-0 1248
7 Wisconsin 13-1 1194
8 Penn State 11-2 1120
9 TCU 11-3 974
10 Auburn 10-4 917
11 Notre Dame 10-3 857
12 USC 11-3 839
13 Miami 10-3 769
14 Oklahoma State 10-3 758
15 Michigan State 10-3 705
16 Washington 10-3 668
17 Northwestern 10-3 528
18 LSU 9-4 368
19 Mississippi State 9-4 359
20 Stanford 9-5 336
21 South Florida 10-2 267
22 Boise State 11-3 251
23 NC State 9-4 232 NR
24 Virginia Tech 9-4 126 2
25 Memphis 10-3 119 6

Dropped from rankings: Washington State (21)

Others receiving votes: Washington State 84, South Carolina 46, Iowa State 36, Army 33, Florida Atlantic 32, Troy 14, Fresno State 13, San Diego State 3, Iowa 2

Ben Rummage | Staff Writer

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