Final college football rankings: AP, Coaches Top 25s unanimous for Alabama

Streeter Lecka

There was absolutely no controversy over the national champion this season as the Crimson Tide were dominant on the way to their 15th title.

With a convincing victory in the BCS National Championship game, the Alabama Crimson Tide left no doubt that they were the best team in college football during the 2012 season. Every voter in the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll felt that way, as Alabama received all the first-place votes in both rankings.

Notre Dame fell out of the top-two in both polls, dropping all the way to No. 4 in the AP, and to No. 3 in the Coaches Poll. Some may say the voters were nice to the Fighting Irish, after they were completely outmatched by the Crimson Tide on Monday night. Undefeated Ohio State slotted ahead of Notre Dame at No. 3 in the AP.

The Oregon Ducks checked in at No. 2 in both polls following a convincing Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State in the most anticipated BCS bowl outside on the title game. The Wildcats were punished more harshly than the Irish for their bowl game failings, as they fell out of the top 10 in both sets of rankings.

The SEC was the dominant conference all season in the polls, and that continued with the final rankings. The conference that has now won seven-straight BCS titles tallied five teams in the top 10 in both polls, and seven teams overall in each. Vanderbilt finished the season ranked No. 20 and No. 23 in the Coaches and AP.

Finally, as most of the WAC sets to head off to greener pastures, the conference garnered more love than any other non-BCS league. Utah State and San Jose State were both ranked in the final polls.

Complete rankings for both polls below:

AP Top 25

Rank Team Record Points
1 Alabama (59) 13-1 1475
2 Oregon 12-1 1358
3 Ohio State 12-0 1302
4 Notre Dame 12-1 1288
5 Georgia 12-2 1230
5 Texas A&M 11-2 1230
7 Stanford 12-2 1169
8 South Carolina 11-2 1038
9 Florida 11-2 933
10 Florida State 12-2 922
11 Clemson 11-2 889
12 Kansas State 11-2 871
13 Louisville 11-2 781
14 LSU 10-3 756
15 Oklahoma 10-3 615
16 Utah State 11-2 456
17 Northwestern 10-3 443
18 Boise State 11-2 419
19 Texas 9-4 358
20 Oregon State 9-4 303
21 San Jose State 11-2 243
22 Northern Illinois 12-2 227
23 Vanderbilt 9-4 180
24 Michigan 8-5 147
25 Nebraska 10-4 119

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

USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank Team Record Points
1 Alabama (56) 13-1 1400
2 Oregon 12-1 1322
3 Notre Dame 12-1 1253
4 Georgia 12-2 1213
5 Texas A&M 11-2 1171
6 Stanford 12-2 1167
7 South Carolina 11-2 1064
8 Florida State 12-2 942
9 Clemson 11-2 916
10 Florida 11-2 886
11 Kansas State 11-2 841
12 LSU 11-2 775
13 Louisville 10-3 772
14 Boise State 11-2 633
15 Oklahoma 10-3 600
16 Northwestern 10-3 580
17 Utah State 11-2 444
18 Texas 9-4 398
19 Oregon State 9-4 366
20 Vanderbilt 9-4 248
21 San Jose State 11-2 244
22 Cincinnati 10-3 186
23 Nebraska 10-4 175
24 Northern Illinois 12-2 156
25 Tulsa 11-3 110

Others receiving votes: Michigan 101, UCLA 75, Baylor 52, Oklahoma State 36, Wisconsin 18, UCF 15, Arkansas State 13, Arizona State 10, Rutgers 9, Kent State 5, Louisiana Tech 2, Arizona 1, Ohio 1

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