Final AP Poll: ‘Bama tops (duh!) but plenty of surprises in Top 25

GLENDALE, Ariz.

Alabama won its 10th Associated Press national championship following its 45-40 victory over Clemson in the College Football Playoff title game on Monday night.

The Crimson Tide have now won four national titles in the past seven years, all under coach Nick Saban. His other titles at Alabama came in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

In the 50th game matching the No. 1 vs. the No. 2 team, Alabama (14-1) outscored Clemson 24-16 in a frantic fourth quarter to win and earned all 61 first-place votes from the AP panel. Clemson won its only national title in 1981.

The Tigers (14-1) were ranked No. 1 coming into the game, and finished second after their first loss of the season.

Stanford, 45-16 winners over Iowa in the Rose Bowl, finished third in the final poll, followed by Ohio State, Oklahoma and Michigan State.

Ranking

Team (Record) Points

Previous

1.


Alabama (14-1)
1.525 2

2.


Clemson (14-1)
1,464 1

3.


Stanford (12-2)
1,360 5

4.


Ohio State (12-1)
1,342 7

5.


Oklahoma (11-2)
1,270 4

6.


Michigan State (12-2)
1,227 3

7.


TCU (11-2)
1,098 11

8.


Houston (13-1)
1,050 14

9.


Iowa (12-2)
981 6

10.


Mississippi (10-3)
975 16

11.


Notre Dame (10-3)
953 8

12.


Michigan (10-3)
911 17

13.


Baylor (10-3)
820 18

14.


Florida State (10-3)
630 9

15.


North Carolina (11-3)
563 10

16.


LSU (9-3)
546 22

17.


Utah (10-3)
499 20

18.


Navy (11-2)
465 21

19.


Oregon (9-4)
391 15

20.


Oklahoma State (10-3)
372 13

21.


Wisconsin (10-3)
332 23

22.


Tennessee (9-4)
260 NR

23.


Northwestern (10-3)
203 12

24.


Western Kentucky (12-2)
128 25

25.

Florida

Florida (10-4)

126 19