Alabama leads 5 SEC teams in football Top 10

UGA is 5th; USC 8th in final AP poll

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Alabama is No. 1 at being No. 1.

The Crimson Tide (13-1) was voted national champion by The Associated Press for the ninth time, more than any other program in college football, after routing Notre Dame 42-14 on Monday night.

Notre Dame, No. 1 coming into the BCS championship, dropped to No. 4.

The Tide entered the title game with as many AP titles as the Fighting Irish, and emphatically broke the tie for first. It’s Alabama’s second straight title and third in four years. The only other team to win three AP titles in four seasons was Notre Dame from 1946-49.

The Tide received all 59 of the first-place votes in the final media poll of the season, and will be a candidate to start next season No. 1. This season Alabama started second, was ranked No. 1 for 10 weeks before losing to Texas A&M in November and falling to fourth. The Tide quickly moved back to No. 2 and for the second straight season beat No. 1 in the BCS title game to finish on top.

Oregon (12-1) finished second, matching its best final ranking from 2001. Ohio State (12-0), the only undefeated team in major college football but banned from the postseason because of NCAA sanctions, was third. Georgia and Texas A&M tied for fifth to cap another banner season for the Southeastern Conference.

Alabama is the seventh SEC team in a row to finish No. 1 and the toughest conference in college football also became the first league to have five of top 10 teams in the final rankings.

South Carolina was No. 8 and Florida was ninth.

The SEC also matched a record with seven teams in the final Top 25. LSU was 14th and Vanderbilt was 23rd. The SEC and Big Ten both finished with seven teams in the final rankings of the 1999 season.

Stanford was seventh and Florida State was 10th.

The Seminoles’ ACC rival, Clemson, was 11th, followed by Kansas State and Louisville.

After LSU, was Oklahoma at No. 15. Utah State is the highest ranked team from a conference without a BCS automatic qualifying bid. The Aggies won the Western Athletic Conference in its last season as a football league.

Northwestern was 17th, Boise State was No. 18, Texas was 19th and Oregon State 20th.

The final five were San Jose State, another WAC team, Northern Illinois from the Mid-American Conference, Vandy, Michigan and Nebraska.

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justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/08/13 - 10:39 am
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Hmmm

How does Notre Dame stay in the Top 10?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/08/13 - 12:18 pm
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God requested they receive absolution for last night...
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42 Hail Mary's and 14 Our Father's. Maybe the "WAC" Conference will accept ND. And Brent Mushbrains can be their spokesperson, once again.

Thank you Lord for not taking denominational sides in sports. LOL LOL

Roll Tide!! Roll!!

saywhatagain
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saywhatagain 01/08/13 - 10:54 am
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Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/08/13 - 11:01 am
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Louisville and Clemson should

Louisville and Clemson should be ranked higher.

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Riverman1 01/08/13 - 06:39 pm
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It's like the way things are

It's like the way things are set up, teams play all kinds of conference championships and what have you. Finally, a team makes it to the BCS championship game and to meet Notre Dame as long as it has won 6 games. How in the world ND can remain ranked higher than UGA and A&M is beyond me.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/08/13 - 11:29 am
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"the cheerleaders"

You must mean the MSM.
T'eo...2nd in the Heisman vote. Really? Jarvis Jones must be shaking his head this morning.

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Techfan 01/09/13 - 08:07 am
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The Gods of ESPN have spoken.

The Gods of ESPN have spoken. It's just a shame Notre Dame didn't lose one game so they could have had all SEC championship game like they planned. They have to make sure all of their investments pay off. When you own the BCS and the bowl games, you have to make sure schools with a large fan base (even if most of them haven't ever taken a college class) are at the top. Filling the stands and having folks in front of the tv's, then is all that matters. Next year they should just start the preseason off with the top 10 being all SEC schools then no matter records of strength or schedule, it'll be SEC vs SEC like they want.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/09/13 - 08:40 am
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Agree

With you there Techfan. All SEC final would be the fairest.

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soapy_725 01/09/13 - 03:31 pm
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Marketing and Money.....its America
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No one wants to watch Boise State vs. Army. No one cares to see San Fran vs. Seattle in the World Series. Yankees vs. anyone will draw the fans. Numerous NFL teams have broad fan bases. If the refs do not keep the games close, viewers will switch to another channel. We are saturated with sports of all kinds. Most are now mere "exhibitions" like pro wrestling. The NFL is expanding in Europe. Global Championships are next. Viewership is much higher in European market.

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jmo 01/10/13 - 04:49 am
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SEC Championship Game.....

was much more exciting than Alabama's scrimage game for the National Championship. Another thought; how embarassing it would have been if the Heisman Committee had given the trophy to T'eo. He wasn't even the best defensive player in this game.

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