The Alabama Crimson Tide cruised to their third BCS National Championship victory in four years, including back-to-back titles on Monday night in Miami.
With its 42-14 destruction of Notre Dame, Alabama will finish the season ranked No. 1 in the AP poll for the second straight year and the third time in four years.
Nick Saban's Crimson Tide are the obvious No. 1 following a 42-14 rout of the Fighting Irish in Miami. The loss bumps Notre Dame down from No. 1 to No. 4 in the final AP poll.
In addition to Alabama, No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Ohio State both leaped Notre Dame.
Johnny Football and No. 5 Texas A&M finish the season right behind the Irish after thrashing Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. The Sooners wind up No. 15.
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Georgia also earns a share of the No. 5 ranking after taking out Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl to finish 12-2 on the year.
The Cornhuskers were lucky to finish in the AP Top 25, earning a share of the No. 25 ranking. They split it with Kent State, despite losing their last two games of the year by a combined 53 points.
Not including Notre Dame, No. 9 Florida is the highest-ranked bowl loser. The Gators were upset by now-No. 13 Louisville in the Sugar Bowl.
Still, the SEC will get the last laugh. Five of the conference's teams finish the season ranked in the Top 10 of the AP poll. Seven SEC teams finished in the AP Top 25.
No. 14 LSU finishes the season as the highest-ranked three-loss team in the AP poll, while No. 22 Northern Illinois concludes the year as the lowest-ranked 12-win team.
Here's a look at the final AP Top 25 poll.
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