College Football

Alabama No. 1 for ninth time in AP football rankings

jgiglio@newsobserver.comJanuary 9, 2013 

  • Giglio’s final ballot (Previous vote in parentheses)
     1. Alabama (2)14. Kansas State (5)
     2. Notre Dame (1)  15. Utah State (16)
     3. Stanford (7)16. Boise State (19)
     4. Oregon (4)17. San Jose State (21)
     5. Georgia (6)18. Oklahoma (12)
     6. Texas A&M (9)19. Texas (NR)
     7. Florida (3)20. Northern Illinois (18)
     8. South Carolina (11)21. Oregon State (15)
     9. Ohio State (10)22. Baylor (NR)
    10. Florida State (13)23. Northwestern (24)
    11. Clemson (14)24. Vanderbilt (NR)
    12. Louisville (17)25. Nebraska (20)
    13. LSU (8)
  • More information Out: UCLA (22), San Diego State (23), Kent State (25)
  • More information Final AP Top 25
    1. Alabama (59)13-11,4752
    2. Oregon12-11,3585
    3. Ohio St.12-01,3023
    4. Notre Dame12-11,2881
    5. Georgia12-21,2306
    5. Texas A&M11-21,23010
    7. Stanford12-21,1698
    8. South Carolina11-21,03811
    9. Florida11-29334
    10. Florida St.12-292213
    11. Clemson11-288914
    12. Kansas St.11-28717
    13. Louisville11-278122
    14. LSU10-37569
    15. Oklahoma10-361512
    16. Utah St.11-245618
    17. Northwestern10-344321
    18. Boise St.11-241920
    19. Texas9-4358NR
    20. Oregon St.9-430315
    21. San Jose St.11-224324
    22. N. Illinois12-222716
    23. Vanderbilt9-4180NR
    24. Michigan8-514719
    25. Nebraska10-411923
    Others receiving votes: Baylor 95, Penn St. 90, Cincinnati 78, Oklahoma St. 42, Tulsa 34, UCLA 31, Arkansas St. 28, TCU 9, UCF 9, Wisconsin 6, N. Dakota St. 1.

Editor’s note: Joe Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.

Alabama’s 42-14 clinic at Notre Dame’s expense late Monday gave the Crimson Tide its ninth Associated Press national title, the most by any program.

The Tide’s title also was historic because it was its third within four years. The AP has crowned a national champion since 1936 and only one other program, Notre Dame, has won three titles over four years (1946, ’47 and ’49).

Yes, Nebraska fan, Tom Osborne won three titles over four years between 1994 and ’97, but the ’97 AP title (correctly) went to Michigan; Nebraska took the coaches’ crown,. Such are the politics of college football and the designation of its mythical national champion.

A four-team playoff will be here soon, for the 2014 season, but we have one more year of the Bowl Championship Series and then an even longer wait for an eight-team bracket.

There is absolutely no reason to think Alabama won’t be in the title game next January. The greatest trick Nick Saban has pulled in this repeat is losing a home SEC game but bouncing back to win the big game.

“Every game counts … ” right, ESPN? Except when Alabama loses.

The rest of the top 10 required a dart board, I settled on Stanford (3) over Oregon (4) and Georgia (5) over Florida (7), based on head-to-head results but jumped Texas A&M to No. 6, ahead of Florida, because of its regular-season win against the Tide.

Giglio: 919-829-8938 or

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