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Winning CFP championship gives Crimson Tide AP title

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — 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.

‘BAMA STYLE

— This is the fifth time Alabama has won a national title without being ranked No. 1 during the regular season.

— Derrick Henry is the 16th Heisman Trophy winner to play for the national champion.

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

— The Big Ten led all conferences with six teams in the final rankings — Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin and Northwestern.

— The SEC had five — Alabama, Mississippi, LSU, Florida, Tennessee.

HIGH TIMES

— No. 2 Clemson had its highest finish since the 1982 final poll.

— No. 3 Stanford had its best final poll finish since being No. 2 in 1940.

— No. 8 Houston had its highest final poll finish since being No. 10 in 1990.

— No. 10 Mississippi had its best final poll finish since No. 8 in 1969.

— No. 18 Navy had its best final poll finish since being No. 2 in 1963.

LOW BALL

— No. 19 Oregon had its lowest finish in the final poll since it was No. 23 in 2007.

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pv

1. Alabama (61) 14-1 1,525 2

2. Clemson 14-1 1,464 1

3. Stanford 12-2 1,360 5

4. Ohio St. 12-1 1,342 7

5. Oklahoma 11-2 1,270 4

6. Michigan St. 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 St. 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 St. 10-3 372 13

21. Wisconsin 10-3 332 23

22. Tennessee 9-4 260 NR

23. Northwestern 10-3 203 12

24. W. Kentucky 12-2 128 25

25. Florida 10-4 126 19

Others receiving votes: Georgia 109, Washington St. 51, Mississippi St. 47, San Diego St. 44, Arkansas 28, Toledo 28, Southern Cal 10, Appalachian St. 7, Boise St. 4, Duke 3, Temple 2, BYU 1.