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                === Alabama claims top spot in final AP poll ===
 
 New  York,  NY (Sports  Network) - Alabama  claimed the top  spot in the final
 Associated  Press  Poll of  the season  after earning  its second straight BCS
 Championship with Monday's convincing 42-14 victory over Notre Dame.
 
 Notre Dame ended the regular season as the top-ranked college football team in
 the  AP poll  for  the first  time  since  1988, but  dropped  down to  fourth
 following the lopsided defeat.
 
 Oregon  jumped  up into the  second spot with  its own convincing victory over
 Kansas  State in the  Fiesta Bowl, while Ohio State remained in third place as
 the lone undefeated team in the country.
 
 The  Buckeyes,  however, were  ineligible for the  postseason in Urban Meyer's
 first  year  as coach  after the  NCAA levied a  one-year bowl  ban as part of
 penalties stemming from Jim Tressel's tenure.
 
 Georgia  and  Texas A&M share  the fifth  spot, with Stanford, South Carolina,
 Florida and Florida State rounding out the top-10.
 
 The  second  10 consists of  Clemson, Kansas State, Louisville, LSU, Oklahoma,
 Utah State, Northwestern, Boise State, Texas and Oregon State.
 
 San  Jose State,  Northern Illinois, Vanderbilt, Michigan and Nebraska are the
 last five teams ranked.
 
 Texas and Vanderbilt jumped into the rankings following victories in the Alamo
 Bowl and Music City Bowl, respectively.
 
 
 
 
 
 01/08 02:28:58 ET

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