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Alabama, Oregon, Ohio St. Top Final AP Poll of 2012 Season

The final AP Top 25 poll has been released and as expected, the Alabama Crimson Tide are the No. 1 team in the country. But we all saw that settled on national television as the Tide beat down the Notre Dame Irish in the BCS Championship. The real question was how would the rest of the Top 25 look after all the bowl games are now said and down.

Oregon rolls in at No. 2 in the AP Poll with the bowl ineligible Ohio State Buckeyes finishing at No. 3 in the poll. Many people believe that if the Buckeyes had been eligible to play in the National Championship, we would have had a much more competitive championship game. However, the Buckeyes — who finish the season the only undefeated team in the country– will have to settle for third place.

The Irish dropped to No. 4 in the polls after getting throttled in the title game, with Georgia on their heels at a very close fifth place. Johnny Football and the Texas A&M Aggies finish their season tied with the Bulldogs at No. 6 and are the unofficial No. 6 team in the country. A Rose Bowl win by the Stanford Cardinal boosted them up to Noo. 7 after a rocky start to the season while the South Carolina Gamecocks re-entered and finished in the Top 10, better than where they began the 2012 season.

College football is done for the season, but while we have the final AP Poll to ponder, the question already is kicking around in the heads of most college football fans everywhere: how will everything stack up for the preseason poll which is just 8 months away from being released.

AP Top 25
1 Alabama (59) 13-1 1475
2 Oregon 12-1 1358
3 Ohio State 12-0 1302
4 Notre Dame 12-1 1288
5 Georgia 12-2 1230
5 Texas A&M 11-2 1230
7 Stanford 12-2 1169
8 South Carolina 11-2 1038
9 Florida 11-2 933
10 Florida State 12-2 922
11 Clemson 11-2 889
12 Kansas State 11-2 871
13 Louisville 11-2 781
14 LSU 10-3 756
15 Oklahoma 10-3 615
16 Utah State 11-2 456
17 Northwestern 10-3 443
18 Boise State 11-2 419
19 Texas 9-4 358
20 Oregon State 9-4 303
21 San Jose State 11-2 243
22 Northern Illinois 12-2 227
23 Vanderbilt 9-4 180
24 Michigan 8-5 147
25 Nebraska 10-4 119

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    Actually, if the Buckeyes had been eligible, Alabama wouldn’t have been in the National Championship game at all.