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NCAA College Football 2012-13 Final Top 25

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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Final

Rick Gagliano | Through games of January 9, 2013

1. Alabama 13-1
2. Ohio State 12-0
3. Oregon 12-1
4. Georgia 12-2
5. Notre Dame 12-1
6. Stanford 12-2
7. South Carolina 11-2
8. Texas A&M 11-2
9. Florida State 12-2
10. Louisville 11-2
11. Kansas State 11-2
12. Clemson 11-2
13. Florida 11-2
14. Boise State 11-2
15. LSU 10-3
16. Utah State 11-2
17. Oklahoma 10-3
18. San Jose State 11-2
19. Texas 9-4
20. Arkansas State 10-3
21. Northern Illinois 12-2
22. Tulsa 11-3
23. Oregon State 9-4
24. Cincinnati 10-3
25. Northwestern 10-3

--- Week Final Notes below ---

Final Notes:

Alabama, #1 By a Mile

In what has to be the most widely-anticipated, but sorely disappointing national championship game in history, the Alabama Crimson Tide rolled over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter and another to open the second period to take a commanding, 21-0 lead that essentially sealed the fates of both teams.

Notre Dame, a 10-point underdog, was so bitterly disgraced in the first half, by then losing 28-0, that the second half of the game was merely academic, with Alabama grinding out the clock and scoring twice more, merely keeping pace with the overwhelmed Irish, who also put up a pair of second half touchdowns.

No field goals were even attempted in the rout, Notre Dame forced to try for first downs on fourth down numerous times.

Alabama simply steamrolled the Irish in the first quarter and half, the Irish looking as though they were unprepared for the biggest game of their collective lives. While the defense was merely waving at Alabama rushers and receivers, the offensive game plan eschewed the ground game, instead attempting to throw the ball in the direction of all-American cornerback Dee Milliner, a surprising, but foolhardy endeavor.

By the time the Irish regained their bearings, the score was already out of hand, 35-0, before the irish scored their first touchdown with five minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Statistically, Alabama outplayed the Irish in every phase of the game. All-American and Heisman runner-up, Monte Teo, was nothing more than a disinterested onlooker as Alabama running backs, Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon rumbled for 140 and 108 yards, respectively.

Cumulatively, the Irish had only 32 yards rushing, compared to 265 for the Tide. Alabama QB, AJ McCarron, who was seldom rushed and hardly touched, completed 20 of 28 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns, two of which went to stunning Amari Cooper, who finished with 105 yards on six grabs.

Everett Golson, the Notre Dame quarterback, played well under continuous pressure, completing 21 of 36 for 275 yards, one TD and an interception.

Alabama was entirely dominant throughout, dispensing with the Irish in controlled fashion. The game was an absolute bore, with none of the excitement generated in the buildup ever developing on the field.

It was Alabama's third national championship in four years, second in a row, and the sixth straight for the SEC. Head coach Nick Saban now has four national titles to his credit, one earned at LSU prior to arriving at Alabama.

Elsewhere across the bowl landscape, notable wins were produced by Oregon, defeating Kansas State, 35-17, in the Fiesta Bowl. The Ducks end up at #3, behind Ohio State, ironically the only undefeated team in the nation, ineligible for post-season play due to NCAA sanctions.

Another SEC squad, Georgia, took care of business with a 45-31 win over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl, taking fourth place in the rankings. Notre Dame dipped to #5.

Texas A&M overwhelmed Oklahoma, 41-13, in the Cotton Bowl to finish the season at 11-2 in the #8 slot.

Arkansas State and Tulsa each ended up ranked, at #20 and #22, with bowl wins over Kent State and Iowa State, respectively.

The bottom two slots went to Cincinnati, a 48-34 winner over Duke in the Belk Bowl and Northwestern, after they topped Mississippi State, 34-20, in the Gator Bowl.

Thus concludes another season of college football. Alabama will almost surely be the preseason #1 pick in most polls, as they demonstrated beyond anyone's doubt that they are easily the best team in America.

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