MSU finishes No. 6 in final AP poll; UM No. 12

Detroit News wire services
Michigan State fans -- not happy during the Cotton Bowl loss to Alabama.

Michigan State fell to sixth from third in the final Associated Press college football poll released early Tuesday in the aftermath of the national championship game won by Alabama. Michigan rose from No. 17 to No. 12.

Michigan State also finished No. 6 in the coaches poll released Tuesday afternoon, while Michigan came in at No. 11.

Clemson, which was ranked No. 1 going into Monday's title clash, finished No. 2 in both polls after losing to 45-40 to Alabama, which won its 10th AP national championship. Stanford, 45-16 winners over Iowa in the Rose Bowl, finished third in the final poll, followed by Ohio State and Oklahoma.

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.

Michigan State was steamrolled by Alabama 38-0 on New Year's Eve in the Cotton Bowl. The lopsided loss left a sour note on an otherwise stellar 12-2 season, which included victories over No. 7 Oregon (31-28), No. 12 Michigan (27-23), No. 3 Ohio State (17-14) and No. 4 Iowa (16-13).

Michigan finished the season 10-3 in Jim Harbaugh's first season as coach, capped by a 41-7 rout of No. 19 Florida in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day.

The Wolverines racked up 503 yards in offense against the No. 6 defense in the nation as QB Jake Rudock threw for 278 yards and three TDs.

FINAL AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

Rank, team, record, previous rank

1. Alabama, 14-1, 2

2. Clemson,14-1, 1

3. Stanford,12-2; 5

4. Ohio State;12-1, 7

5. Oklahoma, 4

6. Michigan State, 12-2, 3

7. TCU, 11-2, 11

8. Houston;13-1, 14

9. Iowa,12-2, 6

10. Mississippi, 10-3, 16

11. Notre Dame, 10-3, 8

12. Michigan, 10-3, 17

13. Baylor, 10-3, 18

14. Florida State, 10-3, 9

15. North Carolina, 11-3, 10

16. LSU, 9-3, 22

17. Utah,10-3, 20

18. Navy, 11-2, 21

19. Oregon, 9-4, 15

20. Oklahoma State, 10-3, 13

21. Wisconsin, 10-3, 23

22. Tennessee, 9-4, NR

23. Northwestern, 10-3; 12

24. Western Kentucky,12-2. 25

25. Florida, 10-4, 19