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Atlanta — Alabama was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in the national championship game. Unbeaten Central Florida finished sixth.

Michigan State, which defeated Washington State in the Holiday Bowl to finish 10-3, was ranked No. 15. That’s an improvement of three spots from the final regular-season poll.

The Crimson Tide received 57 of 61 first-place votes from the media panel after its 26-23 overtime win on Monday night. UCF received the other four and finished with the best ranking in the history of the program. The Knights are the first bowl-eligible team to finish the season undefeated and not win a national title since TCU in 2010. Ohio State was 12-0 in 2012, but banned from the postseason by the NCAA.

Georgia finished second, its best ranking since 2007, and Oklahoma was third, followed by Clemson and Ohio State.

The AP national championship is the 11th for the Crimson Tide, three more than any other school, and fifth under coach Nick Saban since 2009. Saban joins the late Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant as the only coaches with five AP titles.

Alabama is the first preseason No. 1 to finish No. 1 since Southern California in 2004 and the 11th overall. For the fourth time, two teams from the same conference finished Nos. 1 and 2. The last three times it has happened involved Southeastern Conference teams at the top (2007, 2011 and now 2017).

Washington State was the only team ranked in the final regular-season poll to fall out of the Top 25 after the bowl season. North Carolina State moved in after beating Arizona State 52-31 in the Sun Bowl and finished No. 23.

FINAL AP POLL

1. Alabama (57 first-place votes), 13-1 record, 1,521 points

2. Georgia, 13-2, 1,454

3. Oklahoma, 12-2, 1,374

4. Clemson, 12-2, 1,292

5. Ohio State, 12-2, 1,286

6. UCF (4), 13-0, 1,248

7. Wisconsin, 13-1, 1,194

8. Penn State, 11-2, 1,120

9. TCU, 11-3, 974

10. Auburn, 10-4, 917

11. Notre Dame, 10-3, 857

12. USC, 11-3, 839

13. Miami, 10-3, 769

14. Oklahoma State, 10-3, 758

15. Michigan State, 10-3, 705

16. Washington, 10-3, 668

17. Northwestern, 10-3, 528

18. LSU, 9-4, 368

19. Mississippi State, 9-4, 359

20. Stanford, 9-5, 336

21. South Florida, 10-2, 267

22. Boise State, 11-3, 251

23. NC State, 9-4, 232

24. Virginia Tech 9-4 126

25. Memphis, 10-3, 119

Others receiving votes: Washington State 84, South Carolina 46, Iowa State 36, Army 33, Florida Atlantic 32, Troy 14, Fresno State 13, San Diego State 3, Iowa 2.

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