NEW ORLEANS — Alabama split the games and swept the titles.
With a smothering display of old-school football, the No. 2 Crimson Tide blew out top-ranked Louisiana State 21-0 in the BCS championship game Monday night at the Superdome.
The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
|1. Alabama (55)||12-1||1,495||2|
|2. LSU (1)||13-1||1,425||1|
|3. Oklahoma St. (4)||12-1||1,399||3|
|6. Southern Cal||10-2||1,181||5|
|8. Boise St.||12-1||1,127||8|
|9. South Carolina||11-2||1,013||10|
|11. Michigan St.||11-3||873||12|
|15. Kansas St.||10-3||621||11|
|17. West Virginia||10-3||547||23|
|20. Southern Miss.||12-2||411||22|
|21. Virginia Tech||11-3||329||17|
|23. Florida St.||9-4||154||25|
Others receiving votes: BYU 51, Auburn 40, N. Illinois 33, Missouri 23, Texas 15, Rutgers 3, N. Dakota St. 2, Penn St. 2, Virginia 1.
Coach Nick Saban's Tide also moved into the top spot in the final Associated Press poll for the eighth time, tying Notre Dame for the most of any team in college football.
Alabama's victory easily offset the Tigers' 9-6 win on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and gave it the top spot in the AP ranking to go along with the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today coaches' poll.
The Tide received 55 first-place votes and No. 2 LSU got one. Big 12 champion Oklahoma State (12-1) was No. 3 and received four first-place votes.
Oregon finished fourth and Arkansas was fifth, giving the SEC three of the top five teams in the country.