College football

Final AP Top 25: South Carolina 8, Clemson 11

From wire reportsJanuary 8, 2013 

South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) is congratulated by head coach Steve Spurrier after their win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.

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Alabama is No. 1 at being No. 1.

The Crimson Tide (13-1) was voted national champion by The Associated Press for the ninth time, more than any other program in college football, after routing Notre Dame 42-14 on Monday night. Notre Dame, No. 1 coming into the BCS championship, dropped to No. 4.

Oregon (12-1) finished second, and undefeated Ohio State (12-0), banned from the postseason because of NCAA sanctions was third. Georgia and Texas A&M tied for fifth.

South Carolina (11-2) finished No. 8, the team's highest final AP ranking ever. Clemson (11-2) ended 2012 at No. 11.

The Gamecocks are No. 7 in the final USA Today Top 25 football coaches poll; the Tigers finished No. 9 in that ranking.

RecordPtsPv
1. Alabama (59)13-11,4752
2. Oregon12-11,3585
3. Ohio St.12-01,3023
4. Notre Dame12-11,2881
5. Georgia12-21,2306
5. Texas A&M11-21,23010
7. Stanford12-21,1698
8. South Carolina11-21,03811
9. Florida11-29334
10. Florida St.12-292213
11. Clemson11-288914
12. Kansas St.11-28717
13. Louisville11-278122
14. LSU10-37569
15. Oklahoma10-361512
16. Utah St.11-245618
17. Northwestern10-344321
18. Boise St.11-241920
19. Texas9-4358NR
20. Oregon St.9-430315
21. San Jose St.11-224324
22. N. Illinois12-222716
23. Vanderbilt9-4180NR
24. Michigan8-514719
25. Nebraska10-411923

Others receiving votes: Baylor 95, Penn St. 90, Cincinnati 78, Oklahoma St. 42, Tulsa 34, UCLA 31, Arkansas St. 28, TCU 9, UCF 9, Wisconsin 6, N. Dakota St. 1.

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