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Here's where Alabama football finished in final AP Top 25 poll

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football stayed at No. 5 in the final AP Top 25 poll released after Monday's College Football Playoff national championship game.

The top four stayed the same with teams in the four-team playoff field, but in a different order: No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 TCU, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Ohio State.

The Bulldogs routed the Horned Frogs 65-7 in the national championship game Monday.

Alabama (11-2) stayed ahead of Tennessee, thanks to a 45-20 win over No. 14 Kansas State in the Sugar Bowl. The No. 6 Volunteers defeated No. 13 Clemson 31-14 in the Orange Bowl. Tennessee beat Alabama on a last-second field goal in October.

The Crimson Tide had wins over three top 25 teams: Kansas State (No. 14), Mississippi State (No. 20) and Texas (No. 25.

Alabama coach Nick Saban wrapped up his 16th season coaching the Crimson Tide. He has had a team finish ranked in the top 10 in 15 of those 16 seasons. The only season he didn't was his first season in 2007.

The season marked the first time Saban had an Alabama team finish ranked No. 5 in the AP poll.

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Alabama's final AP rankings under Nick Saban:

2022: No. 5

2021: No. 2

2020: No. 1

2019: No. 8

2018: No. 2

2017: No. 1

2016: No. 2

2015: No. 1

2014: No. 4

2013: No. 7

2012: No. 1

2011: No. 1

2010: No. 10

2009: No. 1

2008: No. 6

2007: Not ranked