GLENDALE, Ariz. — Alabama has won its 10th Associated Press national championship following its 45-40 victory over Clemson in the title game on Monday night.
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.
Utah, a 35-28 winner over rival BYU in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, climbed three spots to finish No. 17 in the final AP poll. The Utes received 499 votes and climbed as high as No. 3 in this year's AP poll. Utah had a 10-3 record in 2015, including a 6-3 mark in Pac-12 play.
In the 50th game matching the No. 1 vs. the No. 2 team, Alabama (14-1) outscored Clemson 24-16 in a frantic fourth quarter to win and earned all 61 first-place votes from the AP panel. Clemson won its only national title in 1981.
The Tigers (14-1) were ranked No. 1 coming into the game, and finished second after their first loss of the season.
Stanford, 45-16 winners over Iowa in the Rose Bowl, finished third in the final poll, followed by Ohio State, Oklahoma and Michigan State.
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 (61)||14-1||1,525||2|
|4. Ohio St.||12-1||1,342||7|
|6. Michigan St.||12-2||1,227||3|
|11. Notre Dame||10-3||953||8|
|14. Florida St.||10-3||630||9|
|15. North Carolina||11-3||563||10|
|20. Oklahoma St.||10-3||372||13|
|24. W. Kentucky||12-2||128||25|
Others receiving votes: Georgia 109, Washington St. 51, Mississippi St. 47, San Diego St. 44, Arkansas 28, Toledo 28, Southern Cal 10, Appalachian St. 7, Boise St. 4, Duke 3, Temple 2, BYU 1.