MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — With Notre Dame's humbling defeat to Alabama, Oregon rose to No. 2 in the final AP and USA Today coaches polls.
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 rose to No. 2 in both the AP and USA Today coaches polls.
The Tide entered the title game with as many AP titles as the Fighting Irish, and emphatically broke the tie for first. It's Alabama's second straight title and third in four years. The only other team to win three AP titles in four seasons was Notre Dame from 1946-49.
Alabama finished No. 1 five times under Paul "Bear" Bryant during his 25 years as coach, and Gene Stalling coached to the Crimson Tide to another championship in 1992.
Saban is now more than halfway to matching the Bear in just six seasons as Alabama coach. He also coached LSU to a BCS title in 2003.
Undefeated Ohio State (12-0), banned from the postseason because of NCAA sanctions was third. Georgia and Texas A&M tied for fifth to cap another banner season for the Southeastern Conference.
Alabama is the seventh straight SEC team to finish No. 1 and the toughest conference in college football also became the first league to have five of top 10 teams in the final rankings.
South Carolina was No. 8 and Florida was ninth.
The SEC also matched a record with seven teams in the final Top 25. LSU was 14th and Vanderbilt was 23rd. The SEC and Big Ten both finished with seven teams in the final rankings of the 1999 season.
Stanford was seventh and Florida State was 10th.
In the USA Today poll, Notre Dame finished third, Georgia fourth and Texas A&M fifth.
Oregon State finished 19th in the coaches poll and 20th in AP.