Football: Alabama a unanimous national champion, Stanford finishes seventh in final AP poll January 8, 2013 0 Comments Share tweet Miles Bennett-Smith By: Miles Bennett-Smith Alabama cruised past an overmatched Notre Dame squad 42-14 to win the BCS National Championship, then wrapped up its ninth Associated Press championship on Monday night with all 59 first-place votes. Stanford (12-2) finished seventh in the AP final poll and sixth in the final coaches’ poll. In the second-to-last year before a national playoff system will be used to determine the national champion, Alabama (13-1) avoided most of the potential controversy by pushing Notre Dame (which came into the night ranked No. 1 in the BCS) all over the field at the Orange Bowl. The Fighting Irish (12-1) dropped to No. 4 in the final AP rankings, which had Oregon (12-1) second and undefeated Ohio State (12-0) third despite being banned from the postseason because of NCAA sanctions. Georgia and Texas A&M tied for fifth, with Stanford, South Carolina, Florida and Florida State rounding out the top-10. The SEC once again led the way with six teams in the final ranking, while the Pac-12 finished with three teams in the Top-25. Four of Stanford’s opponents finished ranked the final AP poll: No. 2 Oregon, No. 4 Notre Dame No. 20 Oregon State and No. 21 San Jose State. Rose Bowl opponent and Big 10 Champion Wisconsin was unranked. Alabama Alabama Crimson Tide Alabama national champions AP National Championship AP poll BCS Championship Notre Dame Notre Dame football oregon oregon ducks Stanford Stanford Cardinal Stanford football 2013-01-08 Miles Bennett-Smith January 8, 2013 0 Comments Share tweet Subscribe Click here to subscribe to our daily newsletter of top headlines.