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GLENDALE, Arizona — Alabama won its 10th Associated Press national championship following its 45-40 victory over Clemson in the College Football Playoff title game on Monday night.

The Crimson Tide have now won four national titles in the past seven years, all under coach . His other titles at Alabama came in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

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.

'BAMA STYLE

— This is the fifth time Alabama has won a national title without being ranked No. 1 during the regular season.

— Derrick Henry is the 16th Heisman Trophy winner to play for the national champion.

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

— The Big Ten led all conferences with six teams in the final rankings — Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin and Northwestern.

— The SEC had five — Alabama, Mississippi, LSU, Florida, Tennessee.

HIGH TIMES

— No. 2 Clemson had its highest finish since the 1982 final poll.

— No. 3 Stanford had its best final poll finish since being No. 2 in 1940.

— No. 8 Houston had its highest final poll finish since being No. 10 in 1990.

— No. 10 Mississippi had its best final poll finish since No. 8 in 1969.

— No. 18 Navy had its best final poll finish since being No. 2 in 1963.

LOW BALL

— No. 19 Oregon had its lowest finish in the final poll since it was No. 23 in 2007.


AP College Football website: collegefootball.ap.org

PHOTO: Alabama head coach Nick Saban gets doused after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. Alabama won 45-40. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT
Alabama head coach Nick Saban gets doused after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. Alabama won 45-40. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

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