Alabama sweeps final college football polls
In the end, there was no major controversy over college football's final No.1
Alabama received 55 first-place votes in the final Associated Press poll after Monday night's 21-0 shutout victory over Louisiana State in the Bowl Championship Series title game at the Superdome in New Orleans.
The AP final top 10: Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Arkansas, USC, Stanford, Boise State, South Carolina and Wisconsin.
The USA Today poll, conducted by voting coaches, is contractually bound to name the BCS winner its national champion.
The AP poll is not bound by that rule and can name an independent champion. It happened in 2003 when LSU won the BCS title game but USC earned the AP trophy.
No. 3 Oklahoma State was hoping a close Alabama win might convince enough voters to produce a split result. There was also a chance an ugly Alabama win might keep LSU at No.1. The Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide, 9-6, in the regular season matchup.
But LSU received only one first-place AP vote while Oklahoma State received four.
The final USA Today coaches' poll top 10: Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Arkansas, Boise State, Stanford, South Carolina, Michigan and Michigan State.
USC, because of NCAA probation, was not eligible for the USA Today poll.
-- Chris Dufresne in New Orleans
Photo: Dre Kirkpatrick (21) and Darius Hanks (15) of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate after defeating Louisiana State in the BCS title game. Credit: Andy Lyons / Getty Images.