In the least surprising vote of the season, Alabama finishes atop the final Amway Coaches Poll, putting the bow on the Crimson Tide’s dominant 2020 national championship season.
Following a 52-24 romp in the championship game against Ohio State, Alabama was the easy No. 1 choice for all the 60 coaches participating in the final poll. The Buckeyes place second, thanks in large part to their strong semifinal performance against Clemson. The Tigers end the year at No. 3, followed by Texas A&M and Notre Dame.
Oklahoma winds up at No. 6 after its strong showing in the New Year’s Six bowl lineup. Georgia, which outlasted Cincinnati with a late field goal in the Peach Bowl, is seventh with the Bearcats landing at No. 8.
Alabama coach Nick Saban and offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood (70) celebrates with the College Football Playoff championship trophy after beating the Ohio State. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)
A couple other programs that enjoyed historic seasons were rewarded with spots in the top 10. Iowa State closes out the year at No. 9, its highest position in program history. Following the Cyclones is Northwestern, the best finish for the Wildcats since ending the 1995 campaign at No. 7 when head coach Pat Fitzgerald was a standout linebacker.
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The unusual 2020 season helped eight schools from outside the Power Five leagues land in the final Top 25, after only two were ranked in the preseason.
Cincinnati and No. 11 Brigham Young head the list, with a pair of Sun Belt members, Coastal Carolina and Louisiana-Lafayette, closing at 14 and 16, respectively. MAC champion Ball State lands at No. 23 following the program’s first ever bowl victory. No. 18 Liberty, No. 24 San Jose State and No. 25 Buffalo were also recognized.
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