Prior to the BcS title game Monday night, there was a school of thought that, if LSU were to lose a close game to Alabama, the Associated Press could vote the Tigers as its No. 1 team thanks to their previous 13-game body of work.
Courtesy of the Tide’s utter evisceration of said body work, that’s officially a moot, albeit non-unanimous, point.
In the final release of the AP poll, Alabama earned 55 of the 60 first-place votes. Four of the other five went to No. 3 Oklahoma State, while No. 2 LSU received the lone remaining first-place nod. The lone wolf among voters? Erik Gee of KNML-AM in Albuquerque, who voted LSU No. 1 and Alabama No. 2.
The fact that Gee voted for LSU should not come as a surprise, however.
“I will vote for LSU no matter what happens in the National Championship Game,” Gee wrote prior to the title game. “How in the world can they be the SEC West champ, the outright SEC champ, and lose to Alabama in a ‘neutral’ site game (I guess you can debate the Superdome being a neutral site) after they have already beaten them in Tuscaloosa, have the series split 1-1 and not at least have a share of the national title?”
Oregon finished No. 4 and Arkansas No. 5, giving the SEC, as in the coaches’ poll, three of the top-five teams in the country. While they were ineligible for the coaches’ poll, that wasn’t the case in the AP poll as USC came in at No. 6, followed by Stanford (No. 7), Boise State (No. 8), South Carolina (No. 9) and Wisconsin (No. 10) to round out the Top 10.
West Virginia made the biggest move up from the previous poll released in early December, climbing from No. 23 to No. 17. The team the Mountaineers took to the woodshed in the Orange Bowl, Clemson, took the biggest tumble, falling from No. 14 to No. 22.
As was the case in the coaches’ poll, Penn State (then-No. 24, was the only team to fall out of the rankings, replaced by Cincinnati (No. 25).