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Iowa finishes season as consensus top-10 team

The Associated Press

Iowa finished the season as a consensus top-10 team.

The Hawkeyes, which didn't receive any votes in the preseason ranking, finished at No. 9 in the final Associated Press poll of the season, released Tuesday morning, after a 12-2 campaign and Big Ten West title. Iowa also finished at No. 10 in the USA TODAY Sports Amway Coaches' Poll.

The Register uses the AP rankings in college sports.

C.J. Beathard played 11 of his 13 games this season through  pain. He admitted his only games in full health were Illinois State and Iowa State to start the season.

Alabama won its 10th AP 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 Nick Saban. 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.

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.