Final NFP Top 25

The 2011-12 college football season is officially complete, as Alabama won its second BCS national championship in three seasons with a 21-0 victory over LSU on Monday night in New Orleans.

While there was some doubt as to which team was the most deserving of playing LSU in the title game, the Crimson Tide proved that they were the best one-loss team in the nation by completely dominating the contest against the Tigers.

So, for the final time this season, let’s take a look at how the National Football Post stacks up the Top 25 teams in the nation after Nick Saban’s squad claimed the SEC's sixth straight national championship.

2011 record in parentheses and previous ranking in brackets.

1. Alabama (12-1) [2]

Nick Saban led the Crimson Tide to their second BCS national championship in three seasons.

2. LSU (13-1) [1]

Are the Tigers the best team in the BCS era not to win a national title?

3. Oklahoma State (12-1) [3]

Brandon WeedenICONMany wonder how Brandon Weeden and the Oklahoma State offense would have fared against LSU or Alabama.

The Pokes beat Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl, but many wonder how Brandon Weeden and Co. would have fared in New Orleans.

4. Boise State (12-1) [5]

Kellen Moore and the Broncos were one missed field goal away from possibly playing LSU on Monday night.

5. Oregon (12-2) [8]

The Ducks finally delivered head coach Chip Kelly a BCS win, beating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

6. Arkansas (11-2) [6]

The Hogs' only losses came against both BCS national championship participants.

7. Stanford (11-2) [4]

Conservative play-calling prevented the Cardinal from claiming a Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma State.

8. USC (10-2) [7]

The Trojans were banned from the postseason but claimed a signature win at Oregon.

9. South Carolina (11-2) [9]

Head Ball Coach performed his best coaching job yet in Columbia this season.

10. Michigan State (11-3) [15]

Finally, the Spartans gave Mark Dantonio his first bowl win in his East Lansing tenure.

11. Michigan (11-2) [16]

The Wolverines were outplayed in the Sugar Bowl but managed to cap off a fantastic season for first-year head coach Brady Hoke with a win over Virginia Tech in New Orleans.

12. Baylor (10-3) [17]

The Bears were put on the national map by a fantastic season from Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III.

13. Houston (13-1) [14]

The Cougars fell in the C-USA title game but dominated Penn State in their Jan. 2 bowl game in Dallas.

14. Wisconsin (11-3) [10]

Tough losses were plentiful for the Badgers this season, but at least Heisman finalist Montee Ball will be returning to Madison next fall.

15. Georgia (10-4) [12]

The Bulldogs ran off 10 straight wins after an 0-2 start before falling in their final two contests.

16. Kansas State (10-3) [11]

Despite the loss to Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl, Bill Snyder once again performed one heck of a coaching job.

17. Oklahoma (10-3) [19]

The Sooners underachieved in 2011, but quarterback Landry Jones is coming back for his senior season next fall.

18. Virginia Tech (11-3) [13]

Logan ThomasICONThe Hokies have a bright future with Logan Thomas at quarterback.

The Hokies couldn't beat Clemson in 2011, and they couldn't find a way to stop Michigan in the Sugar Bowl when it mattered most.

19. TCU (11-2) [18]

Casey Pachall and the Horned Frogs dashed the BCS dreams of Boise State despite having a younger and more inexperienced team in 2011.

20. West Virginia (10-3) [23]

It's safe to say that Geno Smith and Co. are comfortable in Dana Holgorsen's explosive offense after their demolition of Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

21. Southern Miss (12-2) [21]

Larry Fedora parlayed a fantastic season into the head coaching job at North Carolina.

22. Clemson (10-4) [20]

Dabo Swinney had the Tigers off to an 8-0 start, but more consistency is expected in 2012.

23. Florida State (9-4) [NR]

The Seminoles underachieved in 2011, but they managed to finish the year strong with a win over Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl.

24. Nebraska (9-4) [22]

The Cornhuskers didn't exactly thrive in their most important games this season.

25. Cincinnati (10-3) [NR]

The Bearcats claimed a share of the Big East title and are moving in the right direction under Butch Jones.

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