UCF finishes No. 6 in AP Poll, receives four first-place votes

UCF finishes No. 6 in AP Poll, receives four first-place votes

For now, though, Alabama is the sport's official recognized national champion.

ATLANTA (AP) - Alabama was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in the national championship game on Monday night. But earlier this week, Bet The Board's Twitter account relayed word that a potential betting line for an Alabama-UCF matchup would place the Crimson Tide as 21-point favorites. In addition to the highest season-ending ranking, it was the highest ranking UCF has ever achieved in the AP Top 25.

The Knights finished the 2017 season as the nation's only undefeated team while proclaiming themselves as national champions. The Tide swept that series and is 49-6 against non-conference foes during Nick Saban's tenure. Head coach Scott Frost left the school to coach at Nebraska, which is his alma mater.

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Alabama is the first preseason No. 1 to finish No. 1 since Southern California in 2004 and the 11th overall.

According to poll research from Dungeon contributor CommuterBob, this is the first time an undefeated team has not been ranked below the top three when there's also been at least one other team from the same conference ranked.

UCF finished with the only ideal season in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. North Carolina State moved in after beating Arizona State 52-31 in the Sun Bowl and finished No. 23.

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