by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff
Head coach Nick Saban won his second national title with Alabama (2009 season) and third overall (LSU, 2003 season). He is the first head coach to win three national championships in the BCS era.
The state of Alabama captured its third consecutive title with Auburn winning last year's matchup with Oregon 22-19 and Alabama taking the 2009 season title with a 37-21 decision over Texas.
Make no mistake, this title is not free of controversy, though the dominating manner in which 'Bama won will help sweep of that controversy under the rug. Still, the Tide becomes national champions by going 1-1 vs. LSU while the Tigers are 1-1 against the Crimson Tide and are not the champions. It is the first time such a scenario has unfolded since the pre-BCS days of Florida-Florida State in the 1996 season. Alabama is also the first member of a conference to win the national championship - while not winning its own conference -since 1936.
Alabama improved its overall bowl record to 34-22-3 as it gave the SEC its 8th national title in the BCS's 14-year era. LSU became the first SEC team to lose in a BCS Championship game and saw its bowl record fall to 22-20-1.
55.3% of CollegeFootballPoll.com voters picked LSU to win and the Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com forecasted a 4.16-point victory for the Tigers.
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