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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Updated: January 15, 12:48 PM ET
McCarron starts 2013 as No. 1

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A.J. McCarron makes his way atop the first Cross-Sport Power Rankings of 2013 after his impressive performance in the national championship game. McCarron completed over 70 percent of his passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns as Alabama rolled over Notre Dame 42-14 and became the first team to repeat as BCS champs.

Securing the No. 2 position was another phenomenal college football quarterback, Johnny Manziel. Johnny Football helped Texas A&M cap off its unforgettable first season as a member of the SEC with a convincing Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma just weeks after he won the Heisman Trophy.

Rounding out the top three is Arian Foster for accomplishing a number of postseason firsts in the Texans win over the Bengals. Foster notched another piece of history by exceeding Fred Taylor's 13-year-old record of 383 rushing yards over his first three postseason games by totaling 425 yards in his first three playoff appearances with Houston.

That's how our panel ranked them, but do you agree? Let your voice be heard in the comments, and if you impress the panel, you could be chosen as a guest ranker for next week.

2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman

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The Cross-Sport Power Rankings week runs from Tuesday to Monday, covering all sporting events in that seven-day span.