One last poll before calling it a season.
And it ultimately turned into a no-brainer at the top. Say what you want about the BCS, it’s impossible to argue this year that Alabama wasn’t the best team — the Tide beat four teams ranked in the Top 10 at the time, and its last two opponents ranked No. 1 and No. 2.
There will be more debate about what comes after, and I’m sure I’ll get criticism from some for the order of my next three — Florida, Texas and Boise State.
As the only other undefeated team, BSU can stake a claim as the No. 2 team in the country. But I just don’t see it quite that clearly. I thought Florida looked as dominant as any team in the bowl season with the way it pounded previously undefeated Cincinnati, a more impressive victory, to me, than Boise State’s win over TCU.
And I left Texas third giving some benefit of the doubt for the Colt McCoy injury and as a nod to the entire season — the Longhorns ultimately beat four other teams that won bowl games while BSU will have played only two teams that will end the season ranked. Maybe it’s not Boise State’s fault, but I also think there’s something to the rigors of going week-to-week through a BCS conference schedule that the Broncos don’t have to face.
As for the Pac-10, I ultimately had none in the top 10, and if that’s how the final poll unfolds, it will be the first time since 1999 that happens (that season, Oregon finished as the highest ranked AP team at No. 19).
I put Oregon 11, USC 20 (the win at Ohio State looking a lot better and despite it all, the Trojans winning nine games against a tough schedule) and Oregon State 24.
Here’s my entire poll:
4, Boise State
5, Ohio State
8, Penn State
12, Georgia Tech
13, Virginia Tech
21, Ole Miss
23, Oklahoma State
24, Oregon State
25, Texas Tech