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January 9, 2012 at 8:43 PM

My final AP Top 25

The BCS title game is over — and I think most of America would agree in saying “none too soon.”

Alabama undoubtedly has a great defense. But great offense would have been more fun to watch.

It might also be nice to see Oklahoma State now get a shot at the Tide.

But the Cowboys won’t. And while I gave some thought to putting Oklahoma State ahead of Alabama — there’s a better case than you might think given that OSU had more wins against ranked teams, 5-3, and played in a conference ranked the toughest in the nation — I ultimately sided with the Tide.

Statistically, Alabama was the better team in the first game against LSU. Undoubtedly it was the better team in every way in the rematch. Playing in that fashion in a national title atmosphere counts for something.

Had Alabama not been as dominant, the decision would have been harder. Also a factor — the way Arkansas batted around Kansas State, given more credence to the SEC’s claims of superiority.

LSU had the better regular-season resume than Alabama, so putting Oklahoma State ahead of the Tigers for No. 2 might not seem to make as much sense given what I stated above. But the bowl game result has to account for a lot in a situation like this, and obviously the Cowboys got a good result and LSU did not.

From there, there was a little shuffling but not as much as I thought — more bowl games went the way of the status quo than it seemed like after reviewing them all again in the last 24 hours. I moved USC up a spot, moving Stanford down a couple spots, though leaving the Cardinal ahead of Arkansas based largely on best win (Stanford’s victory at USC).

The final poll will be out soon, so I’ll wait until then to really analyze what it means for UW’s schedule next year. But obviously the Huskies could face four teams next season that could finish ranked in the top 7-8 this year.

Here’s my entire ballot:

1, Alabama
2, Oklahoma State
3, LSU
4, USC
5, Boise State
6, Oregon
7, Stanford
8, Arkansas
9, South Carolina
10, Wisconsin
11, Michigan State
12, Michigan
13, Baylor
14, Oklahoma
15, Kansas State
16, West Virginia
17, TCU
18, Southern Miss
19, Georgia
20, Virginia Tech
21, Houston
22, Auburn
23, Texas
24, Florida State
25, Clemson

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