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Final Regular Season Poll

Posted on: December 16, 2008 1:19 am
Edited on: December 16, 2008 1:21 am
Well, here's the link to my pre-season poll so that you can compare this one to that one.  Hope you enjoy this and enjoy the bowl season.  I might have something special up for the bowl season, but we'll see...

Pre-season poll

1. Florida Gators (12-1) (8-1) - Counting the SEC championship game within the record, the Florida Gators had an outstanding season.  There were concerns about the defense to begin the year, but the Gators were able to go against these odds and are now SEC champs and in the national championship game.
Bowl Game: National Championship vs. No. 2 Oklahoma - Jan. 8

2. Oklahoma Sooners (12-1) (8-1) - The Sooners' only loss this was to a great Texas team who many felt should be in the national championship game.  The Sooners are recepients of the Big XII title once again, dominating a very overmatched Missouri team.  They are hoping for not another BCS choke.
Bowl Game: National Championship vs. No. 1 Florida - Jan. 8

3. Utah Utes (12-0) (8-0) - Many thought at the beginning of the season that it would be the Brigham Young Cougars busting the BCS, but instead it will be the Utah Utes facing Alabama in a BCS bowl.  The Utes had a terrific season, beating teams like Brigham Young, Texas Christian, and Oregon State.
Bowl Game: Sugar Bowl vs. No. 5 Alabama - Jan. 2

4. Boise State Broncos (12-0) (8-0) - Many also thought Fresno State had a good shot at busting the BCS out of the WAC.  I am one of the few that thinks that Boise State got snubbed, well, sort of.  Boise State still gets a great match up in their bowl game, against Texas Christian.
Bowl Game:
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl vs. No. 11 Texas Christian - Dec. 23

5. Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) (8-1) - The Crimson Tide's magical season came to an end when the Gators defeated them in the SEC championship game.  The Crimson Tide need to finish strong as they face a formidable Utah team in the Sugar Bowl.  I hope it is a great match up.
Bowl Game: Sugar Bowl vs. No. 3 Utah - Jan. 2

6. Texas Longhorns (11-1) (7-1) - Some Longhorns fans are upset with the selection of Oklahoma to go to the Big XII title game and also to the national championship game to face Florida, but they still had an outstanding season with Colt McCoy bouncing back from a sophomore year where he struggled a bit.
Bowl Game: Fiesta Bowl vs. No. 10 Ohio State - Jan. 5

7. Southern California Trojans (11-1) (8-1) - Once again, the Trojans are kings of the Pac-Ten and heading to the Rose Bowl.  It might not be so easy this time around as they get to face the Penn State Nittany Lions, who are the Big Ten champs.  Probably one of the better bowl match ups this year.
Bowl Game: Rose Bowl vs. No. 8 Penn State - Jan. 1
8. Penn State Nittany Lions (11-1) (7-1) - The Nittany Lions were just a few seconds away from a perfect season.  The Iowa Hawkeyes got them in the end, but still a very good season for JoePa as he continues to coach.  Now the class of the Big Ten will try to gain a Rose Bowl win, facing the Trojans of Southern Cal.
Bowl Game: Rose Bowl vs. No. 7 Southern California - Jan. 1

. Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-1) (7-1) - Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree are still the dynamic duo that they were last year.  I really thought that Michael Crabtree deserved a shot at the Heisman, but I guess it's too late now.  The Red Raiders now face a Rebels team that is much improved.
Bowl Game: Cotton Bowl vs. No. 17 Mississippi - Jan. 2

10. Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2) (7-1) - Terrell Pryor's freshman year was surely impressive.  The Buckeyes are rewarded with a BCS bowl berth, facing the Texas Longhorns.  It will definitely be a tough match up for the Buckeyes, who impressed me by coming back the way they did after suffering a beatdown against Southern Cal.
Bowl Game: Fiesta Bowl vs. No. 6 Texas - Jan. 5

11. Texas Christian Horned Frogs (10-2) (7-1) - The Horned Frogs of TCU had a nice year.  They were able to beat Brigham Young, but couldn't keep up with Utah.  Nonetheless, a good year for this non-BCS team and they get Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl.
Bowl Game: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl vs. No. 4 Boise State -
Dec. 23

12. Cincinnati Bearcats (11-2) (6-1) - The Bearcats win the Big East title in football for the first time in school history and there may be more to come if Brian Kelly stays.  He's done a nice job, turning this team in a Big East contender.  They get rewarded with a BCS bowl match up.
Bowl Game: Orange Bowl vs. No. 19 Virginia Tech - Jan. 1

13. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-3) (5-3) - The Yellow Jackets may have not won their conference, but they had an outstanding year under first year coach Paul Johnson.  The triple option offense does still work, as Johnson proved.  The Yellow Jackets now get Louisiana State.
Bowl Game: Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Louisiana State - Dec. 31

14. Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3) (5-3) -
Aside from the whole "I'm a man!  I'm 40!" stuff, you can't help but be impressed with what Mike Gundy has done with the Cowboys.  The Cowboys may not have been able to pull out a win against the big 3 of the Big XII south, but they kept it close against Texas and for awhile against Oklahoma.
Bowl Game: Holiday Bowl vs. No. 15 Oregon - Dec. 30

15. Oregon Ducks (9-3) (7-2) -
Despite all of the quarterback shuffling the Ducks had to go through, they had a respectable season and are rewarded with a match up against Oklahoma State.  Their win against Oregon State helped make this year very satisfying for Ducks fans.
Bowl Game: Holiday Bowl vs. No. 14 Oklahoma State - Dec. 30

16. Northwestern Wildcats (9-3) (5-3) -
Pat Fitzgerald has done a great job turning this team around.  The Wildcats made a very nice turnaround from last year as they propelled themselves to a 9 win season.  The Wildcats hope for ten wins when their bowl game rolls around.
Bowl Game: Alamo Bowl vs. Missouri - Dec. 29

17. Mississippi Rebels (8-4) (5-3) -
Houston Nutt's first year at Mississippi was certainly an impressive one.  They were able to upset Florida early in the year, and then finished strong, including a big win against Louisiana State, to go 8-4 on the season.  A very big turnaround, one in which Jevan Sneed was also a part of.
Bowl Game: Cotton Bowl vs. No. 9 Texas Tech - Jan. 2

18. Georgia Bulldogs (9-3) (6-2) -
Matthew Stafford and Knoshown Moreno both had terrific years this year and are looking like they're headed for the draft.  They have to finish off the year against a tough Michigan State team as Stafford and Moreno (maybe) look to go out winners.
Bowl Game: Capital One Bowl vs. No. 21 Michigan State - Jan. 1

19. Virginia Tech Hokies (9-4) (6-3) -
The Hokies are once again ACC champs thanks to Beamer and Bud Foster.  The Hokies recovered from a slow start, making the decision to remove Tyrod Taylor's redshirt and allow him to run and pass all over the field like he should.  Their reward: a BCS bowl.
Bowl Game: Orange Bowl vs. No. 12 Cincinnati - Jan. 1

20. Ball State Cardinals (12-1) (8-1) -
The dream of a perfect season ended when the Cardinals ran into a feisty Buffalo Bulls team led by Turner Gill.  Coach Hoke, though, fielded a team that look destined for a perfect year.  It wasn't the case.  Nate Davis is one quaterback that is definitely worth watching.
Bowl Game: GMAC Bowl vs. Tulsa - Jan. 6

21. Michigan State Spartans (9-3) (6-2) -
Michigan State didn't look very good in their losses (Penn State, Ohio State, and California (close)), but they have looked good in general on the year.  Javon Ringer is a definite workhorse as he'll hope to tire out the Georgia defensive line and linebacker corps.
Bowl Game: Capital One Bowl vs. No. 18 Georgia - Jan. 1

22. Brigham Young Cougars (10-2) (6-2) -
At the start of the year, many felt the Cougars had the best shot at busting the BCS.  The Cougars were two losses away (TCU and Utah) from making that happen.  Now they face Arizona in the Las Vegas Bowl, which could be a good game.  Max Hall and Austin Collie look to return for next year and continue their dominance.
Bowl Game: Las Vegas Bowl vs. Arizona - Dec. 20

23. Iowa Hawkeyes (8-4) (5-3) -
Not a bad year for Iowa considering where they were at before the season started.  It seems as if Kirk Ferentz has been given chance after chance after chance.  The win against Penn State was the exclamation mark this year as Ferentz hopes to build on this good year.
Bowl Game: Outback Bowl vs. South Carolina - Jan. 1

24. Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-4) (5-3) -
This is slightly biased, but the Huskers finished strong, winning 5 of their last 6.  They had a close loss to Texas Tech and Virginia Tech.  A couple of mistakes that weren't made could've put Nebraska at 10-2 on the year.  Bo Pelini did a great job turning a 5-7 team to an 8-4 team in one year.
Bowl Game: Gator Bowl vs. Clemson - Jan. 1

25. Boston College Eagles (9-4) (5-4) -
Give credit to Jeff Jagodzinski as he helped turn this team back into contenders even though they lost Matt Ryan.  The Eagles lost yet again in the ACC championship game to Virginia Tech, but exceeded expectations in the jumbled up ACC.
Bowl Game: Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl vs. Vanderbilt - Dec. 31
Category: NCAAF

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2008 11:14 pm

Final Regular Season Poll

You make a point, defense does win championships, it has been proven.  I'm not saying that USC or Penn State are worse teams than Utah or Boise State, but in the end, you have to look at who deserves it more.  USC and Penn State both slipped up once this year (USC against Oregon State, 27 points given up, which is a season high, I will give you that and Penn State allowing Iowa to go 7-for-7 on 3rd down late in the game, Stanzi throwing all over the place, slip up there also).  Utah has a respectable defense, Coffee may be able to run on them, but Wilson will not be able to throw on them.  The Utah defense picked off Hall 5 times (yes, they gave up 200 yards on the ground).  They are a play making defense and I'm sure it will be interesting to see what they can do against Alabama.  To answer your question, I can't say that I've been able to watch a fair amount of games from each conference.  Pac Ten, I admit, I hardly got to watch here because the only football that was ever on was either Big Ten, Big XII, or SEC (sometimes ACC).  The MAC was on during the weeknights, also getting those Thursday and Friday night games (though I didn't have time to just sit and watch each one).  I hardly got to watch Big East games (though they are dandies when I get to) and the Pac Ten is hardly shown here (USC vs. Ohio State ---> defensive dominance by USC).  By rating USC and Penn State lower than you want, I'm not saying that they are bad teams, they are really good teams (why I think the Rose Bowl will be a great game).  I'm just looking at a standpoint in which I'm thinking that Boise State and Utah definitely deserve a shot to prove themselves.  They were able to beat quality opponents, and while Utah gets a chance, Boise State does not.  Which is why I support the playoff..but that's a different story.

Anyway..a little messy, but hopefully you get the gist...

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2008 9:07 pm

PoppyCock... Rating Utah and Boise State Top 4?

What's the matter with this??

First look at the strength of Conference Competition- Traveling on the Road to face "ranked" teams or at least teams that might be in the TOP 30 or So...

Second, look at the Talent of the team Offense and Defense... Your scenario of #3 and Boise State #4 as ahead of say Alabama at #5 is just crazy....

Third, have you heard of a GREAT Defense stopping a Great Offense... happens all the time... Both USC and PSU are so low in this ranking that it begs the question.. HOW MANY GAMES DO YOU WATCH EACH YEAR AND FROM WHAT CONFERENCE(S)??

Allow me to pro-offer the following:

1. Florida- Best Balanced team in CFB-Offense and Defense!!

2. USC- Best Defense in 46 Years in CFB- Team scores 38 Pts a game too!!!

3. Texas- Recount? Better Team than Oklahoma...

4. Oklahoma- Love Offense... but Defense not so Much!!

5.PSU- Good Balance and will test USC in ROSE- the SECOND Best Bowl!!

6. Alabama- Questions at OFFENSE if facing a good Defense... but Utah will not have that!!!

7.The OSU- Defense is Very Good, but Offense needs aerial attack to be TOP FIVE!!

8. Texas Tech- Cannot Stop a Great Offense- Facing a GREAT Defense they are NOT TOP Five!!

9. UTAH- Best of Non BCS Teams- but not yet ready for Prime Time!!

10. Oregon- When Healthy they can SCORE with anyone.. Defense needs improvement to be TOP Five.... 

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2008 10:34 am

Final Regular Season Poll

I don't really agree with your top 25. I think Oklahoma should be #1 and Florida #2, for starters. I also don't think Utah or Boise State should be that high. Utah, maybe in the top 5 but Boise State should be 8th or 9th, not 4th. I think having Texas at 6th is way too low, they should be 3rd or 4th atleast. Same with Alabama, they should be 3rd or 4th with Texas, moving Boise State and Utah to atleast 5th. I also don't agree with Ole Miss being 18th, they had a pretty good year but there probably only stronger then 1 or 2 of the teams from 19-25.

Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2008 2:52 am

Final Regular Season Poll

I'm glad to see someone putting both undefeated Utah and Boise State towards the top of your rankings. There is no way to know how they would match up with the bigger teams/schools with out having some form of Championship Playoff, but they deserve a shot. If there is 34? bowl games a season a group of bowls rotating the big games annually could host a Four or eight team playoff which would only add two to three games to a teams schedule and would fit in the break from the end of the regular season to the BCS bowl games schedule.

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