Well, this is pretty much what you would expect. Florida St. is a well-deserved #1, and Ohio St. #2 because they are undefeated. Myself, I find it hard to rank Auburn above Alabama, since I think Alabama is still the better team. Yes, Auburn beat them at Auburn on a rare and arguably fluky play. I also credit Nick Saban with some head-scratching coaching decisions that led to the defeat, but to be fair Auburn made a couple as well that just didn't hurt them as badly.
This is no disrespect to Auburn, I am not passionately opposed to ranking them above Alabama, but I reject the thinking that a single game not on a neutral field makes one team automatically better than the other, especially one as closely contested as this year's Iron Bowl. But the voters can be forgiven for taking this view, as it is the main way of thinking about ranking football teams. Mistaken, in my view, but forgivable.
The league championship games will have a lot to say about who plays for the BCS title. It is theoretically possible if Auburn loses to Mizzou and Ohio St. loses to Michigan St., then the Tide will probably back into the game, and that is a definite possibility. FSU losing to Duke in the ACC championship could provide another path, but I think that is very much less likely than the other two.
The big question is what happens if we have the Apocalypse: FSU, OSU, and Auburn all losing. That would seem to be a path for Alabama and (gasp!) Missouri to play for the BCS title.
Wild stuff. Talk about it.
|1||Florida State (58)||12-0||1,498||2|
|Others Receiving Votes: Cincinnati 45, USC 28, Miami (FL) 26, Notre Dame 26, Iowa 23, Vanderbilt 16, Washington 6, Minnesota 2, North Dakota State 1|