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1. Florida, 12-1
Alabama was number one in my poll, and Florida beat them in the SEC Championship Game and looked good doing it. Florida has been on a tear after the loss to Ole Miss. Tim Tebow has become a great leader, and he has lead this team to where it is now.
2. Oklahoma, 12-1
There is no easy way to do this. Oklahoma beat the number two team in my poll, Texas Tech, therefore, I will put them at number 2. That being said, arguments can be made for both Texas and Oklahoma. Texas, we know, beat Oklahoma on a neutral field the first weekend of October and only loss to Tech on the road on a TD pass with one second left on the clock. Oklahoma destroyed Texas Tech, and, I might add, is not the same team it was in October. They are running the ball better, and they have fixed some of their defensive holes.
3. Texas, 11-1
4. Alabama, 12-1
The Tide is a bruising team. They will absolutely knock you silly on both sides of the ball. They only had one slip this year. Unfortunately, it was in their last game against Florida. I really would love to see them play one of those great Big 12 South games. Oh well, they play Utah in the Sugar Bowl.
5. USC, 11-1
No one will know for sure how good USC is. It was a bad Thursday night in Corvallis earlier this year, and if Oregon State had not have been so beat up by the end of the season, USC would have had somewhere other than the Rose Bowl to go play.
6. Utah, 12-0
The Utes are not a flashy team. They play good defense, and they are led on offense by a senior QB. They make just enough plays on offense to win their games. They run a spread offense, but it is a grind-it-out kind of blue collar offense. They took care everyone, and then they rallied to knock off TCU before pulling away from BYU to get to that undefeated season. They deserve what they get.
7. Texas Tech, 11-1
This is, undoubtedly, the best season in Red Raider history. Mike Leach showed me something as he worked to improve his running game and his defense to get his team to this special place. In most years, 11-1 would be good enough for a BCS Bowl. A blowout loss to Oklahoma did not help their case.
8. Penn State, 11-1
Joe Pa may have turned his best performance this year. He just keeps winning games. His offense was off- the-chart good this year, and his defense was its usual good self. One loss to an improving Iowa team in Iowa City took them out of the national title hunt.
9. TCU, 10-2
I just wasn’t sure if the Frogs were a top ten team. However, after the season was over, I realized they were just a better offense away from being BCS buster material. The Frog offense was good against most teams, but when they played teams with good defenses (Oklahoma, Utah), they just couldn’t generate enough points. TCU finished number 2 in the country in total defense, and if you don’t think they were good, give Bob Stoops a call. The Sooners scored over 700 points this year, but they only scored 35 on the Frogs with 21 of those coming in the first quarter. That is 19 points below the Sooners’ average. TCU is good.
10. Boise State, 12-0
Unfortunately, the Broncos only played one team who was ranked this year making it hard to know how good they really are. It’s not their fault, but it hurts their credibility. They get a chance to prove it in the Poinsettia Bowl against TCU. Many are calling it one of the best match-ups in the bowl season. Nevetheless, it is really hard to go undefeated in 12 games in spit of who is on your schedule.