Auburn is the BCS Champion and reluctantly they sit atop the final BlogPoll submission for the year. Without a playoff, the college football fans missed out on the opportunity to see if Auburn could earn the right of a national title by winning three games over the course of a month. TCU's performance in the Rose Bowl was impressive enough for many voters to consider them for No. 1. Instead of a playoff, the season ends with TCU also undefeated, deprived of the chance to win a national title on the field.
What would you do with the Tigers and Horned Frogs? How about the landing spot for the Broncos? Read after the jump for the BlogPoll draft, and share your thoughts on how you think it should look.
After considering TCU for No. 1, Auburn received the top spot due to their superior resume, even with some of the close calls early in the season. TCU, for me, is a clear No. 2 and was No. 1 when I drafted the, "if Oregon wins" version of the poll during halftime of last night's game. If the Auburn season ends up being vacated, it will be an interesting argument of whether TCU or Oregon can lay claim to the crown.
Head-to-head vs. Resume
All season long I rewarded teams for head to head wins against teams with similar records. With the final poll, I leaned more toward the overall resume. The end result had Boise State ranked six spots higher than Nevada, and Stanford a couple notches ahead of Oregon. The Broncos and Cardinal were rewarded for a better overall resume and given a little grace for playing a poor half of football on the road.
This time the final poll reflects a greater weighting to my ranking formula with a little movement up or down based on the team's bowl performance. This created quite a bit of movement since the regular season poll.
- Boise State - Nevada's head-to-head result was pulling the Broncos down. Boise State's 12 wins came against teams with a combined 66 FBS wins of their own. That is only eclipsed by Auburn (82), Oklahoma (77), and TCU (69)
- Stanford - The Cardinal had a dominant bowl performance, and if not for a bad half at Autzen (and game turning helmet-to-helmet hit), Andrew Luck and Co. would have been playing last night.
- Alabama - Left for dead, the Crimson Tide played like the preseason No. 1 team in their bowl game.
- Notre Dame - Hey look, it's the Irish. Notre Dame was a sneaky 8-5 and played much better as the season came to an end.
Oregon - The Duck's explosive offense has disappeared in the last two bowl games. Throw in their 2009 opener, and you have to wonder how much of the offense is gimmick and easy to stop with preparation. (2010 New Mexico opener doesn't count.)
Oregon's twelve victories were against opponents with only 56 wins. The Ducks were a missed 29 yard field goal by Cal's Giorgio Tavecchio from missing the BCS Championship game.
- B1G TEN (12) - The league of leaders and legends had a woeful bowl season, including new conference brother, Nebraska, falling to Jake Locker and Washington.
- Idaho - Last year at this time, the Vandals thought that Robb Akey was leading them to the promised land. Instead, they end the year at 6-7 and No. 85 in my poll. Their six wins were against teams that had twelve combined wins of their own.
How would your final poll of the season look? Should head-to-head results be the primary consideration in late season polls? Where would you rank Oregon? Weigh in with your comments before the final poll is submitted.