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Alabama, LSU, Okla State top my AP ballot

Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:24 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 11:25 pm
 
NEW ORLEANS – Based on Alabama’s dominating performance in Monday night’s BCS title game, the Crimson Tide are ranked No. 1 on my final Associated Press ballot.

Alabama (12-1) was ranked No. 3 on my final regular season ballot, but the Tide were impressive enough to leap LSU and Oklahoma State. LSU (13-1) may have had the most impressive regular season in college football history, but I only ranked the Tigers No. 2

Despite Oklahoma State’s victory against Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl, I dropped the Cowboys from No. 2 to No. 3. Their victory wasn’t dominating enough for me to keep Oklahoma State (12-1) in my top two.

Here is my final AP ballot for 2011. Last week’s rankings in parenthesis.
 
1. Alabama (3)
The Crimson Tide finished 12-1, defeating LSU in the BCS title game.

2. LSU (1)
The Tigers finished 13-1, losing to Alabama in the BCS title game.

3. Oklahoma State (2)
The Cowboys finished 12-1, defeating Stanford 41-38 in overtime in the Fiesta Bowl.

4. Oregon (4)
The Ducks finished 12-2, defeating Wisconsin 45-38 in the Rose Bowl.

5. Boise State (6)
The Broncos finished 12-1, defeating Arizona State 56-24 in Las Vegas Bowl.

6. Arkansas (8)
The Razorbacks finished 11-2, defeating Kansas State 29-16 in the Cotton Bowl.

7. USC (9)
The Trojans finished 10-2 and were not eligible for a bowl game.

8. Stanford (5)
The Cardinal finished 11-2, losing to Oklahoma State 41-38 in overtime in the Fiesta Bowl.

9. South Carolina (10)
The Gamecocks finished 11-2, defeating Nebraska 30-13 in the Capital One Bowl.

10. Wisconsin (7)
The Badgers finished 11-3, losing to Oregon 45-38 in the Rose Bowl.

11. Michigan (12)
The Wolverines finished 11-2, defeating Virginia Tech 23-20 in overtime in the Sugar Bowl.

12. Michigan State (15)
The Spartans finished 11-3, defeating Georgia 33-30 in triple overtime in the Outback Bowl.

13. Baylor (13)
The Bears finished 10-3, defeating Washington 67-56 in the Alamo Bowl.

14. TCU (17)
The Horned Frogs finished 11-2, defeating Louisiana Tech 31-24 in the Poinsettia Bowl.

15. Georgia (16)
The Bulldogs finished 10-4, losing to Michigan State 33-30 in triple overtime in the Outback Bowl.

16. Oklahoma (20)
The Sooners finished 10-3, defeating Iowa 31-14 in the Insight Bowl.

17. Kansas State (11)
The Wildcats finished 10-3, losing to Arkansas 29-16 in the Cotton Bowl.

18. West Virginia (24)
The Mountaineers finished 10-3, defeating Clemson 70-33 in the Orange Bowl.

19. Florida State (19)
The Seminoles finished 9-4, defeating Notre Dame 18-14 in the Champs Sports Bowl.

20. Southern Miss (21)
The Golden Eagles finished 12-2, defeating Nevada 24-17 in the Hawaii Bowl.

21. Houston (22)
The Cougars finished 12-1, defeating Penn State 30-14 in the Ticket City Bowl.

22. Nebraska (18)
The Cornhuskers finished 9-4, losing to South Carolina 30-13 in the Capital One Bowl.

23. Clemson (14)
The Tigers finished 10-4, losing to West Virginia 70-33 in the Orange Bowl.

24. Virginia Tech (23)
The Hokes finished 11-3, losing to Michigan 23-20 in overtime in the Sugar Bowl.

25. Cincinnati (NR)
The Bearcats finished 10-3, defeating Vanderbilt 31-24 in the Liberty Bowl.



Comments

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:31 am
 

Alabama, LSU, Okla State top my AP ballot

@mchris0419


Thank you for the refreshing comments. It is nice to see that someone, even an LSU and (I'm ssuming) an SEC fan not just tote the company line. You are correct in the fact that there are ALOT of college programs with better offensive ability than LSU. I can't say that OSU is a better team than LSU because they didn't play, but all these fans saying OSU couldn't hold Alabama or LSU's jock is speaking out of their ass! I was hoping you guys could win this game, but again you are correct in your analysis with Jefferson. He was absolutely awful and if Miles could have gotten over his man crush with him....maybe there would have been a chance.



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:30 am
 

Alabama, LSU, Okla State top my AP ballot

"...With one of those four missed field goals on Nov 5th, Alabama would be remembered as one of the greatest teams of all time."
Well they would be remembered for a while as that undefeated team in whatever year that was.   And if the OSU field goal attempt at the end of regulation in Ames, Iowa had gone inside the upright instead of over the top of the upright, OSU would have been undefeated also.  Instead, I'll always remember 2011-12 as one more argument for a playoff.   But congratulations on your BCS championship anyway.




Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:28 am
 

Alabama, LSU, Okla State top my AP ballot

Didn't Arkansas have their ass handed to them by Alabama this year? 



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:24 am
 

Alabama, LSU, Okla State top my AP ballot

Said by HornsNbr1:

I wouldn't vote for either one of these lame teams. Heck, even Arkansas has a better offense than either of them.

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You just don't get it do you? OFFENSE DOESN"T MATTER IF YOU PUT UP A SHUTOUT. I was hoping for 3-0.

BTW, how are those horns anyway?



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:22 am
 

Alabama, LSU, Okla State top my AP ballot

Scratch that.  2 played in, 2 won prior to today.  1 with Nick Saban's players.  1 BCS bowl without Nick Saban's help in how many years???

Exactly.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:20 am
 

Alabama, LSU, Okla State top my AP ballot

Wrong Rangerman.  LSU is not a better offensive team than half of the country with Jordan Jefferson at quarterback.  Looks at his stats against any half decent defense and you know he just isn't a good (or even half decent) quarterback.  When your defense holds a team as good as 'Bama to 21 points one would expect you could win.  Instead, you run half of your plays behind the line of scrimmage and lose 21-0.

If LSU would've put in Lee, or if Lee was out because of academic issues Mettenberger when it was clear Jefferson had no clue, the result could've been very different.  As an LSU fan, I can say that Les got what he deserved for the last years of lunacy.  They talking about the first revocation of coach of the year ever yet?  JEFFERSON FOR HEISMAN!!!!!!!

Grats on the win 'Bama fans.  As an LSU fan, there is no pain in this loss.  Les finally died by his love affair with Jordan Jefferson.  Hopefully he learns from his mistakes.  I doubt it, but hopefully so.  Ok, so maybe we'd be better off firing him...

Trivia:  How many BCS bowls has Les miles both played in and won?  How many of those bowls had players coached by nick saban?  Answer?  2 played in, 1 won.  Sugar bowl against Notre Dame.  How many years has he coached here? 



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:17 am
 

Alabama, LSU, Okla State top my AP ballot

The last comment was a reply to CrimsonDevils!



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:16 am
 

Alabama, LSU, Okla State top my AP ballot

I can't put either of those two teams in the top spot with the awful boring football game.  The media should never have forced this awful rematch on the people.  Maybe in the future they won't lock an SEC team in the national championship game after the 2nd week of the season and maybe they won't have them play a home game for the national championship.  Who am I kidding of course they will force it on us again.



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:16 am
 

Alabama, LSU, Okla State top my AP ballot

Nice call HOMER! Don't think anyone values your "opinion" considering you just pointed out your bias in this discussion!

You said, "Ok. St. would have scored, but they still would have still lost" and since you have the ability to see an outcome, and are omniscient....why have you not done something good with your incredible talents. I'm sure you could save some lives, or make millions in investment.... oh wait thats because you have NO idea whats going to happen. So next time keep your biased mouth shut!



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:16 am
 

Alabama, LSU, Okla State top my AP ballot

Rave on, brotha! Can you say DOMINATING?


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