Well after an interesting weekend the regular season has concluded. Some of the bowl matchups are lackluster, but some seem to be great. All the extra awards are at the end of the poll. Thanks for the support throughout the year, and keep the Best Damn Poll in the Land going strong into next year and years after.
1. Florida- LW 3- The Fighting Reptiles played a very good Alabama team, and came out on top in large part due to Tim Tebow. Even without Harvin the offense is loaded with weapons and their defense will surely be tested against a potent Oklahoma offense.
2. Oklahoma- LW 2- The Sooners continue to put up a ridiculous number of points. Sam Bradford is very good, and their defense played well on Saturday night holding a solid Missouri offense to just 21 points. Maybe they didn’t need the last TD to get over 60…
3. Texas- LW 4- The Longhorns will have a reason to dispute the results of the BCS NC Game if they handle the Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl. Colt McCoy will lead a solid offense, and Brian Orakpo (Defensive player of the year) will lead an underrated defense against the Buckeyes.
4. Alabama- LW 1- The Tide put up a good fight against the Gators. Their defense is really good, and should be able to slow down the spread attack of Utah. They should be able to handle Utah on both lines as well, and win the Sugar Bowl.
5. University of Southern California- LW 5- The Trojans have the best defense in the country, and their offense has the potential to be really good. They will get their shot against a Penn State team that they better not overlook.
6. Pennsylvania State University- LW 6- The Lions have been done with their season for a while, and are now gearing up for the Granddaddy of them all. Their defense is really good and Darryl Clark leads a better than expected offense.
7. Utah- LW 7- The Utes finished their undefeated season what seems like a month ago… They have a spread offense but will have trouble with Alabama’s impressive lines, and will have the role of David in the Sugar Bowl.
8. Texas Tech- LW 8- The Red Raiders have an impressive offense, and are matched up with the Rebels in the Cotton Bowl.
9. Boise State- LW 9- The Broncos were left out of the BCS equation this year, but get a good matchup with the Horned Frogs of TCU. The defense of TCU will cause a major problem for the Bronco offense. Congrats on their 3rd undefeated season in 5 years.
10. Ohio State- LW 10- The Bucks got picked to play against a very solid Texas team in the Fiesta Bowl. The Buckeyes have made themselves at home in Arizona and have won 3 Fiesta bowls since 2002. Can they matchup with the Longhorns, or did the BCS make a mistake?
11. Cincinnati- LW 11- The Bearcats had a bit of a scare against the mighty Hawaii Warriors. Could it be because of a lack of focus, celebrating their BCS bid, the long travel, or are the Bearcats just not that good? Brian Kelly is the real deal, and if he stays in Cincy they will make real waves in the Big East for years to come.
12. Oregon- LW 12- The Ducks can score it with the best of them, and they will get their chance in the always explosive Holiday bowl. Although they have a rotating QB situation (and have throughout the season) they can rush the ball as good as any team in the country.
13. Georgia Tech- LW 14- The option attack can work in a BCS conference and Paul Johnson is one of the better coaches in the country. They may end up passing the ball more often when they get better recruits in to make the option even more potent.
14. Texas Christian LW 15- The Horned Frogs finish their season 10-2 and have a matchup with undefeated Boise State. Their defense is aggressive and is one of the better ones in the country.
15. Oklahoma State- LW 16- Although the Pokes had a big loss to Oklahoma they are still a top 15 team in the country. Their offense is explosive, and their defense is probably better than most think.
16. Virginia Tech- LW UR- The Hokes have a good defense and just enough improve from Tyrod Taylor to win them another ACC championship. They get rewarded with an Orange Bowl berth and a possibly the ACC’s 2nd BCS win.
17. Michigan State- LW 17- The Fighting Dantonio’s get a talented UGA team who might be healthier during the bowl game then they were for most of the season. The MSU defense will be tested against the big play ability of Stafford, Greene, Moreno, and Massaqoui.
18. Ball State- LW 12- The Cardinals slipped up against Buffalo. They imploded with turnovers. The Cardinals finish the season with 12 wins, and they get a date against an explosive Tulsa team in a bowl game (much better than San Jose St).
19. Brigham Young University- LW 18- BYU is led by Max Hall and they got a terrible bowl bid and opponent. Their loss against TCU turned a lot of people off to this team.
20. Georgia- LW 20- The Dawgs are a very talented team, and have a chance to win the Capital One Bowl against a game Michigan State team. They are more talented than MSU, but that doesn’t always result in a victory.
21. Pittsburgh- LW 25- Shady McCoy is one of the better RB’s in the country. If he does in fact stay and their QB play improves the Fighting stache and company could make a run at a BCS game.
22. Missouri- LW 21- Missouri got handled by the Sooners, but their offense is good enough to beat most of the teams ranked below them.
23. Ole Miss- The Rebels have improved this year under Houston Nutt, and with Jevon Snead playing great at the QB position they have a shot at competing with Alabama in the SEC west in the near future.
24. Northwestern- LW 22- Northwestern won 9 games this year, and had a great year under Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is so excited about the game, that sometimes you think he is going to put pads on and go play LB himself…
25. Iowa- LW 24- Shonn Greene leads the offense, and they have a serviceable QB. Their defense has improved, and they have a shot in the Outback Bowl.
Dropped out: None
On the cusp: WVU, Cal, UNC, and several others
Coach of the year: Paul Johnson, GT. In his first year he implemented his own style of offense, and used the players already there to make them a very good team and beat their rival Georgia to end with 9 wins. This guy can flat out coach. Nick Saban just missed out on the award.
Player of the Week: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida- Tim Tebow put the Gators on his back and did it all for the Gators against the tough defense of the Tide. Was it enough to put him at the head of the Heisman list?
1. Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
2. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
3. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
4. Graham Harrell, QB, TTU