Jameis Winston

The final AP Poll of the regular season doesn’t really surprise anyone – Florida State and Auburn are the only team with first place votes, and all likely will be the programs that head into the national championship game. The rest of the top 25 simply signifies the chances of other schools to make it to the other BCS bowls, unless some conference affiliation has already taken care of that.

Michigan State, for example, rise four places thanks to their win over Ohio State, will go to the Rose Bowl, where they will face Stanford, who rose a couple of places after dominating against Arizona State. Alabama will find themselves in a BCS Bowl, probably the Sugar Bowl, where they are most likely to face Oklahoma, rising to #11 after winning in Bedlam. Baylor, beating Texas to win the Big 12 for the first time ever, will go to the Fiesta Bowl, where they will most likely play against UCF, finishing in the top 16.

 
1
Florida State (56)
ACC
Record: 13-0
PV Rank

1

Points

1,496

2
Auburn (4)
SEC
Record: 12-1
3
1,444
3
Alabama
SEC
Record: 11-1
4
1,376
4
Michigan State
Big Ten
Record: 12-1
10
1,278
5
Stanford
Pac-12
Record: 11-2
7
1,217
6
Baylor
Big 12
Record: 11-1
9
1,185
7
Ohio State
Big Ten
Record: 12-1
2
1,130
8
South Carolina
SEC
Record: 10-2
8
1,099
9
Missouri
SEC
Record: 11-2
5
1,066
10
Oregon
Pac-12
Record: 10-2
12
880
11
Oklahoma
Big 12
Record: 10-2
18
878
12
Clemson
ACC
Record: 10-2
13
848
13
Oklahoma State
Big 12
Record: 10-2
6
797
14
LSU
SEC
Record: 9-3
14
726
15
UCF
The American
Record: 11-1
15
629
16
Arizona State
Pac-12
Record: 10-3
11
614
17
UCLA
Pac-12
Record: 9-3
17
544
18
Louisville
The American
Record: 11-1
19
525
19
Wisconsin
Big Ten
Record: 9-3
21
383
20
Texas A&M
SEC
Record: 8-4
22
282
21
Fresno State
Mountain West
Record: 11-1
24
227
22
Duke
ACC
Record: 10-3
20
201
23
Georgia
SEC
Record: 8-4
25
196
24
Northern Illinois
Mid-American
Record: 12-1
16
144
25
Notre Dame
Division I FBS Independents
Record: 8-4
28
76

How about Ohio State? It’s hard to believe they won’t get the at-large bid to the Orange Bowl where they’ll play Clemson. However, Oregon still have a shot of getting invited, but it’s safe to assume organizers will prefer the fan base and money that the travelling Buckeye fans bring with them, no matter where it’ll be.

It’s interesting to see Missouri finish behind South Carolina – both teams have the same number of losses (two), but the Tigers did lose to the Gamecocks in overtime, and voters remember the more recent losses, like Missouri eventually not having enough to beat Auburn in the SEC title game.

Duke didn’t take too much of a hit after losing to Florida State in a game that wasn’t remotely close from the second quarter, with the Blue Devils being able to get on the board for the first time only in the fourth quarter. orthern Illinois were also something of a hope for small schools, but their loss in the MAC championship game ended the BCS busting for this year. One can say Central Florida fill that role, but they’re still from a conference that used to be important and actually good.

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