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2013 Week 15 NCAA Football Top 25: The Tailgater Poll

The Spartans ended Ohio State's 24-game winning streak, sending Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes to Miami instead of Pasadena. [Andy Lyons/Getty Images]

The Spartans ended Ohio State’s 24-game winning streak, sending Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes to Miami instead of Pasadena. [Mike Mulholland/MLive.com]

The BCS showdowns are set, the rest of the bowl games have fallen into place, and it is time for the Tailgater crew to set down their final ballots of the 2013 regular season. The final weekend offered one last chance for teams to boost their profiles or to tumble from their perches. And as the BCS era came to a close with the final rankings, plenty of teams took advantage of the ladders while others were tripped up by the chutes in the game board of college football.

There is consensus on the two teams at the top of the poll. Only one of them was in that position at the beginning of the weekend. Below the ACC and SEC champions there was plenty of chaos just to send off the BCS era right.

Just like the 13 selectors of the College Football Playoff will be forced to do next year, the three Tailgaters were faced with several questions. How do you weigh record versus championships? How do you weigh strength of schedule in that equation as well? Do head-to-head results trump these other factors?

Before we go any further, here’s how our ballots combined to form the final 2013 regular season poll before the bowl season begins:

 

RANK TEAM PTS LAST WK
1 Florida State (13-0) 75 1
2 Auburn (12-1) 72 3
3 Michigan State (12-1) 67 7
4 Alabama (11-1) 66 4
5 Baylor (11-1) 63 8
6 Stanford (11-2) 61 9
7 Ohio State (12-1) 58 2
8 Missouri (11-2) 50 5
9 South Carolina (10-2) 49 11
10 Oregon (10-2) 47 12
11 UCF (11-1) 41 14
11 Clemson (10-2) 41 16
13 Oklahoma State (10-2) 39 5
14 Oklahoma (10-2) 38 20
15 Louisville (11-1) 30 18
16 LSU (9-3) 26 19
17 Fresno State (11-1) 25 23
18 Arizona State (10-3) 23 10
19 Duke (10-3) 22 15
20 UCLA (9-3) 20 17
21 Wisconsin (9-3) 16 22
22 Bowling Green (10-3) 14 NR
23 Northern Illinois (12-1) 13 13
24 Georgia (8-4) 10 24
25 Rice (10-3) 6 NR

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES: Cincinnati (2)

 

For the second time in four seasons, the stars have aligned for Auburn to ride the arm and legs of a juco-transfer quarterback all the way to the BCS Championship Game. This week the Tigers didn’t need any miracles to dispense of Missouri in the SEC Championship; instead their luck hinged on an upset in Indianapolis or Charlotte.

Michigan State didn’t disappoint, knocking off #2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship to ensure the SEC champion would play in the BCS Championship for the eighth straight season. Coupled with Northern Illinois’ upset the night before against Bowling Green in Detroit, the BCS was thrown for a loop. Were there a playoff this season, the battle for the third and fourth spots would be fierce, with no fewer than four teams having a case at one of those two spots.

That said, you’ve probably got a different opinion than us. With the spirit of contention in mind, you will find our individual ballots below. Leave your personal picks, acrimonious invective, base insults, insulting suggestions, or belligerent rants down  in the comments below. You’re also always welcome to hit up any of us on Twitter to offer a piece of your mind…

 

ZACH BIGALKE
@zbigalke

MATT STROBL
@mmstrobl

JOHN MITCHELL
@jlmitchell93

  1. Florida State
  2. Auburn
  3. Michigan State
  4. Stanford
  5. Baylor
  6. Alabama
  7. Ohio State
  8. UCF
  9. Fresno State
  10. Oregon
  11. Missouri
  12. South Carolina
  13. Clemson
  14. Louisville
  15. Oklahoma
  16. Oklahoma State
  17. Bowling Green
  18. Northern Illinois
  19. Arizona State
  20. LSU
  21. Rice
  22. Duke
  23. Wisconsin
  24. UCLA
  25. Cincinnati
  1. Florida State
  2. Auburn
  3. Alabama
  4. Michigan State
  5. Baylor
  6. Ohio State
  7. Stanford
  8. Missouri
  9. South Carolina
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. Oregon
  12. Clemson
  13. Oklahoma
  14. Duke
  15. UCF
  16. UCLA
  17. LSU
  18. Louisville
  19. Arizona State
  20. Wisconsin
  21. Georgia
  22. Fresno State
  23. Northern Illinois
  24. Bowling Green
  25. Rice
  1. Florida State
  2. Auburn
  3. Alabama
  4. Michigan State
  5. Baylor
  6. Stanford
  7. Ohio State
  8. South Carolina
  9. Missouri
  10. Oregon
  11. Clemson
  12. Oklahoma
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. UCF
  15. LSU
  16. Louisville
  17. Arizona State
  18. UCLA
  19. Wisconsin
  20. Duke
  21. Georgia
  22. Fresno State
  23. Bowling Green
  24. Northern Illinois
  25. Cincinnati
Zach Bigalke

About the Author: Zach Bigalke

Zach is a historian and author who has been covering sports near and far for various publications since 2006. Formerly the managing editor of Informative Sports and Global Turnstile, he has also been featured at Helium, FanSided, the Portland State Vanguard and other online publications and is the author of three books, including "Dispatches from Vancouver: A Non-Traditional Sports Fan in America's View of the XXI Winter Olympiad". He currently lives in Eugene, Oregon. Follow him at Twitter @zbigalke; for more info on his books, visit Amazon.

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