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:
|1||Florida State (13-0)||75||1|
|3||Michigan State (12-1)||67||7|
|7||Ohio State (12-1)||58||2|
|9||South Carolina (10-2)||49||11|
|13||Oklahoma State (10-2)||39||5|
|17||Fresno State (11-1)||25||23|
|18||Arizona State (10-3)||23||10|
|22||Bowling Green (10-3)||14||NR|
|23||Northern Illinois (12-1)||13||13|
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…
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.