Keep in mind these rankings are based upon not only how good these teams are right now but what they accomplished as a whole for the season up to this point.
1. USC (11-0)…The
Trojans are two games away from history and leaving a unique legacy on the
tradition rich sport of college football.
And both of those games are in their own backyard.
Longhorns will make their first appearance in the Big 12 title game in four
years, and they will be heavy favorites against
3. LSU (10-1)…Unexpectedly
struggled at home against a young Arkansas squad
with the SEC East Division title on the line, but still got the job done.
play the may have salvaged another BCS mess was the Wolverines' extra second
touchdown way back in mid-October, otherwise the Nittany Lions would be
5. Ohio State (9-2)…Likely
headed for the Fiesta Bowl opposite the Fighting Irish barring an unforeseen
loss by the Trojans or Longhorns, but this team could've done even better.
6. Virginia Tech (10-1)…The
Hokies were considered not ready for primetime players when they joined the ACC
two years ago, now they're working on their second straight ACC title.
7. Auburn (9-2)…This
young team got better and better as the season wore on and the Tigers will be a
factor in the 2006 national title chase.
Ducks, despite their traveling fan base, are likely to get snubbed by the BCS
but settling for San
Holiday Bowl isn't a bad consolation prize.
9. Notre Dame (9-2)…Charlie
Weiss more than paid for himself in year one by delivering the Irish a $14
million payday courtesy of the BCS come Sunday when they're selected by the
Hurricanes had a national championship caliber defense this season, but their
offense was just too young to take advantage of it.
win on the road against an in-state rival last week, sandwiched in between two
important conference games. Will
the home field advantage in Atlanta be
enough to win the SEC title?
this is justice: the coach that left them in the lurch is left home for the
holidays for the second time in three years, but the Tide will play on January
2nd in Dallas.
UCLA (9-1)…In an
odd scheduling quirk the Bruins have had three weeks to prepare for the men of
Troy. And even though they'll score some
points it won't be enough to improve their defense.
reloading Sooners left an opening in the Big 12 South and give the Red Raiders
credit for taking advantage of it to land a January bowl bid.
the surprise team of the season, the Mountaineers are already locked into the
BCS but could still finish with a 10-win season after starting the year
club won their first outright conference title in six decades and will be the
Cyclones' opponent on New Year's Eve in the Houston Bowl.
solid season for the Eagles, who are headed to either
Boise for a
bowl game. And I'm guessing which
destination they would prefer.
(8-3)…Urban Meyer didn't go undefeated and turn Chris Leak into a Heisman contender in year
one, but he did beat the Volunteers, Bulldogs, and Seminoles.
of folks, myself included, had the Badgers on upset alert at
Hawaii. Given Barry Alvarez's history, we
should've known better. See you in
ticketed for the Gator Bowl, their first January bowl since 1991, the Cardinals
will struggle without the services of injured Brian Brohm at
two big wins to conclude the season and is likely headed to
face South Florida in
the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
looking more and more like the Outback Bowl for the Wolverines, which – along
with Florida State's struggles – would give them the longest continuous streak
of January bowls.
(8-3)…Nevada is an
underrated team, and they caught the Bulldogs napping after their impressive
showing at USC. A win this week
would still mean the WAC crown, though.
young team that improved as the season wore after looking like they would
struggle to make a bowl game midway through the autumn.
Georgia Tech (7-4)…Posting
seven wins against the schedule the Yellowjackets played is nothing to be
ashamed of, and that's why Chan Gailey got a contract extension.
Nebraska (7-4), #27 Iowa State (7-4), #28 Iowa (7-4), #29 Nevada (8-3), #30
South Carolina (7-4).
disappointing as that loss to Kansas was,
this was still a successful season overall for the Cyclones. They beat a top 10 team for the first
time in the Dan McCarney era, won at Texas A&M for the first time ever, and
beat Colorado at
home for the first time in 22 years.
Oh, and did I mention they're headed to their fifth bowl game in six
years from now this is the season that McCarney will look back on as the one
that got away. Let's face it, ISU
could conceivably made the argument this season that they could've run the
table, and only has themselves to blame for not making a pretty good season one
for the ages.
was too conservative on the last drive of regulation against the Jayhawks, and
that's all I got to say about that.
amount of money, prestige, and notoriety the Cyclones lost by losing to
Reggie Bush is going to win the Heisman Trophy.