1. Florida (13-1)...Here's a sentence I never thought I would type: Jim Walden was right.
2. Ohio State (12-1)...Going wire-to-wire as #1 is tough, which is why only a handful of modern teams have done it.
8. Michigan (11-2)...Third straight year without beating the Buckeyes or a bowl win makes this season a hollow rebound for Wolverines.
9. Auburn (11-2)...Was one more game-breaker on offense away from competing for a national championship.
11. Oklahoma (11-3)...The Fiesta Bowl loss shouldn't at all diminish the fact the Sooners overcame adversity to win the Big 12 title.
13. Brigham Young (11-2)...I still think the Cougars, not Boise State, were the best team from a non-BCS conference this season.
14. Wake Forest (11-3)...Was this the best football season ever for the Demon Deacons?
16. Georgia (9-4)...Young team that finished with three straight quality wins over top programs to serve notice for '07.
17. Virginia Tech (10-3)...Racked up a lot of wins thanks to the Hokies' typical stellar defense.
18. California (10-3)...Despite the solid rebuilding job by Jeff Tedford, the Rose Bowl continues to elude the Bears.
19. Arkansas (10-4)...Three straight losses to to end the season shouldn't diminish what was a solid showing for the Razorbacks.
20. Notre Dame (10-3)...Played three teams of significance this season, and was beaten like a red-headed stepchild by each one.
21. Boston College (10-3)...Will this solid and underrated program slip without Tom O'Brien?
23. Penn State (9-4)...Joe Paterno still knows how to win bowl games, even while sitting in the press box.
24. TCU (11-2)...Gary Patterson just keeps racking up double-digit win seasons for the Horned Frogs.
25. Oregon State (10-4)... Finished with a flurry despite seeing its defense surrender 98 points in the last three games.
Look for our extremely way to premature preseason 2007 rankings next week.