Scout College Football Final 2014 Top 30 Poll

UCLA ends the year No. 9 in the Scout College Football Top 30 Poll...

 #1 Ohio State Buckeyes
Record: (12-1)Pts.: 660Last Wk.: 5Trend: 4
The Buckeyes proved that they belonged in the CFB Playoff and they're not going away anytime soon.
Next Opponent: Won National Championship Game
 #2 Oregon Ducks
Record: (12-1)Pts.: 596Last Wk.: 2Trend: --
If that was Marcus Mariota's last game, no one can say he didn't go down fighting, but Ohio State was simply the better team.
Next Opponent: Lost National Championship Game
 #3 TCU Horned Frogs
Record: (12-1)Pts.: 582Last Wk.: 4Trend: 1
If TCU was trying to send a message to the committee, and the country, Ole Miss heard it loud and clear.
Next Opponent: Won Peach Bowl
 #4 Alabama Crimson Tide
Record: (12-2)Pts.: 548Last Wk.: 1Trend: 3
The top-ranked Tide couldn't hold on to a big lead against Ohio State and a national title won't be returning to Tuscaloosa, their longest drought since before their remarkable run.
Next Opponent: Lost Sugar Bowl
 #5 Florida State Seminoles
Record: (13-1)Pts.: 536Last Wk.: 3Trend: 2
After playing with fire all season, the Noles made too many mistakes against Oregon and their dreams of a second straight title were dashed.
Next Opponent: Lost Rose Bowl
 #6 Michigan State Spartans
Record: (11-2)Pts.: 533Last Wk.: 7Trend: 1
For a program that's been defined by its defense, it was the Spartans offense that triggered their tremendous comeback against Baylor.
Next Opponent: Won Cotton Bowl
 #7 Baylor Bears
Record: (11-2)Pts.: 492Last Wk.: 6Trend: 1
Baylor sure didn't look like a team that didn't want to be in the Cotton Bowl, at least to start, but finishing was a whole different problem.
Next Opponent: Lost Cotton Bowl
 #8 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Record: (11-3)Pts.: 480Last Wk.: 9Trend: 1
The Rambling Wreck scored their biggest bowl win since their 1990 co-national championship bowl win in the Citrus Bowl.
Next Opponent: Won Orange Bowl
 #9 UCLA Bruins
Record: (10-3)Pts.: 432Last Wk.: 14Trend: 5
The Bruins got out to a big lead against Kansas State then held on for their 10th win, the second year in a row they won double-digit games.
Next Opponent: Won Alamo Bowl
 #10 Georgia Bulldogs
Record: (10-3)Pts.: 423Last Wk.: 13Trend: 3
Despite injuries and key personnel losses, the Bulldogs still won 10 games and another bowl game for Mark Richt.
Next Opponent: Won Belk Bowl
 #11 Mississippi State Bulldogs
Record: (10-3)Pts.: 377Last Wk.: 8Trend: 3
A season that saw the Bulldogs ranked No. 1 for a good chunk of it ended with a disappointing loss in the Orange Bowl and out of the top ten.
Next Opponent: Lost Orange Bowl
 #12 Wisconsin Badgers
Record: (11-3)Pts.: 366Last Wk.: 16Trend: 4
The Badgers ended the season on a bright note after the Big Ten title game loss and losing Gary Andersen to Oregon State.
Next Opponent: Won Outback Bowl
 #13 Missouri Tigers
Record: (11-3)Pts.: 350Last Wk.: 17Trend: 4
Gary Pinkel just doesn't get the credit he deserves, but it was another memorable year for the Tigers that ended with a bang in their bowl.
Next Opponent: Won Citrus Bowl
 #14 Arizona State Sun Devils
Record: (10-3)Pts.: 342Last Wk.: 15Trend: 1
Another ten win season under Todd Graham in a 'rebuilding year' gives the Sun Devils a lot to be excited about.
Next Opponent: Won Sun Bowl
 #15 Clemson Tigers
Record: (10-3)Pts.: 337Last Wk.: 19Trend: 4
Outside of TCU, Clemson may have had the best bowl performance of anyone.
Next Opponent: Won Russell Athletic Bowl
 #16 Boise State Broncos
Record: (12-2)Pts.: 312Last Wk.: 21Trend: 5
Pretty much take it to the bank that if Boise State is playing in the Fiesta Bowl, Boise State will win the Fiesta Bowl.
Next Opponent: Won Fiesta Bowl
 #17 Kansas State Wildcats
Record: (9-4)Pts.: 292Last Wk.: 12Trend: 5
The Wildcats missed out on a 10-win season for the tenth time under Bill Snyder because they dug too big a hole against UCLA.
Next Opponent: Lost Alamo Bowl
 #18 Mississippi Rebels
Record: (9-4)Pts.: 286Last Wk.: 10Trend: 8
The Rebels had a good season with some big wins, but good luck getting the taste of their Peach Bowl shellacking out of their mouth.
Next Opponent: Lost Peach Bowl
 #19 Arizona Wildcats
Record: (10-4)Pts.: 268Last Wk.: 11Trend: 8
The last two games were a disappointment but a ten win season with their personnel losses showed there is more to life than basketball in Tucson.
Next Opponent: Lost Fiesta Bowl
 #20 Auburn Tigers
Record: (8-5)Pts.: 214Last Wk.: 18Trend: 2
A year after the football gods gave them all the breaks, the football gods turned the tables on Auburn.
Next Opponent: Lost Outback Bowl
 #21 Utah Utes
Record: (9-4)Pts.: 200Last Wk.: 23Trend: 2
The Utes finished their best season in the Pac-12 with an impressive beatdown of Colorado State.
Next Opponent: Won Las Vegas Bowl
 #22 USC Trojans
Record: (9-4)Pts.: 197Last Wk.: 25Trend: 3
The Trojans ended the season with good wins over Notre Dame and Nebraska, but lost a lot of underclassmen to the NFL.
Next Opponent: Won Holiday Bowl
 #23 Louisville Cardinals
Record: (9-4)Pts.: 130Last Wk.: 20Trend: 3
The Cardinals just missed ten wins again, but the future is bright for Bobby Petrino's squad.
Next Opponent: Lost Belk Bowl
 #24 Marshall Thundering Herd
Record: (13-1)Pts.: 128Last Wk.: 29Trend: 5
The Thundering Herd were disappointed they didn't get in to the New Year's Six, but didn't show it against Northern Illinois.
Next Opponent: Won Boca Raton Bowl
 #25 Nebraska Cornhuskers
Record: (9-4)Pts.: 102Last Wk.: 24Trend: 1
The Huskers made the Holiday Bowl closer than people expected, especially given the firing of Bo Pelini.
Next Opponent: Lost Holiday Bowl
 #26 Stanford Cardinal
Record: (8-5)Pts.: 86Last Wk.: NRTrend: NEW
The Cardinal ended the season with three dominant wins, including in a bowl game in their backyard.
Next Opponent: Won Foster Farms Bowl
 #27 LSU Tigers
Record: (8-5)Pts.: 82Last Wk.: 22Trend: 5
The Tigers lost their bowl game to Notre Dame and their defensive coordinator to an SEC West foe.
Next Opponent: Lost Music City Bowl
 #28 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Record: (8-5)Pts.: 80Last Wk.: NRTrend: NEW
A roller coaster season ended on a positive note with a win over LSU in Nashville.
Next Opponent: Won Music City Bowl
 #29 Duke Blue Devils
Record: (9-4)Pts.: 67Last Wk.: 28Trend: 1
The next big step for the Blue Devils will be to win their bowl game, but they've had three good seasons in a row.
Next Opponent: Lost Sun Bowl
 #30 Memphis Tigers
Record: (10-3)Pts.: 59Last Wk.: NRTrend: NEW
Few coaches did as good a job as Justin Fuente did with Memphis this season.
Next Opponent: Lost Military Bowl
Arkansas 54, Minnesota 41, Texas A&M 21, Colorado State 16, BYU 9, Northern Illinois 9, Tennessee 9, Oklahoma 8, UCF 8, Utah State 7, Air Force 6, Georgia Southern 4, South Carolina 4, Oklahoma State 3, Virginia Tech 3, Iowa 2, Cincinnati 1, West Virginia 1, Rutgers 1, Toledo 1

The Scout Top 30 College Football Poll is voted on by 21 publishers, writers and analysts from the Scout network.  Voters include: Ben Love (@BenLoveTSD), Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo), Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), Brian Dohn (@BrianDohnScout), Casey Cosgrove (@caseycosgrove), Chip Brown (@ChipBrownHD), Chris Fetters (@Chris_Fetters), Dan Weber (@dweber3440), Dean Legge (@Dawg_Post), Jamie Newberg (@JamieNewberg), Jarret Johnson (@JohnsonJarret), Jason Caldwell (@ITATJason), Jody Demling (@jdemling), John Garcia (@JohnGarcia_Jr), Josh Harvey (@JoshHarveyScout), Mark Rea (@MReaBSB), Mike McAllister (@McAllisterScout), Pete Fiutak (@PeteFiutak), Ryan Gorcey (@rgbearterritory), Scott Kennedy (@ScoutKennedy) and Tim O'Malley (@timomalleyND‎).

The votes were tallied with 30 points for No. 1, 29 for No. 2, 28 for No. 3, etc.

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