College Football Final 5 Poll
Final 5 College Football Poll
I love movies. If I am not watching football, I am likely watching a movie. There's one movie in particular that I was thinking about today. Billy Madison with Adam Sandler. Not because it's a great movie, because I don't think it is. But it does have one of the greatest quotes of all time in any film.
The Principal says to Billy at one point, Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
This quote came to mind for me when I saw the final college football AP poll of the 2012 season. Rather than bore you with the entire list, here is who AP voters decided were the top 5 teams in the country this year. Meaning the very best. Just felt like I needed to clarify that.
Really? Really? After what we saw Monday night, no better yet adding Monday night to what we saw all season does any reasonable person really think Notre Dame is the 4th best team in the country? They were mauled like campers covered in honey by Alabama in the Discover BCS Championship game in a manner that few teams can relate to. And Ohio State? I actually read several tweets right after the game predicting that Ohio State would be No. 1 in the poll because they were still undefeated. This is a perfect example of the idiocy of the polls. Voters felt some stupid sense of responsibility to put the Buckeyes this high because they finished the year undefeated. It's voting in the polls based on a team's record and not how good the team really is that causes all these problems. I wish AP voters just had enough sense and enough courage to just vote for the teams they think are the best and not feel any foolish obligation to keep 1 loss teams ahead of 2 loss teams, etc.
But before I get too far into this and just get myself more agitated, I will instead share with you my final Top 5 poll of the season. It's not about 1 loss or anything like that. It's about the 5 best teams I saw this season over the course of the whole year. I understand many of you will disagree, so come find me on Twitter @nfldraftboard and let's hear it.
If there's a spot that will stir people up, it's probably here. There were a half dozen teams I could have put in this spot, but including Clemson is a personal one for me. Their group of offensive playmakers impressed me all season, and I've been on their bandwagon all year. Quarterback Tajh Boyd is a tremendous college quarterback and his group of skill players are immensely talented. If you have a team you prefer, plug them in here, but for me it's the Tigers.
After the debacle of the Discover BCS Championship game, I am more and more convinced the real championship game happened on December 1st. The Bulldogs are loaded on both sides of the ball and using my highly scientific algorithm of "how bad would they beat Notre Dame?" I give the Bulldogs a 20 point win easy.
3-Texas A&M Aggies
The Aggies are the only team in the nation who could muster a win over the national champions, and while that's not enough for me to put them ahead of them in my final poll, there's no doubt this team is immensely talented, especially on offense. They worked over Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl and although they could take a step back next year with the losses, for this year they are deserving a top 3 spot.
Are we really made to believe that a field goal that misses by a foot means that this Oregon team isn't worthy of playing for the national championship? If there had been any justice in the world the Ducks would have been on the field against the Crimson Tide in that title game. I'm not saying they could have beaten Alabama, but with their ability to move the the football it would have been a much more competitive game.
1-Alabama Crimson Tide
What the Crimson Tide did in the BCS championship game was remarkable. After a loss like that Notre Dame should have fallen out of the top ten. Head coach Nick Saban is an amazing game planner and motivator and you can just see watching this Alabama team play his influence on them was so clear from the beginning. There was no way he was going to let this team lose, and that team was not going to let him down. Even with their one loss, this team was a force to be reckoned with all year and is easily the top team in the country.