Another college football season is in the books, and so is my final Associated Press Top 25 ballot of the season.
The No. 1 spot was obvious, as Alabama routed Ohio State, 52-24, for the national title on Monday night. The Crimson Tide finished 13-0 and put together a dominant season from start to finish.
Everyone – voters and non-voters – will have their opinions on what do with spots 2-25. I’m sure some will have issues with my picks (the Florida fans who blasted me for my Heisman Trophy ballot surely won’t like where I have the Gators), but that’s OK. It’s the nature of this task each week during the college season.
First a few of comments:
- Some voters moved Texas A&M into the top four, and the Aggies wound up landing at No. 4 in the final AP poll. But, I kept the College Football Playoff teams in the final four simply because I believe they were the four best teams. Yeah, Clemson and Notre Dame lost big in the national semifinals, but I think A&M would have, too.
- One of the toughest groups for me was BYU, Liberty and Coastal Carolina. BYU lost once (to Coastal), Coastal lost once (to Liberty) and Liberty lost once (to NC State). Ultimately, I had BYU first among that group because I do believe the Cougars were the best of the three and would have beat Coastal under normal circumstances – they lost after a cross-country trip on a couple days’ notice. Liberty got the nod over Coastal because of its bowl win over CCU. Somehow, CCU finished three spots ahead of Liberty in the AP poll.
- As for Florida, I’ve seen a couple early ballots that had the Gators in the top 12 – and they finished at No. 13. I put the Gators at 18. This after not having QB Kyle Trask in the top 3 of my Heisman ballot! Trust me, Gators fans, I have nothing against your team. But, your team did lose four times, including three in a row to end the season.
- My ballot includes two teams from the Sun Belt Conference, two from the Mid-American, two Independents and just one from the Pac-12 – barely. Yikes. There’s always next year!
Here is my final ballot:
2. Ohio State
4. Notre Dame
5. Texas A&M
10. Iowa State
13. Coastal Carolina
17. Oklahoma State
19. North Carolina
22. Ball State
23. San Jose State
24. Southern Cal
Just missed: Nevada, Memphis, Appalachian State, NC State, West Virginia.