Note: Joe Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.
So much for the unbeaten vs. one-loss arguments.
Ohio States 34-24 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday night tidied up the BCS title picture.
The last BCS title game will be the same as the first, after the 1998 season: the SEC vs. Florida State. Auburn (12-1), the SEC champions, will face Florida State (13-0), the ACC champions, on Jan.6 in Pasadena, Calif. for the final BCS title.
The order of the top two teams really doesnt matter but I have Auburn No.1 because the Tigers have a better resume. Auburn beat Missouri (11-2), Alabama (11-1), Georgia (8-4) and Texas A&M (8-4).
Compare that to Florida States wins against Clemson (10-2), Duke (10-3) and Miami (9-3) and its really not even close. I realize every other voter sees it the other way, and Im OK with that.
Understand, how I vote is a reflection of what has happened. Its not a prediction of what will happen, nor is it some extrapolation about how FSU would fare in the SEC. What Im saying is based on the results of the entire body of work, Auburn, even with a loss at Louisiana State, has done more this season than Florida State. Nothing more, nothing less.
While my top 3 did not change this week, No.4 did and with the playoff system coming next year, No.4 will be the new No.2.
I have Michigan State (12-1) ahead of Baylor (11-1) for No.4. Neither team has an incredible resume but the Spartans neutral site win against Ohio State is better than Baylors home win against Oklahoma. The Spartans also have a trio of wins over eight-win teams (Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota), while Baylor only has one (Texas).
Stanford (11-2) might have a legitimate argument for the fourth spot, when it comes to quality wins (Oregon, UCLA, Arizona State), but the Cardinal lost to Utah, which finished 5-7. I dont care what your voting criteria is, theres no way around bad losses.
In the time machine where we can speed ahead to 2014, that would mean semifinal matchups between No. 1 FSU vs. No.4 Michigan State and No.2 Auburn vs. No.3 Alabama.
Where can we sign up for that? Oh well, weve waited so long for a playoff in college football, whats one more year?
1. Auburn 1
2. Florida State 2
3. Alabama 3
4. Michigan State 11
5. Baylor 7
6. Ohio State 4
7. South Carolina 8
8. Missouri 6
9. Central Florida 9
10. Stanford 10
11. Oklahoma 18
12. Oklahoma State 5
13. Louisville 14
14. Clemson 13
15. Oregon 15
16. LSU 17
17. Arizona State 16
18. UCLA 20
19. Wisconsin 21
20. Georgia 23
21. Northern Illinois 12
22. Fresno State 22
23. Duke 19
24. Miami 25
25. Texas A&M NR
Out: Texas (25)
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