Note: Joe Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.
The BCS ended with a great season by Florida State (14-0) and a great game between the Seminoles and Auburn.
The top three spots were not difficult to sort. Michigan State (13-1) moved up to No. 3 after consecutive wins against Ohio State and Stanford. The two-loss teams behind Auburn were more difficult to put in order.
The natural response in the final rankings is to react to the bowl results, but you have to vote based on the whole season. South Carolina (12-2) beat Clemson and Central Florida during the regular season. Both wins are more impressive than South Carolinas pedestrian Capital One Bowl win against Wisconsin and put the Gamecocks at No. 4.
At No. 5, I have UCF, which beat Louisville (12-1) during the regular season and Baylor (11-2) in the Fiesta Bowl. The Golden Knights also get credit for a close call (28-25 on Sept. 28) against South Carolina.
I was impressed by the whipping Oklahoma (11-2) gave Alabama (11-2), but I cant rank the Sooners ahead of Baylor, which has the same record and beat Oklahoma by 29 on Nov. 7. So I have Baylor at No. 6, followed by Oklahoma and then Alabama.
The final AP poll has Oklahoma at No. 6 and Baylor at No. 13, but thats an overreaction to what happened in the bowls.
Ohio State (12-2) finished No. 12 in the AP, but I have the Buckeyes at No. 16. After losing to Michigan State and Clemson, the best win by Urban Meyers team was against Wisconsin or maybe it was San Diego State (8-5), which beat Buffalo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. I think you get the point.
Lastly, for the first time in nine years, I have a Championship Subdivision team on my ballot. North Dakota State (15-0) opened the season with a 24-21 win at Kansas State and closed it with four playoff wins by a combined score of 173-42. Thats dominance.
So long, BCS, you will not be missed. The top 25 wont matter as much in 2014, when a selection committee will choose the four best teams, but Im looking forward to college footballs new postseason.
Thanks for reading this season.
Giglio: 919-829-8938 or twitter.com/jwgiglio