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How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

12/3/2012

If you didn't like how the BCS bowl lineups turned out, don't blame us. Neither Adam nor I vote in either of the two major polls that make up the majority of the BCS formula. But we do have a say in ESPN.com's weekly power rankings. And here's how we ranked the teams at the end of the regular season:

Adam's Top 25

1. Notre Dame

2. Alabama

3. Ohio State

4. Florida

5. Texas A&M

6. Stanford

7. Georgia

8. Oregon

9. Kansas State

10. LSU

11. South Carolina

12. Oklahoma

13. Oregon State

14. Florida State

15. Northern Illinois

16. Clemson

17. UCLA

18. Utah State

19. Michigan

20. Louisville

21. Penn State

22. Nebraska

23. Northwestern

24. Boise State

25. San Jose State

Brian's Top 25

1. Notre Dame

2. Alabama

3. Texas A&M

4. Florida

5. Ohio State

6. Stanford

7. Georgia

8. Oregon

9. Kansas State

10. LSU

11. South Carolina

12. Oklahoma

13. Florida State

14. Clemson

15. Oregon State

16. Northern Illinois

17. UCLA

18. Utah State

19. Michigan

20. Nebraska

21. Penn State

22. Northwestern

23. Boise State

24. Louisville

25. Wisconsin

Northern Illinois is, of course, the most controversial BCS team. We both had the Huskers in our Top 16; they finished No. 15 in the BCS standings. ... There was no change in our placement of Ohio State this week (I had Georgia ranked behind the Buckeyes a week ago). Argue with me all you'd like on that, but I'd still take the résumés of Florida and Texas A&M. ... There's a neat little grouping of Big Ten teams there at the bottom of our rankings. I've got four Big Ten teams in a row, in fact. We both have Michigan over Nebraska despite the fact that the Huskers beat the Wolverines. I can tell you it is a difficult call and we've wrestled over who should be No. 2 in our Big Ten power rankings. Nebraska, though, deserved to take a big fall after that horrendous showing on Saturday night. ... I put Wisconsin in at No. 25. I know the Badgers are only 8-5, but if they play remotely like they did in Indianapolis, they can beat most, if not all, of the teams in these rankings. No offense to San Jose State, which has had a tremendous season. But I think Wisconsin would be a 10-point favorite if those two teams played.

How does your Top 25 look? Did we do better than the Big Ten coaches?