How we voted in ESPN.com's Top 25

December, 3, 2012
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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?

 

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