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Friday, January 11, 2013
How we voted in's final Top 25

By Brian Bennett

As you probably know by now, neither Adam nor I vote in the Associated Press Top 25 or the Harris Poll, and neither of us have yet devised a computer rankings system to be used by the BCS. (After all, how could we come up with one as good as this one, which ranked Notre Dame No. 1 after its 42-14 loss to Alabama? The BCS, ladies and gentlemen!).

But we humble Big Ten bloggers do have a say in's weekly power rankings, and here is what our final ballots looked like:

Adam's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Ohio State
4. Georgia
5. Notre Dame
6. Texas A&M
7. Stanford
8. South Carolina
9. Florida State
10. Clemson
11. Florida
12. Louisville
13. LSU
14. Kansas State
15. Oklahoma
16. Boise State
17. Northwestern
18. Utah State
19. Texas
20. San Jose State
21. Oregon State
22. Michigan
23. Northern Illinois
24. Vanderbilt
25. Penn State

Brian's Top 25

1. Alabama
2. Texas A&M
3. Notre Dame
4. Oregon
5. Ohio State
6. Stanford
7. Georgia
8. Florida
9. South Carolina
10. Florida State
11. Clemson
12. LSU
13. Kansas State
14. Louisville
15. Oklahoma
16. Northwestern
17. Utah State
18. Texas
19. Michigan
20. Northern Illinois
21. Baylor
22. Penn State
23. Oregon State
24. Boise State
25. Nebraska

As you can see, we have some interesting differences of opinion in our final ballots. I'm sure Buckeyes fans will roast me for only ranking their 12-0 team No. 5. Am I insane? Possibly. But which of the four teams ahead of it are you sure that Ohio State would beat? I could see the argument for Notre Dame, but don't let the Irish's stinky final performance erase the memory of their excellent season. Ohio State was terrific; its résumé was just not as strong as some others, through no real fault of its own. ... Another big discrepancy: I have Texas A&M No. 2, while Adam has the Aggies No. 6. Yeah, they lost twice. But those were early in the season before Johnny Football got rolling, and Texas A&M won at Alabama. Other than the Tide, I can think of no team that people wanted to play less at the end of the year than the Aggies. ... I'm higher on Michigan and Penn State than Adam and ranked Nebraska No. 25. Sure, the finish was lousy, but the Huskers did win 10 games and went toe-to-toe with Georgia most of the way. I'd much rather have them in my rankings than San Jose State or Vanderbilt, who beat nobody. I mean, no offense to San Jose State, which performed a miraculous turnaround. But look at that schedule. And what was Vandy's best win?... I believe Adam missed the boat on Baylor, which only went 8-5 but ended the year with wins over Kansas State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and UCLA. What do you think the line would be on a Baylor-San Jose State game right now?

There is a lot to debate here. What does your final Top 25 look like?