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Thursday, January 16, 2014
How we voted in's final Top 25

By Brian Bennett

As you may have heard once or twice, neither Adam nor I voted in any of the three major polls this season, and we did not have an Academy Award ballot. But we did have a voice in the weekly Power Rankings, and here is what we said for our final Top 25 of the 2013 season.

Adam's Top 25

1. Florida State
2. Michigan State
3. Auburn
4. Missouri
5. Oklahoma
6. South Carolina
7. Clemson
8. Alabama
9. Oregon
10. Stanford
11. Ohio State
12. UCF
13. Louisville
14. Baylor
15. UCLA
16. LSU
17. Texas A&M
18. USC
19. Oklahoma State
20. Notre Dame
21. Duke
22. Arizona State
23. Wisconsin
24. Washington
25. Nebraska

Brian's Top 25

1. Florida State
2. Michigan State
3. Auburn
4. Oklahoma
5. South Carolina
6. Clemson
7. Missouri
8. Alabama
9. Oregon
10. UCF
11. Stanford
12. Ohio State
13. Louisville
14. UCLA
15. Baylor
16. Oklahoma State
17. LSU
18. Texas A&M
19. USC
20. Duke
21. Notre Dame
22. Arizona State
23. Washington
24. Vanderbilt
25. Wisconsin

There's obviously no doubt to No. 1, and we both ranked Michigan State second on the final ballot. ... I was a little bit higher on Oklahoma, South Carolina and UCF than Adam, who liked Missouri quite a bit more than I did. (I seem to remember South Carolina winning in Columbia). ... Ohio State misses the top 10 for both of us after losing its final two games. The Buckeyes lack many quality wins overall but still had a great season. ... Wisconsin barely makes my Top 25 after the Badgers lost their final two games of the season, while Adam includes both the Badgers and Nebraska among his final spots. I went with Vanderbilt, which won nine games. Someone should hire that coach.

What does your final Top 25 look like?