In a season simulation performed by EA Sports using the new "NCAA Football 11" video game, Ohio State defeated Alabama 36-24 in the BCS championship to end the year at No. 1.
Can Ohio State really pull it off? EA Sports did predict the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup and Spain winning the World Cup, so it might be a smart bet if you believe in the accuracy of video game simulations, that is.
Other results from the sim include Boise State defeating Houston in the Sugar Bowl, Florida State beating West Virginia in the Orange Bowl, Ole Miss taking out Missouri in the Cotton Bowl and Texas A&M thumping Utah in the Fiesta Bowl.
Conference winners according to EA's sim include:
But we're getting ahead of ourselves a bit. Check out the video above to see a countdown of the top five teams heading into the season.
Then be sure to pick up a copy of "NCAA Football 11." It's the best playing version of the series in long time thanks to the new locomotion physics engine. Running the ball hasn't been this fun in years.