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NCAA College Football Top 25 - Final

Rick Gagliano | Through games of January 6, 2014

1 Florida State 14-0
2 Michigan State 13-1
3 Auburn 12-2
4 UCF 12-1
5 Louisville 12-1
6 South Carolina 11-2
7 Missouri 12-2
8 Oregon 11-2
9 Clemson 11-2
10 Oklahoma 11-2
11 Alabama 11-2
12 Ohio State 12-2
13 LSU 10-3
14 Baylor 11-2
15 Stanford 11-3
16 UCLA 10-3
17 East Carolina 10-3
18 USC 9-4
19 Oklahoma State 10-3
20 Notre Dame 9-4
21 Fresno State 11-2
22 Navy 9-4
23 Washington 9-4
24 Marshall 10-4
25 Northern Illinois 11-2

--- Week final Notes below ---

Top 25 Final Notes:

Seminoles Edge Tigers, 34-31, for National Championship

With preference to bowl game winners, half of the Top 25 prior to bowl season maintained or improved their positions, the other half (actually 13 of them) losing bowl games and dropping out of the rankings or falling to a lower position. Five teams - East Carolina, USC, Notre Dame, Navy and Marshall - made the grade with bowl wins after being unranked after week 15. Five others - Wisconsin, Arizona State, Duke, Texas and Iowa - fell out due to losses in bowl games, though Duke, in particular, may have deserved better, though their 45-7 loss to Florida State in the ACC championship and subsequent 52-48 loss to Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, eventually doomed them to honorable mention status.

Naturally, the focus is on the top spot, concluded Monday, January 6, with Florida State topping Auburn, 34-31, for the national championship.

As the only team without a loss through the 2013-14 season, Florida State stands alone, and is a deserving national champion, though the title was not won until Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston hit Kelvin Benjamin for the winning score with just 13 seconds left to play.

Being the ACC champion, the Seminoles ended a seven year streak that saw nothing but SEC teams winning the national championship.

With Michigan State firmly embedded in the #2 spot after their Rose Bowl win over Stanford (dropped to #15 after their Rose Bowl defeat), Florida State ends the season with the #1 ranking, Auburn remained at #3.

A note on the Michigan State Spartans, the only team that had a legitimate claim to play in the national championship, is that they may have been a better fit for the game, or in years past, when sportswriters or coaches voted following the bowl games, might have even garnered enough popularity to rank atop the college football landscape. They were that good, but, as the 16-year BCS era ends, we will never know.

Fortunately, this will be the last year that college fans will have to deal with the inaccuracies, opacity and vagueries of the BCS system, as next season will see the institution of a playoff format, not a perfect one, though far better from the fatally-flawed BCS.

Filling out the top five are two teams from the American Athletic conference, the snubbed stepchild of the former Big East, broken up prior to this season due to a rash of defections by the likes of Syracuse, Pitt and others. The University of Central Florida (UCF) won the conference title and displayed their solid nature in a 52-42 victory over heavily-favored Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl and finish out the season in the #4 slot with an 11-1 record. UCF's only loss of the season was to South Carolina, a 28-25 defeat back in September. 11-2 Baylor ended up at #14.

#5 Louisville, 12-1, whose only loss was to the aforementioned UCF (38-35, on October 18), also proved their mettle, dismantling the deficient Miami Hurricanes in the Russell Athletic Bowl, 36-9. The Cardinals began the season with six straight wins and ended it the same way.

At #6, South Carolina finished at 11-2, their season upended early on, in a 41--30 loss at Georgia and hopes of reaching the SEC championship dashed in an unlikely, 23-21, defeat at Tennessee. The Gamecocks were unfazed, however, following up their Tennessee loss with a 27-24 OT win at Missouri, who would eventually reach the SEC title game, only to lose to Auburn.

South Carolina finished with six consecutive wins, including their 34-24 defeat of Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day.

After South Carolina comes Missouri at #7. The Tigers regrouped after their 59-42 loss in the SEC championship to Auburn and captured the Cotton Bowl on January 3 with a 41-31 triumph over Oklahoma State, sending the Cowboys down to #19 in the final rankings.

The 8, 9 and 10 spots were filled by Oregon, Clemson and Oklahoma, all winners in their respective bowl games.

#8 Oregon didn't exactly have their best game against Texas in the Alamo Bowl, but still came through with a 30-7 victory over the Longhorns, who ended the season at 8-5 and out of the rankings.

At #9 comes Clemson, earning inclusion in the Top 10 with their inspired, 40-35, victory over Ohio State in the Orange Bowl. The Tigers finished the season with a stellar 11-2 mark, sending Ohio State - losers of their final two games - to the #12 spot.

#10 belongs to Oklahoma, a team which resurrected its season with a four-game winning streak after losing to Baylor, 41-12, their second loss of the season after dumping a 36-20 score to Texas. Following wins over Iowa State and Kansas State, the Sooners knocked off Oklahoma State in their final Big 12 game, earning the right to play Alabama in the Sugur Bowl, where they flummoxed the Crimson Tide in a 45-31 romp. Alabama, long #1 until their last-second loss at Auburn, ends the season 11-2, at #11.

Filling out the remainder of the Top 25 were notable winners of bowl games, including #13 LSU, at 10-3, after defeating Iowa, 21-14 in the January 1 Outback Bowl.

Spots 16, 17 and 18 belong to bowl game winners UCLA, East Carolina and USC. The Bruins finish 10-3 after pounding Virginia Tech, 42-12 in the December 31 Sun Bowl, while East Carolina flew significantly under the radar all season, but ended up a 10-3 team by winning the Beef O'Brady's Bowl over Ohio, 37-20. USC had probably the most tumultuous season of any FBS team, but still ended the season on a high note, at 10-4, with a 45-20 dusting of Fresno State (11-2, #21) in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.

Notre Dame was another bowl winner, ending up with a 9-4 record in the #20 position thanks to their 29-16 victory over Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl.

#22 Navy and #23 Washington each finished the season at 9-4 with wins over Middle Tennessee (24-6, Armed Forces Bowl), and BYU (31-16, Fight Hunger Bowl), respectively. The Midshipmen finished with five straight wins; Washington won their final three games.

After a 4-3 start to the season, the Thundering Herd from Marshall were impressive down the stretch, winning five straight in Conference USA before falling to Rice, 41-24 in the championship game. 10-4 Marshall gets in at #24 due to their 31-20 victory over Maryland in the Military Bowl.

#25 is held by Northern Illinois, the sole representative of the Mid-American conference, just barely making the grade after going 12-0, then losing the conference championship game to Bowling Green, 47-27, and falling to Utah State, 21-14, in the Poinsettia Bowl.

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