There are programs who would just love to crack the final Associated Press rankings.
Then there are those who only care if they are in the Top 10, and another elite group who feel the season isn't a success unless they are a Top-5 team.
With a few media voters picking LSU and Oklahoma State No. 1 on their final ballot, that gives you a glimpse into why some programs may feel slighted by the final rankings.
Here are six who have a gripe.
Houston was on the verge of playing in a BCS bowl when it was upset by Southern Miss in the Conference USA Championship.
The Golden Eagles won 11 games, so the loss shouldn't have hurt Houston as much as it did.
The Cougars came out blazing against Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl and should have easily finished higher than No. 18 with a 13-1 record.
Case Keenum and the Cougars deserved more love than this.
West Virginia beat ACC champion Clemson 70-33 in the Discover Orange Bowl, but finishes No. 17.
I don't understand why everyone feels the need to beat up on the Big East. It has proven to be a much more solid conference than the ACC.
Plus, the Mountaineers had the best offensive showing against LSU this season.
WVU deserves to be at least two spots higher at No. 15.
Let's stay in the Big East with Cincinnati.
The Bearcats finished 10-3 and defeated Vanderbilt 31-24 in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. And that was with quarterback Zach Collaros not at his best.
Cincinnati is not an elite team, but the Bearcats earned a Top-20 billing this season.
Butch Jones' team should be ranked ahead of Clemson and Virginia Tech, who are arguably the two most overrated teams this year.
Baylor finished 10-3 playing in one of the top two conferences in the nation, had the Heisman Trophy winner and won a wild bowl game against Washington.
So where did the Bears finish in the AP Poll? How about No. 13.
In fairness, Baylor was only 12th in the USA Today poll.
But I'll take Baylor over Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan any day. So at least bump the Bears up to No. 10.
When the mild-mannered Chris Petersen gets upset by how the BCS skewered Boise State, you know there are a lot of people not happy with the current system.
But even the AP Poll stuck it to the Broncos.
Despite a 12-1 season, which included a one-point loss to TCU, Boise finished eighth.
That means four teams with two losses finished ahead of Petersen's team.
With Boise's recent history you would think the Broncos would have garnered a little more respect.
In its first season as an independent, Brigham Young delivered a Top 25-worthy season.
The voters didn't see it that way and BYU comes in at No. 26.
The Cougars went 10-3 and defeated Tulsa 24-21 in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
Except for being blown out by rival Utah, BYU was competitive in every game this season.
Riley Nelson took the starting quarterback job from Jake Heaps and became a legitimate dual threat for the Cougars.
BYU flirted with the Big 12 and Big East, but at this point will remain an independent. How this impacts the Cougars in future rankings will be interesting to watch.