Well, Alabama sure made that look easy, huh?
With last night's 42-14 drubbing of Notre Dame, Alabama closed the 2012 season in style and ushered in the final USA Today Coaches Poll.
Obviously, Alabama sat atop the poll and Oregon came in at No. 2. After that, however, it became a bit more controversial.
For example, Notre Dame was ranked ahead of both Georgia and Texas A&M, the former a team that was five yards away from beating the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship, the latter a team that actually beat Alabama this season.
Plus, both teams won their bowl games and, let's be honest, would each be favorites against Notre Dame if the teams were to play. In my opinion, Notre Dame's performance on Monday night warranted a drop to the fifth spot in the poll.
But that's just me.
After that, things look familiar in the top 10. Stanford, South Carolina, Florida State, Clemson and Florida round out the top 10, while Kansas State dropped to No. 11 and LSU to No. 12 after bowl losses.
Louisville jumped five spots to No. 13 after defeating Florida, while Texas jumped a whopping seven spots after an Alamo Bowl win over Oregon State. A few teams—Tulsa, Cincinnati and Vanderbilt—all shot into the rankings to close the season.
Wisconsin, Michigan and UCLA all dropped out of the rankings.
Without further ado, here is the final USA Today Coaches Poll for the 2012-13 season:
|21||San Jose State||11-2|
Others receiving votes: Michigan 101, UCLA 75, Baylor 52, Oklahoma State 36, Wisconsin 18, UCF 15, Arkansas State 13, Arizona State 10, Rutgers 9, Kent State 5, Louisiana Tech 2, Arizona 1, Ohio 1