Full disclosure: My final AP football ballot
Okay, nitpickers and naysayers, here's your final opportunity to question my competence.
Bowl performance, obviously, was a strong criterion in my final rankings. In many cases, so was head-to-head competition (hence South Carolina above Missouri, Notre Dame ahead of USC, etc.).
And for those 'Nole fans who spent half the season harassing me for keeping Oregon at No. 2 ahead of FSU: Funny how these things always seem to work themselves out.
3. Michigan State
5. South Carolina
10. Ohio State
13. Oklahoma State
18. Notre Dame
20. Texas A&M
24. Arizona State