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College Football Epilogue: All Hail, Death to the Polls!

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Speaking as a college football fan and observer, I have to admit that the CFP Committee has done pretty well in their first two years in existence.

Need to change that number!
Need to change that number!
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Be thankful that we now have a playoff and that deciding the Mythical National Championship has been taken out of the hands of reporters. I have met some of these national reporters and truthfully they have as much, if not less, knowledge of college football than many of you readers. Maybe it's just that they can write or talk all purty.

It is easy to get the feeling that a lot of these guys just look at the records and don't take the time to examine the schedules, spreads, and how teams won or lost.

The polls are only fodder for click bait and for some programs to sell recruits on their team. That said, here are the final Associated Press (60 sportswriters and broadcasters from across the country) and Coaches Polls (64 FBS head coaches, though they rarely fill them out themselves):

AP TOP 25

RK Team Rec Pts
1 Alabama 14-1 1525
2 Clemson 14-1 1464
3 Stanford 12-2 1360
4 Ohio State 12-1 1342
5 Oklahoma 11-2 1270
6 Michigan State 12-2 1227
7 TCU 11-2 1098
8 Houston 13-1 1050
9 Iowa 12-2 981
10 Ole Miss 10-3 975
11 Notre Dame 10-3 953
12 Michigan 10-3 911
13 Baylor 10-3 820
14 Florida State 10-3 630
15 North Carolina 11-3 563
16 LSU 9-3 546
17 Utah 10-3 499
18 Navy 11-2 465
19 Oregon 9-4 391
20 Oklahoma State 10-3 372
21 Wisconsin 10-3 332
22 Tennessee 9-4 260
23 Northwestern 10-3 203
24 Western Kentucky 12-2 128
25 Florida 10-4 126

Others receiving votes: Georgia 109, Washington State 51, Mississippi State 47, San Diego State 44, Arkansas 28, Toledo 28, So Cal 10, Appalachian State 7, Boise State 4, Duke 3, Temple 2, BYU 1.

COACHES POLL

RK Team Rec Pts
1 Alabama 14-1 1400
2 Clemson 14-1 1344
3 Stanford 12-2 1235
4 Ohio State 12-1 1231
5 Oklahoma 11-2 1172
6 Michigan State 12-2 1121
7 TCU 11-2 1020
8 Houston 13-1 928
9 Ole Miss 10-3 919
10 Iowa 12-2 862
11 Michigan 10-3 812
12 Notre Dame 10-3 781
13 Baylor 10-3 763
14 Florida State 10-3 645
15 North Carolina 11-3 543
16 Utah 10-3 499
17 LSU 9-3 485
18 Navy 11-2 402
19 Oklahoma State 10-3 392
20 Oregon 9-4 356
21 Wisconsin 10-3 307
22 Northwestern 10-3 207
23 Tennessee 09-4 190
24 Georgia 10-3 173
25 Florida 10-4 141

Others receiving votes: Western Kentucky 73, San Diego State 55, Toledo 27, Washington State 23, Mississippi State 18, Temple 18, Marshall 15, Arkansas 11, Appalachian State 9, Boise State 8, Louisville 7, USC 2, Memphis 2, Duke 2, West Virginia 1, Georgia Southern 1

This time last year, Alabama was pushed down to number 4 for losing to eventual champ Ohio State by a touchdown. Yet Oregon stuck at #2 for losing to the same team 42-20.

This year, the losing CFP teams drop out of the top 4: Oklahoma to 5 and Michigan State to 6. Stanford moves up after beating WAY overrated Iowa with Ohio State right behind them for sleepwalking through the first 11 weeks of the season and a victory over good-not-great Notre Dame. I get that Sparty and Okie lost ugly, but this is the Final Four all playing each other in a championship.

Houston at #8 seems way too high. And Western Kentucky by the AP? They lost to Indiana and LSU (by 28) and edged Vandy by two. This team was better than MSU and Arky?

GO NAVY! and all that, but #18? Honestly, their best win was over Memphis.

I'd like to see a few more games just to smooth reality out a little bit: Iowa vs. Mississippi State, Northwestern vs. Arkansas, Navy vs. Georgia, Western Kentucky vs. Auburn.