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
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.
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.