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Who Needs a Blogpoll Regular Season Finale: OUR PETS’ HEADS ARE FALLING OFF

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Not really, but Alabama needs some help now.

West Virginia v Oklahoma
I’ve been higher than most on OU all season. Do y’all believe yet?
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Well, that was about as crappy a day as I can remember being an Alabama fan (Petty being hurt in the middle of laying an egg in the Iron Bowl was far more depressing to me.) Still, I’d rather have all doubt taken out of a game than have the lingering what-ifs of 2013 or Clemson II: What if we play for OT in 2013, what if we pick up that first down in Auburn, what if we don’t commit that personal foul, what if we get one defensive stop, what if Bo hadn’t got hurt, what if Sark had used some of the other backs, what if Saban hadn’t fired Lane with one game left, what if Marlon Humphrey made the right read, what if they called the pick on Tony Brown?

See? Those keep you up at night. Being banged up to all hell, having wide receivers held on every route, being outplayed and out-executed all night -- those things are irritating, but I’m not losing sleep over them. Saban derps against Auburn, but he’s hardly the first to do so and he won’t be the last Alabama coach to do so. Nor will it be the last time the ‘Barn is peaking at season’s end while Alabama’s weaknesses are not only exposed but tailor-made for the “upset.” Alabama lost that game and deserved to lose in every phase of the game. That’s not an upset; that’s not a what-if; that’s an ass-kicking.

But now, it’s entirely out of our hands. We wait (while rooting like hell for TCU to beat Oklahoma and Ohio State to win an ugly, turnover-filled crapfest against Wisconsin.) And I think one of those happens.

Conference rankings:

  1. SEC
  2. Big 12 ACC
  3. ACC Big 12
  4. Pac 12
  5. Big 10

Playoff Prediction:

  1. Alabama Clemson
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Notre Dame Wisconsin Auburn
  4. Washington Ohio State Clemson Miami Alabama

Here’s your WNaBP for the close of the regular season.

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Rank Team Last week
Rank Team Last week
1 Oklahoma Sooners 2
2 Clemson Tigers 5
3 Auburn Tigers 6
4 Alabama Crimson Tides 1
5 Georgia Bulldogs 7
6 Wisconsin Badgers 4
7 Miami Hurricanes 3
8 TCU Horned Frogs 12
9 USC Trojans 10
10 UCF Knights 11
11 Memphis Tigers 13
12 Ohio State Buckeyes 17
13 LSU Tigers 15
14 Stanford Cardinal 16
15 Washington Huskies 24
16 Washington State Cougars 9
17 San Diego State Aztecs 19
18 Oklahoma State Cowboys 23
19 Penn State Nittany Lions 21
20 Michigan State Spartans 22
21 Northwestern Wildcats --
22 Fresno State Bulldog --
23 Mississippi State Bulldogs 14
24 Virginia Tech Hokies / NCSU Wolfpack --
25 FAU Owls / Toledo Rockets /USF Bulls --
Dropped out
Boise State Broncos
Iowa State Cyclones
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Considered
None