Ray Ratto's final college football Top 25 rankings

January 7, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Following Alabama's beatdown of Notre Dame in the BCS title game Monday night, our Senior Insider has submitted his final AP Top 25 ballot. Until next season...

1 ALABAMA I believe there are no further questions this time, Your Honor.
2 OHIO STATE A relaxing bowl season, but still no losses.
3 NOTRE DAME Pitt, BYU and Purdue should have told us something
4 OREGON All this, and the hiring of new coach Chip Kelly . . . does it get any better?
5 GEORGIA I believe that's the last "Is Mark Richt in trouble?" stories we will read for awhile
6 TEXAS A&M Johnny Football is one thing, but Kevin Sumlin quite another.
7 STANFORD Other than Kelly staying in Eugene, this season could not have gone better
8 SOUTH CAROLINA Sure, it was Michigan, but it was still a hell of a win for the OBC
9 KANSAS STATE Boy, that Oregon thing couldn't have felt very good
10 FLORIDA STATE Is this the team with No. 2 talent and No. 24 coaching, or what?
11 CLEMSON An enormous win over LSU
12 LOUISIANA STATE A bizarre loss to Clemson
13 LOUISVILLE Teddy Bridgewater made some friends
14 BOISE STATE You can't contain them, but you can hope not to play them in December
15 FLORIDA Profoundly underimpressive
16 OKLAHOMA Got themselves Football'd but good
17 UTAH STATE A big year ends by standing on Toledo's chest, if that's your idea of a good time
18 SAN JOSE STATE Two losses say they belong here, so pipe down
19 TEXAS Oregon State couldn't last long enough
20 NORTHWESTERN The Big Ten's crowning moment
21 OREGON STATE At least Mike Riley said he wasn't interested in leaving, so there's that
22 NOTHERN ILLINOIS Exposed Florida State as an underachieving yet blatantly superior team
23 CINCINNATI Nobody would have ever have expected two Big East teams except in the Big East standings
24 ARKANSAS STATE We started with Texas State, and we end with this. Serendipitous, don't you think?
25 NORTH DAKOTA STATE They won the FCS championship, the rules say this is legal, and why the hell not?