BlogPoll Preliminary: The Final Pre-Bowl Poll

So it's come to this: the regular season is over, bowl bids are starting to be awarded, and the only remaining question is if Oklahoma State did enough to jump Alabama. Anything else is just details.

1. LSU

2. Oklahoma State

3. Alabama

4. Oregon

5. Boise State

6. Stanford

7. Arkansas

8. Wisconsin

9. Oklahoma

10. Michigan State

11. South Carolina

12. Georgia

13. Kansas State

14. Baylor

15. Michigan

16. Houston

17. TCU

18. Clemson

19. Virginia Tech

20. Arkansas State

21. Nebraska

22. Toledo

23. Southern Miss

24. Tulsa

25. Missouri

Notes below the jump, but remember, nothing beyond 2 matters.

Look, this is twelve kinds of hot mess. I haven't been in favor of a rematch since the idea has been floated out there, and if Alabama has an issue with it, they had an opportunity to dethrone the regular season champions at home and couldn't seal the deal. I'd have a bit more sympathy if that game was in Baton Rouge, but Oklahoma State's wins (Oklahoma, Kansas State, Baylor, Tulsa, Texas, TAMU) are much better than Alabama's (Arkansas, Penn State, Florida, Auburn, and nervous laughter).

The rest of it, as always, is a mess. Wisconsin and Michigan State played one heck of a game again, and I'm inclined to reward them for that. K-State gets to ride up the polls a bit on Baylor's coattails, South Carolina goes ahead of UGA again, Houston and Virginia Tech get spiked. And yes, ranking TCU at 17 (just outside the auto-bid) is intentional.

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