Dec 2

The Top Fan's Top 25 - Final Regular Season Rankings

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags: college football, NCAA, BCS, top 25, alabama, georgia, SEC, Notre Dame

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Alabama and Georgia put on an unbelievable show from the Georgia Dome yesterday afternoon, with the Bulldogs falling just short as time expired. A completed pass to Chris Conley with less than :05 to go sealed the game for Alabama, who will now move on to play Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game in Miami. The game went back and forth throughout the night, with Alabama relying heavily on the running of Eddie Lacy who had a brilliant game (20 carries, 181 yards, 2 TDs).

After a brutal, hard-hitting, back and forth game, with the momentum slipping away and down four points, Georgia managed to get the ball back with 1:08 remaining. They suddenly found themselves rushing towards the Alabama end zone as the clock ticked down, and from the 8-yard line, QB Aaron Murray had his pass tipped as he was looking at a receiver near the goal line. Another Dawg receiver came down with the tipped pass, running out the clock, and sealing UGA's fate as SEC runner-up.

The game will go down as one of the most exciting in SEC and college football history. It included long TD passes, a blocked FG returned for a TD, and six lead changes. The end of the game had me biting my fingernails and I didn't have a care in the world who even won!

My Top 25 didn't change a whole lot this week. Several teams near the back fell out, including TCU (who actually played a classic game with Oklahoma in their fifth loss of the season), and Kent State (who lost to NIU for loss number two). Nebraska got pummeled in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis when Wisconsin went off for 70 points. I wouldn't want to be Bo Pelini - or anyone lucky enough to be around Bo Pelini - for quite a few days.

Stanford won the Pac-12 title when they beat UCLA for the second time in a week - this time in the pouring rain at home. I see both of these programs as being a force to deal with in this league for quite some time.

In the Big 12, Kansas State wrapped up the league title by beating Texas, 42-24. The Wildcats will now play in the BCS, exactly which game to be announced tonight.

Here is my Top 25 as we head into the bowl games...

1. Notre Dame (12-0) -

2. Alabama (12-1)

3. Ohio State (12-0)

4. Oregon (11-1)

5. Florida (11-1)

6. Kansas State (11-1)

7. Georgia (11-2)

8. Stanford (11-2)

9. LSU (10-2)

10. South Carolina (10-2)

11. Texas A&M (10-2)

12. Oklahoma (10-2)

13. Florida State (11-2)

14. Clemson (10-2)

15. Oregon State (8-3)

16. Northern Illinois (12-1)

17. Boise State (10-2)

18. UCLA (9-4)

19. Northwestern (9-3)

20. Louisville (10-2)

21. Penn State (8-4)

22. Michigan (8-4)

23. Wisconsin (8-5)

24. Utah State (10-2)

25. Nebraska (10-3)

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