Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban holds the Coaches Trophy after the 2013 BCS Championship game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sun Life Stadium. Alabama won 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

HogManInLA Final 2012 College Football Poll


The 2012 college football season ended with a resounding bang on Monday as Alabama won their second straight BCS National Championship beating Notre Dame 42-14 in Miami. Alabama’s win wraps up the seventh straight national championship win for the SEC on college football’s biggest stage.

The SEC top to bottom faired well, 6-3, but not as strongly as some may have predicted during the bowl season. No. 21 Louisville stuck it to then No. 3 Florida 33-23 in the Sugar Bowl, No. 8 LSU gave one away against No. 14 Clemson 25-24 (Les Miles will never learn), and Mississippi State could not make the second half adjustments to beat No. 20 Northwestern losing 34-20; posing the question will Dan Mullen ever turn the corner in Starkville?

Vanderbilt, Mississippi, and Texas A&M all looked strong in their bowl games. Georgia and South Carolina were a bit sluggish but eventually got the job done.

The Big 10 got pushed around finishing with a 2-5 bowl record with Northwestern and Michigan State providing the only two wins for the conference. How Ohio State and Penn State would have faired in bowl games one will never know, but since they were not eligible for bowl games their absence really does not matter.

The Pac-12 was exactly average after their bowl games were over going 4-4. The losses outshined the wins for the Pac-12 with USC dropping a game to lowly Georgia Tech (6-7 going into the Sun Bowl), UCLA was ran out of the Holiday Bowl by Baylor 49-26, and Oregon State could not stop Texas in the second half losing 31-27 in a home game at the Alamo Bowl.

Fans of the Big 12 came up short finishing the bowl season 4-5; not bad that 9 of the 10 conference members went bowling… sorry KU fans. The Big 12 lost their big games, Kansas State vs. Oregon and Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma, but got a nice win from Texas over Oregon State and a shocker with Baylor manhandling UCLA.

The ACC finished with a 4-2 record and scored two signature wins, Clemson over LSU and Georgia Tech over USC.

The Big East may have scored the biggest surprise with Louisville over Florida. Rutgers disappointed against Virginia Tech but Syracuse got a nice win over a West Virginia team that fell apart the last half of the season. Overall the Big East went 3-2.

With the talent coming back for the 2013 season one can expect Alabama to be preseason No. 1 with Texas A&M and Oregon close behind.

 

HogManInLA’s Final 2012 Top 25 College Football Poll  

1. Alabama 13-1

2. Texas A&M 11-2

3. Oregon 12-1

4. Georgia 12-2

5. Ohio State 12-0

6. Notre Dame 12-1

7. Florida 11-2

8. Stanford 12-2

9. South Carolina 11-2

10. Florida State 12-2

11. Clemson 11-2

12. Louisville 11-2

13. LSU 10-3

14. Kansas State 11-2

15. Oklahoma 10-3

16. Vanderbilt 9-4

17. Utah State 11-2

18. Boise State 11-2

19. Texas 9-4

20. San Jose State 11-2

21. Northwestern 10-3

22. Oregon State 9-4

23. Arkansas State 9-3

24. Northern Illinois 12-2

25. Tulsa 11-3

New to the Poll:

No. 19 Texas

No. 21 Northwestern

No. 25 Tulsa

 

Dropped Out of Poll:

No. 22 Nebraska

No. 23 Wisconsin

No. 24 Kent State

 

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