Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25: Final Poll

After Yet Another Title Game Win, Alabama Takes its Place in the History Books

After Yet Another Title Game Win, Alabama Takes its Place in the History Books

Another great year of college football, another unfortunately forgettable title game. While we can’t necessarily count Notre Dame as an ACC team officially, it still stings a bit to see the Irish get so thoroughly throttled last night. Regardless of what Alabama coach Nick Saban says, the Crimson Tide are a dynasty and they proved it on Monday. Congratulations to them, and let’s all collectively make an effort to end the SEC streak next year, since we failed so miserably again in 2012.

Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25 (Final Poll)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1) (LW: 3) (First-place votes: 6)

2. Oregon Ducks (12-1) (LW: 5)

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0) (LW: 2)

4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-1) (LW: 1)

5. Georgia Bulldogs (12-2) (LW: 7)

6. Stanford Cardinal (12-2) (LW: 8)

7. Texas A&M Aggies (11-2) (LW: 10)

8. Florida State Seminoles (12-2) (LW: 13)

9. South Carolina Gamecocks (11-2) (LW: 11)

10. Clemson Tigers (11-2) (LW: 14)

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Final Hypothetical College Football Playoffs 2012

Would a 4- or 16-Team Playoff Crown the Ducks as Champions At Last?

Would a 4- or 16-Team Playoff Crown the Ducks as Champions At Last?

Now that the dream of a playoff has turned into a reality (following the 2014 season), this realistic-but-still-hypothetical-for-two-years feature actually has some outside guidelines to follow: four teams, two semifinal spots and then a championship game. We currently have no clue how teams will be determined, how polls will be released, or who will put them together. So with that in mind, we’re going with the BCS rankings (courtesy of BCSGuru for teams outside of top 25), for lack of an on-hand committee to spit out a detailed list. We’ll also fill in the major bowl games also slated to be part of the playoff structure. Additionally, for our own enjoyment, you’ll find a 16-team hypothetical tournament below, too. Just because it’s too much fun not to think about.

If the Four-Team Playoff Started This Year…

Fiesta Bowl (semifinal): #1 Notre Dame vs. #4 Oregon

Sugar Bowl (semifinal): #2 Alabama vs. #3 Florida

National Championship: #4 Oregon over #2 Alabama

Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. LSU

Cotton Bowl: Kansas State vs. Texas A&M

Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Wisconsin

Chick-fil-a Bowl: Georgia vs. Northern Illinois

While the real-life national title game should be a fun matchup of two elite defenses, it’s great to see we’d be able to realize everyone’s dream matchup here (Oregon vs. Alabama). As has been the case in every one of these projections, the SEC would have a monopoly on the at-large bids.

If There Was a 16 Team Playoff…

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25: Final Regular Season Poll

After a Big Overtime Win in the MAC Title Game, NIU's Headed to the BCS

After a Big Overtime Win in the MAC Title Game, NIU’s Headed to the BCS

As is customary, we’ll be bringing you a new take on the top 25 teams in the country each Monday during the regular season. And on the final Saturday of the year, we ended up confirming what we all feared: a Notre Dame/Alabama title game that promises to be among the most haughty, pseudo-historical events you’ve ever witnessed. Disagree at all? Feel free to share that with us below (respectfully, of course).

Atlantic Coast Convos 2012 Top 25 (End of Regular Season)

1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-0) (LW: 1) (First-place votes: 4)

2. Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0) (LW: 2)

3. Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) (LW: 3)

4. Florida Gators (11-1) (LW: 6)

5. Oregon Ducks (11-1) (LW: 4)

6. Kansas State Wildcats (11-1) (LW: 7)

7. Georgia Bulldogs (11-2) (LW: 5)

8. Stanford Cardinal (11-2) (LW: 8)

9. LSU Tigers (10-2) (LW: 9)

10. Texas A&M Aggies (10-2) (LW: 10)

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Hypothetical College Football Playoffs 2012: Week 14

Another Oregon/Stanford Classic? Sign Me Up.

Now that the dream of a playoff has turned into a reality (following the 2014 season), this realistic-but-still-hypothetical-for-two-years feature actually has some outside guidelines to follow: four teams, two semifinal spots and then a championship game. We currently have no clue how teams will be determined, how polls will be released, or who will put them together. So with that in mind, we’re going with the BCS rankings (courtesy of BCSGuru for teams outside of top 25), for lack of an on-hand committee to spit out a detailed list. We’ll also fill in the major bowl games also slated to be part of the playoff structure. Additionally, for our own enjoyment, you’ll find a 16-team hypothetical tournament below, too. Just because it’s too much fun not to think about.

If the Four-Team Playoff Started This Year…

Fiesta Bowl (semifinal): #1 Notre Dame vs. #4 Florida

Sugar Bowl (semifinal): #2 Alabama vs. #3 Georgia

National Championship: #2 Alabama over #1 Notre Dame

Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Texas A&M

Cotton Bowl: Kansas State vs. Oregon

Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Nebraska

Chick-fil-a Bowl: LSU vs. Kent State

The SEC, as one might expect, grabs a ton of the premier bowl spots, increasing their respective payout far beyond what the other conferences would receive. In this scenario, out of all of the power conferences, the SEC receives five bids, while the only other conference with more than one is the Pac-12 (two).

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Atlantic Coast Convos Far-Too-Early 2012 Top 25 (April 10)

The Current Controversy Lingering Around Arkansas and Head Coach Bobby Petrino Caused The Hogs to Fall This Month

Once every month until college football returns, this blog will be posting a top 25 ranking list that (similar to the polls that decide who plays in the National Championship Game) matter very little overall. Obviously, these can change based on new recruits, depth chart changes and other, unpredictable off-the-field factors. Disagree with these? (likely) Share your thoughts below.

Atlantic Coast Convos Top 25 (Far-Too-Early for 2012: April 10 Edition)

1. USC Trojans (LW: 1)

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (LW: 2)

3. LSU Tigers (LW: 3)

4. Oklahoma Sooners (LW: 4)

5. Florida State Seminoles (LW: 5)

6. Michigan Wolverines (LW: 6)

7. Michigan State Spartans (LW: 7)

8. Clemson Tigers (LW: 8)

9. West Virginia Mountaineers (LW: 9)

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Atlantic Coast Convos Far-Too-Early 2012 Top 25 (February 15)

The USC Trojans Are Still Looking Good As Our Number-One Team Going Into 2012

Once every month until college football returns, this blog will be posting a top 25 ranking list that (similar to the polls that decide who plays in the National Championship Game) matter very little overall. Obviously, these can change based on who declares for the draft, new recruits and other, unpredictable off-the-field factors. Disagree with these? (likely) Share your thoughts below.

Atlantic Coast Convos Top 25 (Far-Too-Early for 2012: Feb.15 Edition)

1. USC Trojans (LW: 1)

2. Alabama Crimson Tide (LW: 3)

3. LSU Tigers (LW: 2)

4. Oklahoma Sooners (LW: 4)

5. Florida State Seminoles (LW: 10)

6. West Virginia Mountaineers (LW: 5)

7. Clemson Tigers (LW: 9)

8. Oregon Ducks (LW: 6)

9. Michigan State Spartans (LW: 7)

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Atlantic Coast Convos Far-Too-Early 2012 Top 25 (January 19)

USC and QB Matt Barkley Hold the Top Spot in Our Early 2012 Rankings

Once every month until college football returns, this blog will be posting a top 25 ranking list that (similar to the polls that decide who plays in the National Championship Game) matter very little overall. Obviously, these can change based on who declares for the draft, new recruits and other, unpredictable off-the-field factors. Disagree with these? (likely) Share your thoughts below.

Atlantic Coast Convos Top 25 (Far-Too-Early for 2012: Jan. 19 Edition)

1. USC Trojans (LW: 5)

2. LSU Tigers (LW: 2)

3. Alabama Crimson Tide (LW: 1)

4. Oklahoma Sooners (LW: 20)

5. West Virginia Mountaineers (LW: 17)

6. Oregon Ducks (LW: 4)

7. Michigan State Spartans (LW: 11)

8. Michigan Wolverines (LW: 12)

9. Clemson Tigers (LW: 21)

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