The 2013 regular college football season came to a close – sans the Army-Navy game – and at first glance, the final two teams on top were the logical choices for the national championship. Still, there was some jostling of the polls as the season came to an end.
The biggest news was that the Auburn Tigers will take on the #1 and undefeated Florida State Seminoles in the National Championship game. The last time these two schools met in a bowl game was 25 years ago in 1989 when both clubs were 10-1 with the Seminoles winning a defensive struggle 13-7.
The conference championship contests moved one team out of the BCS title game, Ohio State whose undefeated year ended in the Big Ten championship with a loss to Michigan State. Also, Oklahoma State’s ‘Bedlam’ loss to rival Oklahoma knocked them out of a Big 12 title and BCS bowl. The same went for Missouri who couldn’t stay with Auburn in the SEC championship and lost out to a BCS bowl as well. In-turn, Oklahoma State and Missouri will play each other with a postseason consolation game in the Cotton Bowl.
Here is this Examiner’s final poll of the year.
1 Florida State
7 Michigan State
8 Ohio State
10 Oklahoma State
12 South Carolina
16 Arizona State
18 Fresno State
19 Central Florida
22 Texas A&M
23 Northern Illinois
Note that several teams who had better than expected records just missed the cut on the final poll including Duke, Cincinnati and Rice. Also, established teams like Texas, Miami (Fl) and Nebraska didn't quite make the final 2013 poll.