The Washington Times - December 7, 2008, 08:35AM

Rarely is there a year in which a playoff would work so perfectly in college football.

Of course, it would almost always work out better than the system conceived a little more than a decade ago. It’s just that the number of worthy teams would fit almost perfectly with an eight-team grid.

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Ultimately, there could be some bickering about Boise State’s exclusion. But imagine this bracket, with teams juggled a little bit from the rankings below to avoid conference matchups in the opening round:

* (1) Texas vs. (8) Utah
* (4) Southern California vs. (5) Alabama
* (3) Oklahoma vs. (6) Penn State
* (2) Florida vs. (7) Texas Tech

That would be fun.

Instead, there will be hand-wringing in Austin tonight, and rightfully so. Then again, politicking has helped the Longhorns in the past, so it’s not worth crying for Mack Brown and friends when Texas is shipped to the Fiesta Bowl.

The opinion here remains the head-to-head victory for Texas against Oklahoma should matter quite a bit, especially since it came on a neutral field. That said, those nonconference wins – Texas Christian and Cincinnati – look pretty good for the Sooners right now.

As for Florida, it got precisely what it needed late in the season – a bunch of convincing victories, a defeat of a top-10 team (Alabama) and the rapid improvement of the one team that managed to knock off the Gators (Ole Miss).

Anyway, here’s the final regular-season rankings, with all overtime games treated as ties (as usual):

EDIT: AP rankings added at 2:02 p.m.

No./Team

Adj. record 

AP 

Pvs. 

Notable Wins/Head-to-Head

1. Texas

11-1

3

2

* Okla. (N); Okla. State (H); lost at TT

2. Florida

12-1

1

4

* Alabama and Ga. (N); lost to Miss. (H)

3. Oklahoma

12-1

2

3

* TCU, Texas Tech (H); OSU (A); lost to Texas

4. Southern Cal

11-1

5

5

* Ohio State (H); lost at Oregon State

5. Alabama

11-1-1

4

1

* Georgia (A); OTW at LSU; lost to Fla. (N)

6. Texas Tech 

10-1-1

8

6

* Texas and Okla. St. (H); lost at Okla.

7. Penn State

11-1

6

7

* Ohio St. (A), Oregon St. (H); lost at Iowa

8. Utah

12-0

7

8

* Oregon State , TCU and BYU (H)

9. Boise State

12-0

9

9

* Oregon (A)

10. Ohio State

10-2

10

10

* Michigan State (A)

11. Oklahoma State

9-3

13

11

* Missouri (A); 0-3 vs. Big 12 South powers

12. Georgia Tech

9-3

14

12

* Florida State (H), BC and Georgia (A)

13. Texas Christian

10-2

11

13

* BYU (H); lost at Oklahoma and Utah

14. Cincinnati

10-2-1

12

14

* Pittsburgh (H); OTW at West Virginia

15. Oregon

8-3-1

15

17

* Oregon State (A); OTW at Purdue

16. Georgia

9-3

16

18

* Lost to Bama and GT (H) , Florida (N)

17. Brigham Young

10-2

17

19

* Losses at Utah and TCU

18. Mississippi

8-4

20

20

* Florida (A) and Louisiana State (A)

19. Michigan State

9-3

19

21

* Iowa (H) and Northwestern (A)

20. Virginia Tech

9-4

21

28

* UNC and Nebraska (A); GT (H); BC (N)

21. Oregon State

8-4

23

23

* USC (H); lost to Oregon (H)

22. Pittsburgh

8-3-1

18

24

* West Virginia (H)

23. Boston College

9-4

27

16

* FSU (A) and VT (H); lost to GT (H), VT (N)

24. Florida State

8-4

28

23

* VT (H); lost to GT (A) and BC (H)

25. Northwestern

9-3

22

26

* Iowa (A)

26. Iowa

8-4

26

27

* Penn State (H)

27. Ball State

12-1

24

15

* WMU (H) and CMU (A); lost to Buffalo (N)

28. California

8-4

31

NR

* Oregon (H)

29. Missouri

9-4

25

25

* Nebraska (A)

30. North Carolina

8-3-1

NR

30

* Honorary D1scourse 30 ACC slot

Patrick Stevens