The Washington Times - January 9, 2009, 08:58AM

Florida is No. 1.

Utah is No. 2.

SEE RELATED:


Seems fair.

It still would have been nice to see Texas, rather than Oklahoma, play for the national title. Can’t have everything.

There’s still a case for the Longhorns at No. 2. One of them stems from the Ohio State backlash built up over the last two years. There’s so much of it that people don’t realize the Buckeyes are actually better this season than last. Go ahead and don’t believe that, and sure they lost an extra game along the way. But overall, they’re more capable than in 2007, and Texas ended the year with a victory of high quality.

Good enough for No. 2 here? Not quite. The top of the schedules is sufficiently close to give Utah the nod based on record. Routing Alabama can go a long way.

Here’s the full (final) 30, with all overtime games treated as ties:

No./Team

Adj. record 

AP 

Pvs. 

Notable Wins/Head-to-Head

1. Florida

13-1

1

2

* Alabama, Ga. And Okla. (N); lost to Miss. (H)

2. Utah

13-0

2

8

* Alabama (N); Oregon State  & TCU (H)

3. Texas

12-1

4

1

* Okla. & Ohio State (N); Okla. State (H)

4. Southern Cal

12-1

3

4

* Ohio St. (H), Penn St. (N); lost at Oregon St.

5. Oklahoma

12-2

5

3

* TCU and TT (H); lost to Texas and Fla. (N)

6. Alabama 

11-2-1

6

5

* Ga. (A); lost to Florida and Utah (N)

7. Texas Christian

11-2

7

13

* Boise St. (N); lost to Okla. & Utah (A)

8. Penn State

11-2

8

7

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

9. Boise State

12-1

11

9

* Oregon (A); lost to TCU (N)

10. Ohio State

10-3

9

10

* Lost to USC (A), Penn St. (H) and Texas (N)

11. Oregon

9-3-1

10

15

* Oregon State (A); Oklahoma State (N)

12. Georgia

10-3

13

16

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

13. Mississippi

9-4

14

18

* Florida (A), LSU (A) and Texas Tech (N)

14. Texas Tech

10-2-1

12

6

* Texas (H); lost to Okla. (A) and Ole Miss (N)

15. Virginia Tech

10-4

15

20

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

16. Oregon State

9-4

18

21

* USC and Cal (H); Pittsburgh (N)

17. Oklahoma St.

9-4

16

11

* Lost to Oregon (N); 0-3 vs. Big 12 S powers

18. Georgia Tech

9-4

22

12

* Florida State (H) and Georgia (A)

19. Florida State

9-4

21

24

* Virginia Tech (H)

20. Iowa

9-4

20

26

* Penn State (H), South Carolina (N)

21. Cincinnati

10-3-1

17

14

* Pittsburgh (H); OTW at West Virginia

22. Michigan St.

9-4

24

22

* Iowa (H) and Northwestern (A)

23. California

9-4

26

28

* Oregon (H)

24. Pittsburgh

8-4-1

27

22

* West Virginia (H); OTW at Notre Dame

25. Missouri

9-4-1

19

29

* Nebraska (A) and Northwestern (N)

26. Nebraska

9-3-1

29

NR

* Kansas (H), Clemson (N)

27. West Virginia

9-2-2

23

NR

* OTL vs. Cincinnati and at Colorado

28. Tulsa

11-3

30

NR

* Rice (H), Ball State (N)

29. Louisiana St.

8-4-1

28

NR

* Georgia Tech (N); OTL vs. Alabama

30. Northwestern

9-3-1

31

25

* Iowa (A); OTL vs. Missouri (N)

Patrick Stevens