The Washington Times - December 4, 2011, 10:39AM

The Harris poll releases its final ballots after the BCS pairings are announced, but here’s one of the 100-plus top 25s filed today.

The biggest issue, of course, is whether Alabama or Oklahoma State warrants the No. 2 spot. And the truth of the matter is that thanks to college football’s laughably lousy way of choosing a national champion,


The question is this: Does having a superior best day (Alabama over Arkansas) and a less egregious loss trump a better set of victories from two through 10?

The next question is this: How in the world is this a good way to determine who plays for a national title?

My first answer is yes by a hair, but anyone who believes otherwise should be respected. What should not be respected: Arguments such as “Alabama’s in the SEC” or “Oklahoma State deserves their shot.”

My second answer is “it isn’t”

Anyway, here’s a top 25. The Harris poll doesn’t permit Southern California to be included because the Trojans are ineligible for postseason play, but Lane Kiffin‘s team is noted here for the purposes of thoroughness:

1. Louisiana State
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma State
4. Stanford
5. Arkansas

6. Southern California
6a. Oregon
7. Boise State
8. South Carolina
9. Wisconsin
10. Michigan State

11. Kansas State
12. Michigan
13. Baylor
14. Clemson
15. Oklahoma

16. Virginia Tech
17. Texas Christian
18. Georgia
19. Nebraska
20. Notre Dame

21. Penn State
22. West Virginia
23. Georgia Tech
24. Southern Mississippi
25. Houston

—- Patrick Stevens