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Auburn on top of my final regular season ballot

Cam Newton and Auburn are my number one. Getty Images.

The Examiner Top 25 is a ranking established by voting writers on Below is my Top 25 for the final week of the regular season.

  1. Auburn – The SEC champions breezed by South Carolina in the SEC Championship game on Saturday, setting the stage for what could be a high scoring affair in the BCS Championship game against…
  2. Oregon – The Quack Attack doesn’t need a Flying V to prove just how mighty they are. After digging an early hole against rival Oregon State in The Civil War the Ducks roared back to put the finishing touches on an undefeated record for the first time in program history. Oregon moves on to play Auburn.
  3. TCU – They tried and they were hoping, but nothing went in favor for the Horned Frogs on Saturday with both Oregon and Auburn winning while TCU was sitting and watching at home. A 12-0 record for a second straight season is still good to punch a ticket to the Rose Bowl to face one of the three Big Ten champions
  4. Wisconsin – The Badgers are in favor of the Big Ten’s tiebreakers for more than two teams as it allows them, courtesy of the highest BCS ranking in the conference, will send the Badgers back to Pasadena for the firts time since the 2000 Rose Bowl.
  5. Stanford – The Cardinal, who played Wisconsin in the previously mentioned Rose Bowl, will fly across the country to play in the Orange Bowl against ACC champion Virginia Tech. I like their chances if they don’t suffer from any jet lag. Andrew Luck is the real deal and this could be his elite showcase game.
  6. Oklahoma – Though the Sooners fell short of my preseason BCS Championship game prediction they did defend the Big 12’s honor by defeating BigTen bound Nebraska in the final installment of the Big 12 championship game, for now. Now can Big Game Bob pick up a BCS bowl victory? Sooners have lost five straight in the BCS.
  7. Arkansas – Ryan Mallett and company could give Ohio State some problems in the Sugar Bowl with the passing game, but Arkansas is just happy that South Carolina lost in the sEC Championship game. Had the Gamecocks won the Razorbacks would be left to play in the Capital One Bowl or Chick-fil-A Bowl.
  8. Ohio State – If it’s January the Buckeyes are probably in a BCS game. That’s the case this time as Ohio State returns to the Superdome, where they last lost the BCS Championship against LSU. Also of note, the Buckeyes have never defetaed an SEC team. This would be as good a time as ever to buck that trend.
  9. Michigan State – Poor Sparty goes 11-1 and wins a share of the Big Ten title and they still get the raw end of the deal. Not that playing against the defending BCS Champions (Alabama) in the Capital One Bowl is exactly a bad thing.
  10. Boise State – I hear you. The Broncos blew their chances to be respected on a national level against Nevada, but I still think this is a pretty good team. Things just did not play out in their favor to receive an at-large to the BCS this year. I think they could hang with anybody ranked ahead of them though. Honestly.
  11. Virginia Tech
  12. Missouri
  13. Nevada
  14. Oklahoma State
  15. Texas A&M
  16. Alabama
  17. LSU
  18. Nebraska
  19. South Carolina
  20. West Virginia
  21. Central Florida
  22. Utah
  23. Mississippi State
  24. Florida State
  25. Connecticut

For the compiled Examiner Top 25 rankings, click here.

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Kevin McGuire
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