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Florida Gators dismantle the Ohio State Buckeyes

Those questioning whether or not the Florida Gators belonged in the BCS Championship game with the Buckeyes have been silenced.

The Gators handedly defeated the Buckeyes 41-14 in the championship game. It took an entire half just for the defense of the Buckeyes to adjust to the offensive onslought, while their offense never truely seemed to be in the game once Ginn (who opened the matchup with a 93 yard Kickoff return for TD) was sidelined with an injury.This is the second national title for the Gators (13-1). The Buckeyes finished their season with a 12-1 record.

With 64 first place votes (Boise State received the other), Florida finished #1 in the final AP Top 25 poll followed by Ohio State at #2, LSU at #3, USC at #4 and Boise State at #5.

The results were identical among the top 4 in the USA Today Poll, while Wisconsin was voted #5 instead of Boise State (#6).

The entire top 25 placements of the two polls follow below.

Week 17 AP Top 25 Poll

1. Florida (64) 13-1 1,624

2. Ohio State 12-1 1,492

3. LSU 11-2 1,452

4. USC 11-2 1,389

5. Boise State (1) 13-0 1,383

6. Louisville 12-1 1,338

7. Wisconsin 12-1 1,288

8. Michigan 11-2 1,145

9. Auburn 11-2 1,112

10. West Virginia 11-2 1,035

11. Oklahoma 11-3 933

12. Rutgers 11-2 884

13. Texas 10-3 772

14. California 10-3 697

15. Arkansas 10-4 677

16. Brigham Young 11-2 673

17. Notre Dame 10-3 553

18. Wake Forest 11-3 551

19. Virginia Tech 10-3 407

20. Boston College 10-3 353

21. Oregon State 10-4 291

22. TCU 11-2 279

23. Georgia 9-4 204

24. Penn State 9-4 183

25. Tennessee 9-4 181

 

 

Week 17 USA Today Poll

1. Florida (63) 13-1 1,575

2. Ohio State 12-1 1,435

3. LSU 11-2 1,418

4. USC 11-2 1,345

5. Wisconsin 12-1 1,328

6. Boise State 13-0 1,275

7. Louisville 12-1 1,270

8. Auburn 11-2 1,119

9. Michigan 11-2 1,092

10. West Virginia 11-2 1,012

11. Oklahoma 11-3 849

12. Rutgers 11-2 841

13. Texas 10-3 791

14. California 10-3 716

15. Brigham Young 11-2 615

16. Arkansas 10-4 592

17. Wake Forest 11-3 535

18. Virginia Tech 10-3 494

19. Notre Dame 10-3 485

20. Boston College 10-3 388

21. TCU 11-2 339

22. Oregon State 10-4 206

23. Tennessee 9-4 202

24. Hawaii 11-3 152

25. Penn State 9-4 142

  • George Buckholt

    The results of the BCS Championship Game scream of the need for a division 1A playoff series. Florida only made the show by a hair, and had they not, the game would have been played by two media darling Big 10 teams both of whom were decimated and exposed by playing bowl games with teams outside their obviously overated conference. As flawed as a playoff series may be, it could not come close to matching the flaws of the current system.