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Old 01-05-2005, 02:39 AM   #1
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Most people thought USC would win the Orange Bowl, but almost no one expected a blowout of this magnitude. Now, at season's end, name your top 10, or top 5, or 25, whatever you're feeling. Frankly, I think the Top 4 will be the most interesting part of people's lists. I would imagine everyone has USC and Auburn. But who are the other two, and what's your order?

I always like to wait at least a few days for perspective, but off the top of my head, I think a reasonable argument could be made:

1] Southern Cal
2] Utah
3] Auburn
4] Oklahoma
5] Texas
6] Louisville
7] Georgia
8] Cal
9] Virginia Tech
10] Iowa

I reserve the right to change my mind, but it's an interesting list.
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Old 01-05-2005, 04:13 AM   #2
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1) USC
2) Auburn
3) Oklahoma
4) Utah
5) Texas
6) Virginia Tech
7) Georgia
8) Cal
9) Louisville
10) Iowa
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Old 01-05-2005, 04:22 AM   #3
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Old 01-05-2005, 06:07 AM   #4
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1. USC
2. Auburn
3. Oklahoma
4. Texas
5. Utah
6. Louisville
7. Georgia
8. Virginia Tech
9. Iowa
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2. Auburn
3. Oklahoma
4. Texas
5. Utah
6. Louisville
7. Virginia Tech
8. Cal
9. Miami
10. Boise State
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1. USC
2. Auburn
3. Utah
4. Texas
5. Oklahoma
6. Louisville
7. Georgia
8. Iowa
9. Cal
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1] Southern Cal
[2] Utah
[2] Auburn
4] Oklahoma
5] Texas
6] Louisville
7] Georgia
8] Iowa
9] Virginia Tech
10] Miami
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1. USC
2. AUburn
3. Utah
4. Texas
5. Oklahoma
6. Louisvile
7. Iowa
8. Georgia
9. Boise State
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Go figure the AP put USC number one almost unanimously. Auburn got three votes. Utah was number four. Oklahoma was three.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/rankings?poll=1
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1. Auburn
1a. USC
2. Utah

Forget the rest. What an injustice.
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1. USC
2. Utah
3. Auburn
4. Cal (I think they are the fourth best team in the nation and, justly feeling gypped, went through the motions against TTU. Not very professional, but I understand and it's ridiculour Texas passed them).
5. Oklahoma
6. Texas
7. Louisville
8, Michigan
9. Iowa
10. Virginia Tech
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Old 01-05-2005, 06:00 PM   #12
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1. USC- I wanted every reason to put Auburn at #1. I feel they were screwed just as much as Penn State in '94. However, USC left no doubt in my mind that they are the best team in the nation. I bet Auburn would've played them closer but the Trojans still would've won.

2. Auburn- They deserve to call themselves national champions. No one can tell them otherwise. They beat everyone put in front of them and you can't ask more of that from any team. Despite the fact that Auburn isn't well represented on this board, I pity their fans. This system is a disgrace.

3. Utah- Pittsburgh was a worthless opponent. The Fiesta Bowl might as well have let Furman play the Utes, the score probably would've been closer.

4. Texas- Their only loss was to Oklahoma and damn near beat them. Sure, they had a close call against Kansas but that happens to every team (USC-Oregon State, Auburn-Alabama, etc.) during the course of the season. Had OU not been beaten so badly by USC they would earn this spot.

5. Oklahoma- Is Bob Stoops a big game coach? He's only 4-2 against Oklahoma State, a team that OU has traditionally dominated, and nearly lost to them this season. The Sooners crumbled against Kansas State and LSU last season and nearly melted again in 2004 against Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and then finally against USC.

6. Louisville- What could have been if the Cardinals could have held on against Miami? The world will never know...

7. Georgia- A somewhat disappointing season for a team with national championship expectations. They bounced back well after the loss to Tennessee. That lost cost college football fans a chance at a potentially great Auburn-Georgia SEC championship game.

8. Iowa- After a somewhat rocky start, the Hawkeyes finished strong and won a share of the Big Ten. Not bad for a team that was playing with their fifth string running back and couldn't crack double digits in Happy Valley.

9. California- A good team that stumbled. If Auburn could beat Virginia Tech after getting their dream crippled, Cal should've against Texas Tech.

10. Virginia Tech- I had a hard time putting Virginia Tech over Boise State. However, I underrated the Hokies all year so I'll put them in as a sympathy pick.

Here's the rest of my Top 25:

11. Boise State
12. Tennessee
13. Michigan
14. Miami
15. Florida State
16. Arizona State
17. LSU
18. Wisconsin
19. Texas Tech
20. Ohio State
21. Bowling Green
22. Fresno State
23. Northern Illinois
24. Boston College
25. Navy
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Old 01-05-2005, 06:17 PM   #13
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2. Auburn
3. Utah
4. Oklahoma
5. Texas
6. Louisville
7. Iowa
8. Cal
9. Michigan
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1.Auburn
1.USC
...who cares about the rest.


Just for everybody who put OU ahead of us all year, despite their squeak by wins against Ok.St. and TAMU (both romped on in bowl games), but criticized AU for beating UT (whooped the hell out of TAMU) by 10, and bama by 8, you can go screw yourselves. Leading up to the Orange Bowl, everybody said this could be this best title game ever and that the system worked with putting the 2 best teams in the game. Well, great job. What a hell of a game. We are calling ourselves national champs because voters were too ignorant to see that we deserved to be in that game because we were no doubt one of the top 2 teams, and we went out every single week and put on an absolute show, and anyone who says otherwise can kiss our ass. So, yes, Auburn 2004 National Champs in my book, and I really don't give a damn what anyone else says, because those are the same people who put OU in the Orange Bowl. Shame on you.
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^^^damn...someone's bitter.

And again I ask, this time in this thread, what makes you think a USC-Auburn rematch would be different than the 23-0 drubbing your boys took on their home turf last season, in a game the Tigers were favored to win? This Trojan team is arguably more talented, due to their ability to dominate with young, but extremely skilled players. I doubt Caddy and Brown would've fared any better against that monster interior force known as Patterson and Cody.

There's no ignorance regarding Oklahoma. They were undefeated too, you know...and deserved their chance to redeem their pathetic showing at the end of 2003-04 season. Auburn squeaked out a win at home against an LSU team that basically did the same against Oregon State...and in all honesty, did not post too many impressive wins, other than against Tennessee, who couldn't even stop Notre Dame at home. I'm sorry, but blame the ridiculous non-conference schedule your boys played for their undefeated, but non-national championship season.
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