The Final Book Top 20: January 20, 2014

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State captures the Book National Title, all 125 teams ranked as the season closes

The BCS crowned its final national champion in Pasadena, with Florida State coming from behind to beat Auburn, 34-31.  The Book however was a front runner in seeing the Noles as title contenders, as FSU spent eight weeks overall including the past six in a row as the number one team in the poll.

The closeness of the final game allowed Auburn to climb all the way from number six up to two.

Boston College on the other hand took a big dip.  The Eagles blowout loss to Arizona cost them dearly, dropping them all the way down to #73 in the country.  Arizona on the other hand, finished #33.

Against the spread for the bowl games, the Book struggled a bit, going 14-18-1 (.439) with two the same as the Vegas spread, finishing a very respectable 371-318-10 (.536) with 42 the same for the season.  This marks the sixth consecutive winning season against the spread for the Book.

Below you will find the final National Rankings from 1-125 as well as the combined College Football Rankings from the Kenneth Massey site. It is interesting to note how many of the teams were either right on the money when compared to the book or certainly within five spots.  BC was a notable exception finishing 62nd in the Massey poll, I think we would all agree, much more indicative of their true ranking.

I am working on a second set of power rankings for 2014, which I hope will offer a view more like the national polls, so one poll will be used against the spread and one for rankings.

I do hope you enjoyed checking this out now and then.

Until next football season!

THE FINAL NATIONAL RANKINGS 1-125
RANK TEAM REC MASSEY
1 Florida St. Seminoles 14-0 1
2 Auburn Tigers 12-2 2
3 Stanford Cardinal 11-3 6
4 Michigan St. Spartans 13-1 4
5 Oklahoma Sooners 11-2 10
6 Alabama Crimson Tide 11-2 3
7 South Carolina Gamecocks 11-2 8
8 Oregon Ducks 11-2 7
9 Ohio St. Buckeyes 12-2 11
10 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 10-3 14
11 Missouri Tigers 12-2 5
12 Clemson Tigers 11-2 12
13 Baylor Bears 11-2 9
14 UCLA Bruins 10-3 13
15 Wisconsin Badgers 9-4 21
16 Louisville Cardinals 12-1 18
17 Arizona St. Sun Devils 10-4 16
18 Washington Huskies 9-4 19
19 LSU Tigers 10-3 15
20 USC Trojans 10-4 22
21 Texas A&M Aggies 9-4 20
22 Bowling Green Falcons 10-4 43
23 North Carolina Tar Heels 7-6 45
24 Kansas St. Wildcats 8-5 27
25 Georgia Bulldogs 8-5 23
26 Central Florida Knights 12-1 17
27 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 9-4 24
28 Oregon St. Beavers 7-6 40
29 Utah State Aggies 9-5 42
30 Iowa Hawkeyes 8-5 30
31 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 7-6 32
32 Mississippi Rebels 8-5 25
33 Arizona Wildcats 8-5 26
34 Duke Blue Devils 10-4 28
35 Texas Longhorns 8-5 29
36 BYU Cougars 8-5 34
37 Marshall Thundering Herd 10-4 53
38 Boise St. Broncos 8-5 54
39 North Texas Mean Green 9-4 56
40 Vanderbilt Commodores 9-4 31
41 Nebraska Cornhuskers 9-4 35
42 Northern Illinois Huskies 12-2 36
43 Michigan Wolverines 7-6 41
44 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 7-6 44
45 Fresno St. Bulldogs 11-2 33
46 Houston Cougars 8-5 49
47 Penn St. Nittany Lions 7-5 50
48 TCU Horned Frogs 4-8 66
49 Colorado St. Rams 8-6 73
50 Texas Tech Red Raiders 8-5 39
51 Navy Midshipmen 9-4 47
52 Minnesota Golden Gophers 8-5 49
53 Cincinnati Bearcats 9-4 60
54 East Carolina Pirates 10-3 46
55 Pittsburgh Panthers 7-6 52
56 Washington St. Cougars 6-7 56
57 Florida Gators 4-8 63
58 Syracuse Orange 7-6 59
59 Miami Hurricanes 9-4 36
60 Utah Utes 5-7 51
61 Northwestern Wildcats 5-7 69
62 Virginia Tech Hokies 8-5 38
63 Rice Owls 10-4 57
64 Ball St. Cardinals 10-3 58
65 Maryland Terrapins 7-6 67
66 Buffalo Bulls 8-5 75
67 Toledo Rockets 7-5 64
68 Indiana Hoosiers 5-7 65
69 Arkansas Razorbacks 3-9 82
70 Tennessee Volunteers 5-7 61
71 San Diego St. Aztecs 8-5 68
72 Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners 7-5 72
73 Boston College Eagles 7-6 62
74 South Alabama Jaguars 6-6 78
75 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 4-8 84
76 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 8-4 71
77 Florida Atlantic Owls 6-6 79
78 UNLV Rebels 7-6 81
79 San Jose St. Spartans 6-6 76
80 Arkansas St. Red Wolves 8-5 73
81 Illinois Fighting Illini 4-8 85
82 Nevada Wolf Pack 4-8 93
83 Connecticut Huskies 3-9 102
84 Temple Owls 2-10 106
85 Louisiana Ragin Cajuns 9-4 70
86 Middle Tenn. St. Blue Raiders 8-5 77
87 Tulane Green Wave 7-6 80
88 Iowa St. Cyclones 3-9 87
89 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 6-7 88
90 SMU Mustangs 5-7 89
91 West Virginia Mountaineers 4-8 83
92 Kent St. Golden Flashes 4-8 98
93 Central Michigan Chippewas 6-6 99
94 Colorado Buffaloes 4-8 86
95 Troy Trojans 6-6 90
96 Ohio Bobcats 7-6 91
97 N.C. State Wolfpack 3-9 94
98 Kentucky Wildcats 2-10 97
99 Memphis Tigers 3-9 103
100 ULM Warhawks 6-6 92
101 Akron Zips 5-7 95
102 Virginia Cavaliers 2-10 96
103 Kansas Jayhawks 3-9 100
104 South Florida Bulls 2-10 108
105 Wyoming Cowboys 5-7 104
106 Purdue Boilermakers 1-11 111
107 Hawaii Warriors 1-11 110
108 Tulsa Golden Hurricane 3-9 105
109 Texas State Bobcats 6-6 101
110 California Golden Bears 1-11 107
111 New Mexico Lobos 3-9 109
112 Army Black Knights 3-9 112
113 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 4-8 113
114 Western Michigan Broncos 1-11 119
115 Air Force Falcons 2-10 114
116 Georgia St. Panthers 0-12 121
117 UAB Blazers 2-10 115
118 New Mexico St. Aggies 2-10 116
119 UTEP Miners 2-10 117
120 Idaho Vandals 1-11 118
121 Southern Miss. Golden Eagles 1-11 123
122 Fla. International Golden Panthers 1-11 124
123 Miami RedHawks 0-12 125
124 UMass Minutemen 1-11 122
125 Eastern Michigan Eagles 2-10 120

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