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!