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1. Oregon (12-0): The Ducks wrapped up their undefeated regular season in spectacular fashion. Looking back to the start of the year, I knew this team would be ultra-talented, but I thought the loss of Jeremiah Masoli would hurt a whole lot more than it did. All the credit in the world goes to Chip Kelly for weathering the storm… Next: BCS Title Game vs. Auburn

2. Auburn (13-0): The Tigers proved their doubters wrong all year long. Are they the best team in the country? They’ll have a chance to prove it come January 10th against Oregon. One thing is for sure, and that’s that Cam Newton is the best player in the country. Say what you will about his off-the-field issues, but Newton is absolutely priceless for this Auburn team… Next: BCS Title Game vs. Oregon

3. TCU (12-0): The Horned Frogs wrapped up another brilliant regular season, yet they’ve been left out in the cold in regards to the BCS Title Game. These things happen when you deal with the system that’s currently in place – but it doesn’t take away from the phenomenal season that TCU had… Next: Rose Bowl vs. Wisconsin

4. Wisconsin (11-1): Sure enough, the Badgers got the nod for the Rose Bowl thanks to finishing with a higher BCS ranking than both Michigan State and Ohio State. Bret Bielema has done an outstanding job re-establishing the hard-nosed culture of Wisconsin football. I smell a Rose Bowl victory in their near future… Next: Rose Bowl vs. TCU

5. Stanford (11-1): The Cardinal flew under the radar all season long thanks to their low profile and the success of fellow Pac 10 mate Oregon. However, when it was all said and done they were one of the precious few teams to receive a BCS at-large big – and it was well-deserved to say the least… Next: Orange Bowl vs. Virginia Tech

6. Ohio State (11-1): It’s funny to think of what could have been for the Buckeyes had they not slipped up in Madison a month ago. It’s pointless now, but the bottom line is instead of going to the National Championship Game or the Rose Bowl, they are relegated to an at-large bid to the Sugar Bowl. Hey, it could be a lot worse!… Next: Sugar Bowl vs. Arkansas

7. Michigan State (11-1): If anybody got a raw deal when it comes to the BCS it’s these Spartans. They put together an unbelievable season filled with marquee wins – including a victory over Rose Bowl representative Wisconsin – yet Michigan State must settle for a lesser bowl outside of the BCS… Next: Capital One Bowl vs. Alabama

8. Arkansas (10-2): The Razorbacks were one of the big winners when it came to the BCS selection show. Playing in the tough SEC West, Arkansas scratched and clawed to one of the finest season’s in program history. Their reward is an at-large bid to the big-time. Well deserved… Next: Sugar Bowl vs. Ohio State

9. Oklahoma (10-2): Despite being a flawed team, the Sooners battled all season and found a way to just keep on winning. It wasn’t always pretty, but when you have Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles on your side you can cover up a lot of mistakes. You can’t help but be impressed with their Big 12 title win over Nebraska… Next: Fiesta Bowl vs. Connecticut

10. Boise State (11-1): The Broncos came a Kyle Brotzman chip-shot field goal away from making things very interesting in the BCS – But unfortunately for Kellen Moore and company their kicker choked, and any shot they may have had to take on another “big boy” on a big stage went flying out the window… Next: Las Vegas Bowl vs. Utah

Check back later in the week for my final Heisman rankings…

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