I considered it briefly, but was not one of the four Associated Press College Football Poll voters to put the only undefeated team in FBS at No. 1 in the final poll.
I put UCF at No. 2, right after the winner of the four-team playoff to which it had no access. I was tempted to put the Knights at No. 1 to make a statement that the tournament really should be an eight-team affair. But I am convinced that Alabama is the best team in college football after its thrilling 26-23 overtime victory over Georgia.
We will never know if No. 2 is too high or too low for UCF. As another note, Alabama and Georgia both lost to Auburn, which UCF beat.
I’m still stunned by true freshman Tua Tagovailoa‘s performance coming off the bench at halftime to lead the Tide’s comeback win. I’ll have something to say about it later, but right now I’m still trying to process one of the most incredible things I’ve seen in 50 years of watching sports.
Here is how I voted:
5. Ohio State
8. Penn State
12. Notre Dame
13. Oklahoma State
18. Michigan State
19. South Florida
22. Boise State
24. Florida Atlantic
Go here for the complete final AP poll.