My vote: Bama No. 1, UCF No. 2

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:

1. Alabama
2. UCF
3. Georgia
4. Oklahoma
5. Ohio State
6. Wisconsin
7. Clemson
8. Penn State
9. Auburn
10. TCU
11. Miami
12. Notre Dame
13. Oklahoma State
14. USC
15. LSU
16. Stanford
17. Northwestern
18. Michigan State
19. South Florida
20. Washington
21. Memphis
22. Boise State
23. Troy
24. Florida Atlantic
25. Army

Go here for the complete final AP poll.


  1. Shadow January 9, 2018 5:47 am

    Absolutely agree w/ your no. 1 & 2!
    Milton – MVP in his bowl!
    Tua – MVP in his bowl!
    Marcus – MVP versus the Patriots? That would be so sweet. Go Titans!

  2. KOH I NOR January 9, 2018 7:58 am

    Milton, Mckenzie,…Mililani, Honolulu

    Tagovailoa, Tua,…Waialae, Honolulu

    I agree too. Looks like two MVP candidates to me. And go Warriors.

  3. What? January 9, 2018 8:47 am

    College football at its best. It’s too bad that UCF was never part of the discussion for the playoffs. I think if Alabama played UCF with Jalen Hurts as Bama’s QB, UCF would have a chance to win. But, with what Tua showed last night if he starts for Bama against UCF, Bama wins. Of course, we will never know.

    Prior to the BCS era, the national title was known as the mythical national champions. Since half of the teams in the FBS has zero chance to be part of the College football playoff and the NCAA does not officially recognize a national champion for FBS football, can we still call the FBS national championship as a mythical national champion?

    It was a great showing for Hawaii QB’s Milton and Tagavailoa this college football season. Also, Mariota with the Titans leading them to their 1st playoff win in years in the NFL was not to bad as well. All of you has made Hawaii proud!


    Before last nights game, I thought UCF should be the national champions with their undefeated record. But, after watching what Bama did with Tua at QB in the 2nd half, I got to say, Bama sure looks like the number one team in the FBS.

  4. Mauian5 January 9, 2018 9:33 am

    Don’t forget the QB from Pearl City who played for Ole Miss.

  5. Tim January 9, 2018 1:26 pm

    Have something against Mississippi State? They did finish with the same record as LSU and beat them 37-7 during the year yet you leave them out of your poll and place LSU at 15.

    Losses to Bama, Georgia, Auburn and Ole Miss (who reversed the MSU QBs ankle to be good sports) just says unranked to you I guess?

  6. Trevor Caulkins January 9, 2018 4:14 pm

    Where’s Mississippi State?

  7. What? January 9, 2018 5:41 pm

    Yes, sorry forgot him. Taamu was great also. Nice to see Hawaii represented well in college and the NFL with HawaiI players.

  8. Coach A January 9, 2018 6:31 pm

    KOH I NOR, Tagovailoa family from Waialae? I thought Ewa Beach?

  9. What? January 9, 2018 9:55 pm

    Yeah I also thought Tagovailoa’s were from Ewa Beach?

    Waialae?!?!….St Louis School is on Waialae. I guess that was it…

  10. Lowtone123 January 10, 2018 4:27 pm

    #6 In Starksville, MS (just kidding).

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