CU:I Top 10 college football poll, final poll

(Beth Schonberger)
(Beth Schonberger)

Last Saturday’s SEC Championship game helped shuffle the top five in the final CU Independent Top 10 college football poll of the 2009 season.

Alabama unanimously takes the No. 1 spot after handing former No. 1 Florida its first loss of the season. The Gators fell four spots to No. 5.

Florida’s loss was the Longhorns’ gain as Texas moved from No. 3 to No. 2 in the poll. Cincinnati jumped over TCU to take the No. 3 ranking, beating the Horned Frogs out by one point.

Here is the rest of our Week 8 CU:I Top 10 college football poll as well as our ideal BCS bowl games:

No. 1 Alabama, 13-0, 70 points (7), last week No. 2: They are by lakes and rivers — and oceans — the best team in the nation. – Brent New, staff writer

No. 2 Texas, 13-0, 62 points, last week No. 3: Championship teams find ways to win and even though they shot themselves in the foot on multiple occasions in the Big 12 Conference Championship Game, they came up with a last-second 1-point win. – Michael Krumholtz, staff writer

No. 3 Cincinnati, 12-0, 51 points, last week No. 5: I was tempted to put either these guys or TCU in the title game against Alabama, but in the end, I couldn’t truthfully say that I think either are better teams than Texas. But I will leapfrog the Bearcats over the Horned Frogs because of the grit and heart they showed in coming back from 21 down in snowy Pittsburgh to stay undefeated. – David Starcer, CU:I men’s basketball beat writer

No. 4 TCU, 12-0, 50 points, last week No. 4: I’m guessing there was a loud, collective groan in Fort Worth, Texas when Hunter Lawrence hit the game-winning 46-yard field goal as time expired to lift Texas past Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship Game. – Cheng Sio, CU:I co-sports editor

No. 5 Florida, 12-1, 43 points, last week No. 1: The Gators’ run of 22 consecutive wins and their dreams of a national championship are no more. – Krumholtz

No. 6 Boise State, 13-0, 35 points, last week No. 6: The Broncos have been impressive, but they need a tougher schedule to start playing for national championships. – Ryan Callahan, staff writer

No. 7 Oregon, 10-2, 30 points, last week No. 7: Quack, quack, quack! What a game on Thursday night as both Oregon and Oregon State gave it their all in maybe the best rivalry game of the year. Their Civil War victory punched their ticket to the Rose Bowl, where Ohio State awaits. I hope they play just as hard in Pasadena, Calif. as they did in Eugene, Ore. – Starcer

No. 8 Ohio State, 10-2, 19 points, last week No. 8: Sure, you can slide into a BCS spot. Just keep your boring, pathetic offense and sweater vests to yourself. – New

No. 9 Georgia Tech, 11-2, 16 points, last week No. 9: The Yellow Jackets had a quiet season (at least from the national media perspective), but they did enough to punch their ticket to the Orange Bowl after being crowned ACC Champions. – Ron Knabenbauer, CU:I co-sports editor

No. 10 Iowa, 10-2, 6 points, last week No. 10: I’m too happy about the rest of the standings to really care about Iowa ending up in the Top 10, so good job Hawkeyes. – Kayla Cornett, staff writer

BCS bowl games we would love to see:

Ron Knabenbaur, CU:I co-sports editor

BCS National Championship: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 TCU

Rose Bowl: No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 8 Ohio State

Orange Bowl: No. 6 Boise State vs. No. 9 Georgia Tech

Sugar Bowl: No. 5 Florida vs. No. 10 Iowa

Fiesta Bowl: No. 2 Texas vs. No. 3 Cincinnati

Cheng Sio, CU:I co-sports editor

BCS National Championship: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Texas

Rose Bowl: No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 8 Ohio State

Orange Bowl: No. 4 TCU vs. No. 9 Georgia Tech

Sugar Bowl: No. 5 Florida vs. No. 10 Iowa

Fiesta Bowl: No. 3 Cincinnati vs. No. 6 Boise State

Ryan Callahan, staff writer

BCS National Championship: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Texas

Rose Bowl: No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 8 Ohio State

Orange Bowl: No. 9 Georgia Tech vs. No. 10 Iowa

Sugar Bowl: No. 3 Cincinnati vs. No. 5 Florida

Fiesta Bowl: No. 4 TCU vs. No. 6 Boise State

Kayla Cornett, staff writer

BCS National Championship: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Cincinnati

Rose Bowl: No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 8 Ohio State

Orange Bowl: No. 9 Georgia Tech vs. No. 10 Iowa

Sugar Bowl: No. 5 Florida vs. No. 6 Boise State

Fiesta Bowl: No. 2 Texas vs. No. 4 TCU

Michael Krumholtz, staff writer

BCS National Championship: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Texas

Rose Bowl: No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 8 Ohio State

Orange Bowl: No. 3 Cincinnati vs. No. 9 Georgia Tech

Sugar Bowl: No. 4 TCU vs. No. 5 Florida

Fiesta Bowl: No. 6 Boise State vs. 10. Iowa

Brent New, staff writer

BCS National Championship: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Texas

Rose Bowl: No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 8 Ohio State

Orange Bowl: No. 3 Cincinnati vs. No. 9 Georgia Tech

Sugar Bowl: No. 4 TCU vs. No. 5 Florida

Fiesta Bowl: No. 6 Boise State vs. Penn State

David Starcer, CU:I men’s basketball beat writer

BCS National Championship: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Texas

Rose Bowl: No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 8 Ohio State

Orange Bowl: No. 9 Georgia Tech vs. No. 10 Iowa

Sugar Bowl: No. 3 Cincinnati vs. No. 5 Florida

Fiesta Bowl: No. 4 TCU vs. No. 6 Boise State

Information compiled by CU Independent Sports Editor Ron Knabenbauer. Contact Ron Knabenbauer at Ronald.knabenbauer@colorado.edu.

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