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2014 College Football Final Regular Season Poll Rankings

Here are how the rankings ended up at the end of the season.

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The regular season is over for all except Army-Navy, and here were are looking at how things played out. We've been doing weekly poll articles on Sundays (and Tuesday with the playoffs) all season, but I figured this one could wait until Monday. For one, it's not relevant to a game week this week, and for another things are going to be a bit slow over the next week. We'll be taking a bit of a break in posting while there's no football or basketball for a few days. You're still going to get at least two articles a day (and sometimes more) and you're still going to get breaking news, but posting may still hit a bit of a lull.

So, let's take a look at the final rankings:

Playoff AP Coaches Massey computer composite
1 Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama
2 Oregon Florida State Florida State Oregon
3 Florida State Oregon Oregon TCU
4 Ohio State Baylor Ohio State Ohio State
5 Baylor Ohio State Baylor Florida State
6 TCU TCU TCU Baylor
7 Mississippi State Michigan State Michigan State Ole Miss
8 Michigan State Mississippi State Mississippi State Mississippi State
9 Ole Miss Ole Miss Georgia Tech Michigan State
10 Arizona Georgia Tech Kansas State Georgia
11 Kansas State Kansas State Arizona Auburn
12 Georgia Tech Arizona Ole Miss Kansas State
13 Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia Tech
14 UCLA UCLA Missouri UCLA
15 Arizona State Arizona State UCLA Wisconsin
16 Missouri Missouri Arizona State Missouri
17 Clemson Wisconsin Wisconsin Arizona
18 Wisconsin Clemson Clemson LSU
19 Auburn Auburn Auburn Oklahoma
20 Boise State Louisville Louisville Clemson
21 Louisville Boise State Boise State Arizona State
22 Utah LSU Nebraska Boise State
23 LSU Utah LSU USC
24 USC USC Oklahoma Louisville
25 Minnesota Nebraska Utah Nebraska
For more on the rankings, visit SBNation.com

One of the things that may jump out at you is that while Auburn was ranked 19th across the board in all of the polls, the Massey Rankings have the Tigers as high as 11th. It's easy to see why even with their record, the Tigers are highly regarded.

Auburn played six teams that ended up ranked in the final College Football Playoff Top 25. Five of those were road games. That plays directly into the reason why the record was 8-4, but the Massey Rankings still have the Tigers as high as 11th. Auburn was a few turnovers and bad plays (and a consistent defense) from being a playoff team or at least one in the final discussion. Sometimes that's just the way things work out, though.

It's not over yet, though. The Tigers will face 18th ranked Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. We wrote early in the season how the Tigers had as many as 8 Top 25 teams on their schedule at one point during the regular season. The final tally was 6 with a 7th in the bowl game. That is a very tough schedule. It's one that just couldn't overcome any mistakes at all, much less the penalties and turnovers that plagued the Tigers at the most inopportune moments.

This team should go into the offseason with high hopes for next season. Especially if we hear a BOOM in the next few days.

War Eagle, Always.