The table above is only for comparing Rewards with the AP poll because there was no post bowl poll taken by the UPI; please take that into account when you read the Table Legend page's explanation of what the table represents. (Only the top 20 teams were listed.)
Commentary: Like the 1987 season, where the Rewards system exactly matched the top five teams in both polls, after the bowl games were played, Rewards matched the first six ranked teams in the only post bowl game poll that was taken (by the AP). However, Rewards didn't match some of the teams ranked between #17 and #20 in this AP poll that closely, and a few teams with 3 losses were ranked 5 or 6 places higher by the voters after impressive bowl game victories. Stanford, for instance, provided Ohio State with its only loss, but had three losses itself, and Louisiana State also had three losses, but two were against the top two teams in the polls (and as ranked by Rewards).
(This page last modified September 26, 2007 .)