Commentary: The polls split on who was #1 this year, and Rewards agreed with the AP, having Georgia Tech (11-0-1) barely ahead of Colorado (11-1-1): 7.6067 to 7.5668. Before the bowl games, Colorado (7.6847) was ranked ahead of Texas (7.5107) and Georgia Tech (7.3181), but Texas lost to Miami in the Cotton Bowl, and so Colorado's win over Texas lost some of its impressiveness which led to Colorado's rating dropping slightly to 7.5668, and Texas fell to #4 in the Rewards ranking (and to #12/#11 in the polls, as the voters were convinced that Texas wasn't all that good after their loss to Miami by a score of 46-3). Before the bowl games, Georgia Tech's best win was over 9-2 Clemson, and so when Clemson won its bowl game, Georgia Tech's rating improved as well. Overall, Rewards matched the top 25 pretty well, as indicated above, and besides Texas being ranked lower in the polls than possibly it deserved to be, Rewards determined that Brigham Young earned the #14 ranking, but the polls had them as #22 and tied for #17. (Since 3 top 25 teams were on probation this year, and didn't receive any votes in the UPI poll, BYU's rank would be 19th in the AP poll after excluding those teams from any calculations related to the table above.) Likewise, Texas A&M was ranked 13th by both polls (excluding two teams above the Aggies in the AP poll) but Rewards placed them as #22 (#25 - 3 teams on probation) which is a nine place disagreement; Texas A&M did defeat BYU (10-3), but their next best victory was over Hawaii (6-5), which partially explains their lower ranking by the Rewards system.
(This page last modified April 25, 2007 .)