Newton may have been one of the most scrutinized Heisman Trophy winners since Reggie Bush as he and his family were accused of taking money for his services from other schools. Game after game everyone wondered if the powers that be at the NCAA were going find something on Newton and Auburn and pull the rug from under them. All Newton did was keep his cool and put together an undefeated season.
Meanwhile, Auburn’s opponent in the BCS title game, the Oregon Ducks also put together a fine season and started a dynasty in the now Pac-12 by showing that another team besides USC could play for the national championship. The NCAA and the BCS also avoided a potential disaster with the possibility of having as many as five teams going undefeated creating more outcry for a playoff. Even worse, a few of those teams came from non-BCS conferences. Fortunately,order was restored and besides Auburn, only one other team, Texas Christian University went undefeated and humiliated another one of the big boys in its bowl game. Here is a list of the Top 5 College Football teams for 2010.
5 Oregon (12-1)
4 Stanford (12-1)
3 Boise State (11-1)
2 Texas Christian (13-0)
1 Auburn (14-0)
Another one of the “Little Sisters of the Poor” checks in. The Wolfpackout of the Western Athletic Conference put together a pretty impressive season losing only to Hawaii, and dashing the slim national championship hopes of Boise State. For all of its efforts, the only bowl seemed fitting for this team was something called the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco. Nevada went in and defeated another worthless ACC team in Boston College 20-13.
Another underachieving year for Bob Stoops and the Sooners, which ended on a good note with a 48-20 rout against Connecticut from the Big East in the Fiesta Bowl.There are always high expectations for the Sooners to win it all, and had Oklahoma lost to some upstart from the Big East that’s better known for its basketball team, Stoops would have found himself out at Oklahoma and probably sentenced to coaching somewhere like UCLA.
Ohio State (12-1)
Wonder if Gee saw this coming. After the Buckeyes defeated Arkansas 31-26 in the Sugar Bowl all hell broke loose. There were scandals-a-plenty which led to that title being stripped, suspensions, the coach fired and probation for a year or two. Other than that, it was a pretty good season for one of the “Big Sisters of the Rich.” Top 5 gives the Buckeyes the nod because it’s going to be the last time anyone ranks them for a long time.