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Four National Champions have been crowned, and there’s still no clear-cut answer to the question of who the best team in the country is. However, we try to take everything into account in naming our final Top 25 ranking of the season.
BYU finished the season undefeated against college opponents, and for that the Cougars have earned our top ranking. Cal, ousted by a last-minute BYU dropgoal, slots in as No. 2. The Bears beat St. Mary’s by 11, and Life beat the Gaels by just two, so Life comes in at No. 3.
The fourth spot could have been claimed by St. Mary’s or Arkansas State, but given that Arkansas State actually managed to beat Life once this year, the Red Wolves end up one spot ahead of St. Mary’s. Could the Gaels have been higher if there were a TMO in Greensboro to examine Joe Cowley's try? Yes. But Arkansas State might be higher if Dean Gericke and Zinzan Elan-Putick were healthy for the DI-A semifinal. In the end, we decided we had to go with the results.
Central Washington, by virtue of playing BYU much closer than UCLA, jumps ahead of the Bruins. 8-12 stays the same, but Central Florida jumps up to No. 13. The Knights, like BYU, did not lose a single game to collegiate competition this season, and their season is almost twice as long, considering it begins in the fall.
Lindenwood comes in next. Would the Lions have beaten UCF if they didn’t have two players away on National call-ups or if Morgan Findlay wasn’t hobbled early in the first half? Maybe, but them’s the breaks. Dartmouth, Western Washington, Clemson, Tennessee and Bowling Green, all teams who fell in UCF’s or Lindenwood’s wakes, take us up to No. 21, where Long Beach makes its debut.
Long Beach beat Arizona in Tucson to eliminate the Wildcats. The 49ers then fell to Western Washington. Because Arizona beat Air Force and Notre Dame, and Air Force beat Texas A&M, the rest of the rankings fall the way they do.