I sort of hate myself for doing it, but I kept Alabama at No. 2, because losing by a field goal in overtime to the No. 1 team in the country is hardly disqualifying. I think Bama would throttle Stanford or Boise or Oklahoma State or anyone... besides LSU.
Here's where things get tricky: I am adamant that there not be an Alabama-LSU rematch in the national title game. So: Can I rank Alabama the 2nd-best team in the country while denying them a spot in the title game that pits the top two teams in the country? You bet I can.