Utah fans have been mass e-mailing AP voters, urging us to put the Utes, the nation's only unbeaten team, No. 1 in the final Top 25.
I've received no less than 100 e-mails from the Ute faithful, not to mention a Facebook wall post from a Ute alum.
According to Pollspeak, no one ranked the Utah higher than I did (No. 5) in the final regular-season poll. I was already a hero to Utes everywhere for having them in front of BYU in the preseason poll.
So of all voters, I'm aware of how good Utah is. Wins over Oregon State, Texas Christian and Alabama, give them three against Top 25 opponents. That's a strong resume, but not enough to put them No. 1.
Utah shares a top 10 win with Florida (Alabama) and Oklahoma (TCU), the only argument Utah can make the two BCS finalists can't is the Utes are unbeaten.
I understand how good the top of the Mountain West was in 2008 but would the Utes have run the table in the SEC or Big 12? Take a peek at the bottom of the MWC standings, not exactly the same test either Florida or Oklahoma navigated.
(GOOD UTAH FAN POINT: Wyoming, tied for last in the MWC at 1-7, beat Tennessee, 3-5 in the SEC, at Tennessee. Touche.)
After Texas' close call with Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, I'll vote the BCS title game winner No. 1. I had Florida at No. 1 in the final regular-season ballot, nothing Texas could have done would have knocked the Gators off the top spot but I would have considered Texas, my No. 2, over Oklahoma (3). Not after the Fiesta Bowl.
Yahoo's Dan Wetzel has a frightening look at the Harris Poll voters and their treatment of Utah that's worth reading, hopefully by the people who decided to use the Harris Poll as a part of the BCS criteria. The next time you want to question my Top 25, think about those Harris Poll voters who aren't even following the teams from outside the BCS conferences. At least there's a method to my madness.