The final 1-120 ranking is posted. Guess someone forgot to tell the computer that they gave away a crystal football Monday night. Oklahoma State is the top rated team in the final rankings. Maybe we can send them a football made of computer chips.
The rankings don't care about trophies. It's based on strength of schedule and a how a team performed against that schedule. Bowl games get no special weighting. In fact, bowl games are so much like exhibition games that if anything, they should be weighed less.
The Cowboys benefitted from a schedule that only had three opponents not play in the post season. It also helped that they often won big, because margin of victory is a factor (to a point). They also didn't play any FCS teams.
LSU stays ahead of Alabama, and that is also based on a stronger schedule over the full season than Alabama did. Head-to-head gets no special treatment in the ratings, although they split two games, with LSU winning on the road and Bama winning on a neutralish field.
I'm sure Alabama will shed no tears after finishing third in these ratings. They went home with the trophy. So, Roll Tide, y'all.