NFP Top 25

Here’s a look at how the National Football Post stacks up the Top 25 teams in the nation after the regular season and heading into a full slate of bowl action.

2010 record in parentheses and last week’s ranking in brackets.

1. Auburn (13-0) [1]
WON 56-17 vs. South Carolina
The Tigers set the record for most points in an SEC title game with a thorough beating of the Gamecocks.

2. Oregon (12-0) [2]
WON 37-20 at Oregon State
The Ducks ran for 346 yards, including 267 from LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner, in their win over the Beavers in the Civil War.

Andy DaltonICONAndy Dalton and TCU will meet Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

3. TCU (12-0) [3]
The Horned Frogs will now prepare to play Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

4. Stanford (11-1) [4]
Stanford will play Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

5. Wisconsin (11-1) [5]
The Badgers clinched the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the BCS and will play TCU in the Rose Bowl.

6. Ohio State (11-1) [6]
The Buckeyes earned a BCS invite to the Sugar Bowl and will play Arkansas.

7. Arkansas (10-2) [7]
The Razorbacks will take a six-game winning streak into their Sugar Bowl matchup with the Buckeyes.

8. Michigan State (11-1) [8]
The Spartans were shut out of the BCS but will face a premier opponent in defending national champion Alabama in the Capital One Bowl.

9. Oklahoma (11-2) [10]
WON 23-20 vs. Nebraska
With the win over the Cornhuskers in the Big 12 championship game, the Sooners earned an automatic berth to the BCS. They will play UConn in the Fiesta Bowl.

10. Boise State (11-1) [9]
WON 50-14 vs. Utah State
The Broncos rebounded from their disappointing loss to Nevada to wrap up their third straight season of at least 11 wins. Boise State will play Utah in the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas.

11. LSU (10-2) [11]
The Tigers will get ready to play Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.

12. Virginia Tech (11-2) [13]
WON 44-33 vs. Florida State
The Hokies have run off 11 straight wins and captured an ACC championship along the way. Virginia Tech will play Stanford in the Orange Bowl.

Bo PeliniICONBo Pelini and the Cornhuskers have a date with Washington in the Holiday Bowl.

13. Nebraska (10-3) [12]
LOST 23-20 vs. Oklahoma
After falling to the Sooners in the Big 12 championship game, the Cornhuskers were invited to play Washington in the Holiday Bowl. Nebraska beat the Huskies 56-21 in Seattle earlier in the season.

14. Missouri (10-2) [14]
The Tigers will play Iowa in an intriguing Insight Bowl matchup.

15. Oklahoma State (10-2) [15]
The Cowboys will begin preparations for Arizona, as the schools will meet in the Alamo Bowl.

16. Alabama (9-3) [16]
Nick Saban’s squad will not be playing for a national championship this season, but Saban will play one of his former teams — Michigan State — in the Capital One Bowl.

17. Texas A&M (9-3) [17]
The Aggies, after turning around their season, will face LSU in an intriguing Cotton Bowl matchup.

18. Nevada (11-1) [19]
The Wolf Pack have a date with Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

19. South Carolina (9-4) [18]
LOST 56-17 vs. Auburn
Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks were overwhelmed by Cam Newton and Auburn in the SEC championship game. Next up: a matchup with ACC runner-up Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

20. Utah (10-2) [21]
The Utes will get a crack at Boise State in the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas.

Manny DiazICONCan Manny Diaz and the Bulldogs slow down Denard Robinson and the Wolverines?

21. Mississippi State (8-4) [22]
Manny Diaz and the Bulldogs will try to stop Denard Robinson and Michigan in the Gator Bowl.

22. Florida State (9-4) [20]
LOST 44-33 vs. Virginia Tech
The Seminoles came up short in the ACC championship game without Christian Ponder and will now face South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

23. West Virginia (9-3) [23]
WON 35-14 vs. Rutgers
The Mountaineers won their 16th straight game against Rutgers and will face NC State in the Champs Sports Bowl.

24. NC State (8-4) [25]
Tom O’Brien and the Wolfpack will face West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl.

25. Central Florida (10-3) [NR]
WON 17-7 vs. SMU
The Knights claimed their second league title in four seasons and will play Georgia in the Liberty Bowl.

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