errr Auburn was ranked 11th.
But to your point: the only team worth of a shot would be OSU (if they win Bedlam) in my mind. What is Stanford's resume that deserves them the right to be there? A jailsexing at the hands of Oregon? What's VaTech's marquee win? How about Houston? Boise?
I hate the SEC and the lovefest they get too but in reality, Alabama is the 2nd best team by default. They may not have marquee wins (other than Arkansas) but their only loss is to the obvious #1...by 3 points...in overtime. I think its BS too but there isn't a better option this year.