Question by NCAAF Fan: Has the USA today poll (Coaches) lost its mind?
Boise State still doesn’t have a 1st place vote (while they have had between 1 and 8 in the AP since the beginning fo the year) , yes I realize it is not a popular pick but when you have 59 people voting SOMEBODY has to think they are the best team…. The voters are to afraid to state their real opinions.
NC State is still not ranked and has a pretty impressive record, yes I realize the roster is not good on paper but they have beat Cincinnati worse than Oklahoma has and they followed that up with a win at Georgia Tech.
All in all the rankings are not ridiculous but they need to start reflecting how the teams are doing and not how recognizable the teams name is.
Here is the one thing that shows they are not paying attention, Houston received votes. Houston has lost both their Heisman candidate QB and their back up QB. Houston has no wins against a BCS conference team and yet some of the voters still have them ranked in the top 25 because they recognize the name. In preseason scouting (when they had time to analyze other teams more) they had a promising year ahead of them and some of the voters just pencil that in.
Long story short, I realize it is just a poll but if it counts in the BCS formula at least have the people voting pay attention. Also if they don’t have the time to pay attention (a legitimate issue with a FBS head coach) they shouldn’t be voting for something so important.
Just for note this is not just about Boise State not getting a first place vote. If you put 59 coaches in a room and you asked them off the record who is the best team, you probably would get 5 or 6 answers. Oregon, TCU, Boise State, Alabama, Ohio State, Nebraska would probably have somebody mention their name while Florida, LSU and Wisconsin might even have a coach on their side as a hunch. The polls should be opinion polls NOT political don’t stick your neck out polls.
Jimi- He was referring to the Georgia/LSU controversy that year in which LSU leap frogged Georgia in the final week of the poll due to a win over a weak opponent in the SEC championship game. Georgia’s body of work was better and they finished the season on fire after starting the season off slowly. Essentially everybody knew Georgia was the better team but LSU launched a huge media campaign and swayed southern voters to jump them from 7th in the BCS to 2nd on the last week of the BCS Poll. The season ended with the Sugar bowl massacre in which Georgia demonstrated it could/should have been in the finals and won as well.
Answer by Moosey Flathead
It’s a shame that the polls aren’t fair. But they are neither fair or accurate and exist mainly to sell sports magazines.
It seems that college sports refuses to admit that it is statically impossible to fairly rank teams. So, if you think you know better than the polls, you are probably right.
And if you think the polls aren’t fair, just think about what the BCS (Bogus Championship Series) has come up with in the past. That system is not a championship series at all. It is not about being fair but getting TV bucks.
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