Originally posted by myteamtrulystinks As much as I like college football it is tough for me to look at a poll and feel it deserves any importance when nothing that counts has occurred yet.
That is why they call it a "pre-season" poll. It is what prognosticators refer to as taking a look inside the crystal ball, extrapolating the season, and coming up with their best guess at how they will end up.
In the same vein, are you insinuating that once games have been played, that the pols mysteriously become correct? Do you even think they are ever correct? It is all a popularity contest in the AP. I tend to give a bit more creedence to the coaches poll though. Geez, they quite often botch it AFTER all the games have been completed.
Coaches are actually coaching while other teams are playing so I cannot see how they could possibly know what is going on elsewhere. At least writers can watch games.
But, yeah I do think polls mean more when games are already played. You might disagree with someone's choice, but at least after games are played, a voter might have an on the field reason for why they think a team is better.
Pre-season polls are very important. Teams don't move down unless they lose. If a team wants to play for the MNC, then the best case scenerio is to be a pre-season #1 or #2 and have a very easy schedule.
Originally posted by Eladar Pre-season polls are very important. Teams don't move down unless they lose. If a team wants to play for the MNC, then the best case scenerio is to be a pre-season #1 or #2 and have a very easy schedule.
Its just a little barometer, only important if your in the top 5. But expect every team to finish in a different spot.
If the top 5 teams didn't play each other and they all went undefeated, the positions would not change throughout the season.
If they did, it would have to be because one team had a clearly more difficult schedule and more clearly dominated its opponents. The higher ranked teams at the beginning of the season have a clear advantage over the teams that are not.
If three teams went undefeated this year: Georgia, OU and Arizona which team would be left out of the picture?