You’ve heard our rant about how the recently released preseason college football polls are already intertwined with polictics, but I have yet to tell you why I think these preseason polls are an absolute joke.
As you know, there are two major polls in the world of college football. We have the USA Today Coaches’ poll, which is comprised of 59 head coaches of “bowl subdivision schools” and the AP Top 25 poll, which is
comprised of 60 Associated Press (AP) writers. Now, with the recent release of these polls, most people will direct their attention on the USA Today Coaches’ Poll ranking USC at No.1 and the AP poll ranking LSU at No.1, but when you dissect the polls more carefully, you’ll notice something else that should blow your mind.
These two sets of voters (60 AP writers and 59 coaches) managed to rank teams 4-15 in the exact same order. Keep in mind folks that not a single college football game has been played, so what sort of variables and factors could possibly be at play to the extent that a dozen teams were ranked in the same order? Its simply ridiculous and these polls are losing any integrity or validity they had left.
I get the fact USC, Alabama, and LSU got 34-44 votes for first place between the two different polls, but what about the rest of the ballots? You know damn well they were filled out purely on reputation and/or what some joker writer is saying in preseason magazines.
Take a look at the top 15 teams in each poll with first-place votes in parentheses (rankings are from ESPN).