A Rank System
Recently, the Top 25 came out for the first time this year in the collegiate football rankings. It was nice to see Boise State at No. 5 while farther down at No. 14 was defending Rose Bowl Champion TCU. Oklahoma was at the top of the heap and there were five different SEC teams in the mix. The defending National Champion Auburn Tigers barely made the grade at No. 25. Perennial stalwarts Oregon and Alabama loom in the top five in anticipation of a possible jump to the top spot.
I have a question as to this particular poll: Why? Does a poll in he middle of August mean anything at all? Sure, I understand that it’s supposedly goading the fans into an added frenzy while proffering yet another tidbit to talk about where their favorite team is concerned. And, most certainly, it rewards some teams for their 2010 accomplishments as well as gigging anticipation for the 2011 campaign.
Those elements, however, do not outweigh the deleterious effects that meaningless ratings can have on a team, players and coaches. Simply put, with no one having stepped on the field as yet, you’ve put a number of teams in a prominent position to make BCS contests that they have not yet deserved while consigning others to a scrap heap from which they cannot recover, even if they do run the table. It’s stacked - as always - against the little guy while rounding up the usual suspects to take the coveted spots.
It’s not my desire to go into playoff mode here, but if indeed rankings are continually necessary, can't we have the first one at the beginning of October when some games have actually been played and judgments can then be ascertained predicated upon on-field play as opposed to hype and conjecture?
Is that too much to ask?