AP College Football Rankings Are Out

by Mike on August 18, 2007

in Sports

The AP released its first college football poll of the 2007 season today. Not surprisingly, Southern Cal is ranked number one. With the departure of several seniors and a questionable defense, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame are understandably nowhere to be found. Although I oppose a college football playoff and largely agree with this year’s initial rankings, the AP and coaches polls remind of the one thing that bugs me about college football: the people who vote in these polls.

There is no question in mind that Southern Cal deserves the top spot, but the preseason number one ranking will give them an unfair advantage later in the season. Because voters are often reluctant to move a lower ranked team ahead unless teams ranked ahead of them lose, Southern Cal will be allowed to lose a game and still compete for the national championship. For many lower ranked teams, one loss will be fatal.

Part of the problem could be solved by following the Harris poll’s lead. The AP and coaches polls should not be released until at least after the fourth week of the season. That way, assessments will be at least partially based upon on-field performance rather than ESPN’s bloviating.

Go Irish!

UPDATE:  Link now takes you to current polls.

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