NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > Week 4 polls demonstrates bias for name brand schools
September 26, 2010, 08:26 AM
If one wonders how Texas fell to UCLA and remained, at 3-1, atop the polls, the answer is simple. It is a name brand program that is destined for another hand-picked championship classic. I mean no disrespect to the Texas program. Oklahoma barely beat Cinci; Nebraska struggled against SDSU; and they both remain atop the major polls as well.

Compare for example K-State, number 1 in the Big 12 North standings. K-state this season at 4-0 defeated UCLA (who this week defetaed Texas), defeated a conference competitor in Iowa State, defeated UCF, a team with quick defensive prowess and rising young talent on its offensive side, and yet the Wildcats are nowhere to be seen on any poll.

Texas who lost to that same Bruins unit remains atop the polls. Why? Because Texas is a media friendly brand. If K-State were to defeat Nebraska on October 7, it is unlikely that accolades will go to KSU and Heisman candidate Daniel Thomas for getting the job done for a 5th straight time. The focus will instead be on Nebraska's loss. Nebraska just wasn't for real.

If K-State defeats Nebraska on October 7, K-State may appear somewhere toward the bottom of the Top 25, while many other 4-1 or 3-2 brand-name Top 25 leaders will remain at the top so that we might have yet another classic championship series, be it Bama, Sooners, or Ohio State, even Notre Dame if it could string together two wins in a row. Few would disagree that the Fighting Irish would quickly be elevated to the top of the rankings in the major polls.

If Kansas State loses to Nebraska next week, and at 4-1 holds the same record as Texas, it will appear nowhere on any poll and have no shot at the title game. It begs the question, why does one team at 4-1 have a shot at the title game when another does not. The only way we will ever see a legitimate championship team is through a competitive playoff system.

The current system is inherently wired to exclude teams that deserve a shot at the title and in some cases rewards teams who don't (Boise State?). I think the answer is simple. Take back the power of selection from the sports writers and coaches and give it to the kids who play their hearts out every week on the field.
September 26, 2010  09:24 AM ET

Uh ... I don't think the new poll is out yet.

September 26, 2010  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Uh ... I don't think the new poll is out yet.

But clearly last week's poll had it all wrong ;)

September 26, 2010  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Uh ... I don't think the new poll is out yet.

Icarus is flying too close to the sun again...he must have had a heat stroke.

September 26, 2010  11:15 AM ET

Wax and heat don't mix

September 26, 2010  11:59 AM ET

icarus...isn't that that horse?

September 26, 2010  12:18 PM ET

yeah calm down buddy this week poll is not out yet

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September 26, 2010  01:17 PM ET

At least he's not grand standing for BSU or TCU....but Nebraska is gonna work them over.

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September 26, 2010  01:29 PM ET

one game, really...how about the previous three?

September 26, 2010  01:31 PM ET

Sorry folks, I am on business in central Russia where it is Monday already. Saw the polls and the scores next to the teams at total 4 games and thought it was current. Still, point remains, the week four polls will be kind tomorrow (in US) to most teams with brand recognition.

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September 26, 2010  02:10 PM ET

Nope I dont look down my nose at the little schools...I just think Im that much better, lol

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September 26, 2010  02:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Sorry folks, I am on business in central Russia where it is Monday already. Saw the polls and the scores next to the teams at total 4 games and thought it was current. Still, point remains, the week four polls will be kind tomorrow (in US) to most teams with brand recognition.

You made some good points. I do, however, think the AP poll is just about worthless. Coach's poll is better but not perfect.

September 26, 2010  02:30 PM ET
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I guess not looking at them at all would be worse, eh?

I dont even acknowledge their existence...

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September 26, 2010  03:08 PM ET
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Wow! Now the poll is out. Texas dropped 14 spots!!

Wow is right. If OU wins the RRR Texas might be out. When was the last time that happened?

 
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