Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Preseason Rankings and What they Mean.

Nothing.

4 comments:

Pete said...

I beg to differ...

Preseason rankings give voters a pre-conceived notion of where a team "should" be slotted. So, while you and I both know preseason rankings have no merit, the reality is that it plays a huge part in the rankings as the season unfolds.

You will notice that voters are very reluctant to drop a team more than seven spots in the rankings after a loss, regardless of who the loss was to, how badly they lost, etc.

Obviously, if there are two undefeated teams at the end of the regular season, we shouldn't have an argument. But, that hasn't happened in four years, I believe. Once you get down to the one loss teams, I'd argue that preseason rankings play a pretty big part in who makes it to the championship game. Is it the deciding factor? No, but it plays a part.

Now, having coaches vote for who plays for the championship? That's ridiculous. These guys are biased and have rooting interests. Not to mention, their stand to make a ridiculous amount of money if a school from their conference makes the BCS.

Kelly and Brad said...

It all depends on how the season plays out. Don't forget South Florida was #2 two seasons ago. If you win games you will be ok, except Auburn in 04

Pete said...

That kind of plays to my point, though. They made it that high because everyone else lost. Once they lost, they fell back down to obscurity.

It's pretty much a given that undefeated (BCS) teams will play for the championship. For teams with one loss, it pretty much depends on where you started out and when you lost.

Let's say that Georgia Tech loses it's first or second real game. They probably fall to the bottom of the top 25. If they win out, do they make it to the championship game assuming no undefeated teams? Probably not. Mainly because they dug themselves too big a hole to get out of.

Pete said...

That kind of plays to my point, though. They made it that high because everyone else lost. Once they lost, they fell back down to obscurity.

It's pretty much a given that undefeated (BCS) teams will play for the championship. For teams with one loss, it pretty much depends on where you started out and when you lost.

Let's say that Georgia Tech loses it's first or second real game. They probably fall to the bottom of the top 25. If they win out, do they make it to the championship game assuming no undefeated teams? Probably not. Mainly because they dug themselves too big a hole to get out of.