Just to get some closure on my CFB rankings rant from Sunday morning...
First up, my latest Moe Syzlak Moment: I have finally found my ideal exhibit to illustrate how inane the human polls are:
In the AP/media poll, idle USC dropped from No. 3 to No. 4. Fair enough, I guess.
(Sidebar: I'd say that USC shouldn't have been as high as No. 3 to begin with -- and being idle keeps them from having that second real data point from which pollsters can make any sound decisions. Yes, I'm punishing them for having an off-week. I'd do it for any team this early in the season.)
I always found it fascinating that a team could move – particularly up -- without playing a game. And thus, this ridiculousness:
In the coaches' poll, idle USC jumped from No. 3 to No. 2. Let me try my best Moe Syzlak here: WhaaaAAA?!
The worst part of the BCS system isn't the lack of a playoff; it's that these two sets of sham pollsters each get to crown a national champion.
Notre Dame No. 2?!?! Apparently, voters couldn't WAIT to get Notre Dame back to No. 2 after that one-week exile for underperforming against Georgia Tech. What a crock -- and the ultimate example of why these polls are meaningless beyond debate fodder.
(Meanwhile, who was the jerkwheat in the Coaches' poll who voted for Notre Dame as No. 1? Jim Tressel, was that you, again?
So, for the record, that's 7 unbeaten teams with an inside track ahead of Texas to the BCS title game (with several others, including Michigan, Florida St, Louisville, Tennessee and VA Tech, on the outside looking in, presumably set to lose before it's an argument in late November).
Biggest jump: TCU from 23 to 20 and AZ St 25 to 22 (both 3 spots). No one else jumped more than 2 (LSU – 8 to 6; Georgia - 12 to 10; Tennessee – 13 to 11; VA Tech – 16 to 14; Oregon – 20 to 18; Nebraska – 21 to 19.
Of course, that doesn't count
Looking ahead to next week, Pete Thamel has a great overview in today's New York Times.-- D.S.