Everyone knows the preseason Top 25 is a sham: What, exactly, are the so-called "experts" basing their picks on? Last year's performance? This year's returning players?
This is how you end up with the ultimate "rep" pick: Notre Dame at No. 2. And you can't even claim "West Coast Bias!" (At No. 9,
But after Week 1, there are actually some real game data-points that fans and voters can look to: A chemistry of how top teams played, and – as important – who they beat. And, based on that, here's what my Top 10 ballot looks like:
4. Florida St.
(Where's Notre Dame? STILL out of my Top 5.)
Why is FSU at No. 4? Are they really the 4th-best team in the country? Hardly (especially if you watched last night's game).
But they beat the best team of the week. (Yes, I'm discounting
That win should be good enough to put FSU in the Top 5 – for now. And, next week, it could be – and SHOULD be – radically different.
But the point is this: In Week 1, pummeling a weak team shouldn't be given an inflated bonus -- but beating a good team should earn some extra credit.
The Top 25 poll should be fluid, especially in the first few weeks. For now, teams like FSU and
Fans should demand more than "inertia" as a Top 25 voting strategy. But I suspect that's what we'll get in the new Top 25.