The new poll’s here! The new poll’s here! … We’re somebody now.

Ah, humans. So cute, so logical. So in control of the BCS rankings because computers can’t be trusted.

We got the first Harris Poll of the season this week. You know the Harris, it’s that one made up of such luminaries as Dick Bestwick, Rondo Fehlberg and Jim Vruggink that represents 33% of the BCS rankings and stays oh-so-above pre-conceived notions of “good” by waiting until the fourth week of the season to release its rankings.

So let’s look at what this pure method of unbiased evaluation has produced relative to the USA Today Coaches Poll (another 33% of the BCS formula) and, for kicks, that meaningless poll from the Associated Press that inexplicably remains the poll the media uses when displaying team rankings.

The Harris Poll has Florida ranked No. 1. So do the Coaches and the AP.

The Harris Poll has Texas ranked No. 2. So do the Coaches and the AP.

The Harris Poll has Alabama ranked No. 3. So do the Coaches and the AP.

The Harris Poll has LSU ranked No. 4. So do the Coaches and the AP.

The Harris Poll has Boise State ranked No. 5. So do the Coaches and the AP.

The Harris Poll has Virginia Tech ranked No. 6. So do the Coaches and the AP.

The Harris Poll has USC ranked No. 7. So do the Coaches and the AP.

The Harris Poll has Ohio State ranked No. 8. The Coaches and the AP have Oklahoma ranked No. 8.

The Harris Poll has Oklahoma ranked No. 9. The Coaches and the AP have Ohio State ranked No. 9.

The Harris Poll has Cincinnati ranked No. 10. So does the AP. The Coaches have TCU ranked No. 10.

Need you any further proof that the pre-conceived notions reflected in the Coaches and AP polls released before any games are played are absolutely freaking correct?? I mean, the Harris Poll doesn’t factor in pre-season opinions and their voters spit out an almost-identical Top 10 four weeks in! In fact, the human-voting system is so accurate that the exact same 25 teams in the Harris Poll are also in the Coaches top 25 and 24 of the Harris teams are in the AP top 25 (Harris likes Missouri; AP Georgia Tech – they have Missouri 26).

So whether you make assumptions before any balls are touched or wait until four weeks into the season, it’s clear that 3-1 Penn State, with wins over Akron, Syracuse and Temple and a loss to Iowa is a top-15 team (Harris 12, Coaches 13, AP 15) while 4-0 Auburn with wins over Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, West Virginia and Ball State (and boasting the nation’s No. 3 scoring and total offense) isn’t quite a top-25 team (Harris 26, Coaches 28, AP 27). That really makes no sense to me, but apparently I’m completely wrong. Objective human voting backs up those pre-conceived notions, after all.

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2 Responses to “The new poll’s here! The new poll’s here! … We’re somebody now.”

  1. Neal says:

    The biggest crime I see is that VT has so far played and beaten more quality opponents out of any one in the top 25, and is still ranked behind Boise State and LSU. If there was any justice in the world they would be ranked 2 or 3, behind Alabama, until Texas, Florida, and LSU do more then just blow 2nd tier football teams.

    And for the record I’m an LSU alum, but I still think VT has shown itself to be a better team, even with one loss.

  2. John says:

    Forget universal healthcare. How about LSU picking up the tabs for cardiac therapy. They’re trying to kill their fans.

    Ugly win, but an exciting finish. Geaux Tigers!!

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