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Another reason why the coaches' poll is a joke -- take two

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Freelance Hack, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    Bringing this discussion to the idiot-free zone.

    Jim Tressel tells reporters he voted Texas No. 1 this week. USA Today says he voted the Buckeyes No. 1.

    Here's the explanation:


    Is this guy trying to take the bullet for Tressel, or is he the one who actually votes?
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Who you callin' an idiut?
  3. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I don't want to hear about polling crap in September. I'm looking forward to OSU/Texas as much as the next football fan, but I'm not considering it a No. 1 vs. 2 game. That can't exist in Week 2 of a season.
  4. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    I agree with you to a point. But while championships can't be won in Week 2, they certainly can be lost. I think whichever team loses this game loses its chance at the BCS title game.
  5. Tressell is the kind of coach who would say that he votes his opponent number 1 just to make them seem like a better team. He always talks up his opponents.
  6. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Championships can be lost, but the chances are slimmer if you've got the boost of a high rating early. If OSU loses (and isn't blown out), they're not likely to fall out of the top 10 for losing to a No. 2. If they run the table the rest of the way and get a little help, they can play for the title. If they were ranked 15th or 20th coming in, they'd be toast.
  7. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    I wish I had time to talk with all 63 SIDs for the voting coaches and pin them down on how many games/highlights/news stories the coaches allegedly see on Sunday before voting. The coaches get in late from games Saturday and have work to do Sunday. There is no way they take these votes seriously. That this poll is a one-third component of the BCS formula is absurd.

    If, as many of us assume, the SID votes, then who are these people with this much power in the BCS standings?

    This is a really good story for a person at a paper or magazine that has time to devote to it. Only when the absurdity of such a system is capably amplified will more people understand what a farce it is.
  8. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    SEE: FSU/Miami/Florida in late 80s, early-mid 90s...
  10. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    That was under the old system. You know, the one that awarded dual national championships a few times. And while what playthrough said earlier can happen, I don't believe it will.
  11. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    My point was a one-loss team can be ranked high enough to play after an early loss.
  12. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    I concede the point.
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