Processing The Process
The basis and thought process into voting for the AP Poll
Sept. 26, 2007
By Tom Hart
Special to CSTV.com
Tom Hart calls football play-by-play for CSTV and is a contributor to CSTV.com.
The blogosphere somehow finds a way to hold people accountable. It's kind of like one big Mystery Machine. Scooby and the kids start meddling, someone gets found out, and the good guys win in the end. Maybe all it takes is a video clip of a post game rant, or a link to a column on fried chicken carry out in a parking lot, but it works. It also works on pollsters. Any number of AP voters has had their votes scrutinized by fans this season, and it effectively controls the crazies. That's good. Someone needs to stop that jerk developer from scaring away hotel guests to build condos.
Hopefully shedding a light on voter's polls allows the fans a chance to learn more about the process. I've never been a big process guy myself. It might have something to do with the large number of hot dogs I ate as a kid. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
FOO-BAW! I'm not sure if Coach O ripped off his shirt Saturday, but his Rebels played inspired football in a 6-point loss to
In other news, LSU beat another ranked team and solidified their spot atop my rankings. West Virginia's Pat White looked like a passer in their blowout. The Mountaineers run their offense like Tinker Hatfield designs shoes. As soon as one guy run by you, another freaks you out.
Cal has similar speed on offense (quarterback, not so much), and the Bears have a great opportunity this weekend. A
What is the deal with Rutgers? They slid into the Top 10 when others lost, but they surely haven't earned it yet. There are a host of teams right behind the Knights who will quickly leap frog them with a timely win this weekend. The good news is Brian Leonard should get some carries this weekend for the Rams.
I don't know many who predicted Boston College,
Missouri looks better as No. 15 after
It's hard - when other ranked teams have a loss - to leave undefeated teams on the outside looking in. Cincinnati, Arizona State and Michigan State have worked their way into the poll, even though none of them have played a tough schedule. The Sun Devils are the only of the three with noteworthy wins (
Georgia and Miami pulled the weeks most impressive wins. After further review, they each might be a little low - but with mostly undefeated teams in front of them there is little room for adjustment.
One team that might be in need of a scramble is Virginia Tech. My heart tells me they're a good team, but their results and schedule haven't allowed them to prove it yet. Consider the Hokies against the Hurricanes. They each got blown out by a Top 3 team. Both lost in the same week, but their quality win more impressive (A&M vs. ECU). Apparently I don't posses the same clarity between the hours of midnight and two a.m. as I do once I return home. I'll make this right this week.
I can't stress how much respect I have for Steve Kragthorpe. But losing at home to
My AP ballot for this week:
17. South Carolina
18. Penn State
19. Virginia Tech