Sunday, October 26, 2008

Polls - the problem

Here's the problem with the polls. Take our brethren to the immediate north, Oklahoma State. Reeling from a near bankrupt investment fund, travelling to Austin, where when they last won they were Oklahoma A&M and we were in World War II, they lost a game 28-24 to the #1 ranked Texas Longhorns. So naturally, you'd think they would solidify their #8 ranking in the coaches poll and 8th ranking in the Harris polls.

Nope. They fell. In the coaches poll, the Pokes fell from #8 to #10. Utah leap frogged 'em. Utah has an impressive victory one. They had the week off. So Okie State loses by 4 to the top ranked team in the country, and these clowns look at that and say, "Wow, i forgot about Utah. They beat Oregon State a couple of weeks ago."Georgia leapfrogged Boone's team as well, but at least they had a decisive victory over a well regarded LSU team.

In the Harris poll, the Pokes had a 49 point lead over Georgia for the 8th spot in the polls. Georgia now leads the Pokes by 153 points. So relative to Georgia, they fell 202 points, for not beating the #1 team in the country.

I thought the computer polls might be different, but the BCS folks have neutered them, to where they must only consider win-loss and strength of schedule. The only difference in these polls is how they process this combo. Well, the Pokes fell hard. On a composite basis, they fell from 3rd to tied for 7th.

I hate to sound sympathetic for the Pokes and all, but that's just weird.

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