Sunday, October 03, 2004

It was a good day in college football, Michigan won, and looked good (although that's somewhat easier when one plays Indiana); Notre Dame and Ohio State lost.

I've long believed that the coaches poll should be ignored. For one, head coaches don't actually do the voting in the poll, they have better things to do. It shows that coaches are good at coaching, but not at ranking. For instance, this week, Northwestern got a vote in the coaches poll. This is preposterous. Granted they had a good win against Ohio State, but they are 2-3. How can a team with a 2-3 record (losses to Minnesota, Arizona State, and, uh, TCU) be one of the top 25 teams in the country? If they win the rest of their games and finish 8-3, they deserve to be ranked, but how can anyone vote for them?

Another problem with the coaches poll is that it's anonymous, so no one knows how they vote. So whoever made this miserable choice will not have to face public ridicule.

Some day when I have time, I'd like to go back and compare how the two polls actually do at predicting game results. But not tonight.

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