It's starting to get fun once again. Alabama tastes a loss for the first time in some 20 months. Greg McElroy lost a game and I am thankful we will not be subjected to the weekly reminder that the Texan has not lost since 8th grade. Colt had his helmet on and frankly, probably came closer to seeing some action than most would believe as Jake Delhomme (who is making $19.7 million this season...and yes...you read that right) was absolutely woeful in replacing Seneca Wallace yesterday. Oh, and the #1 item on my Christmas list, "Death to the BCS," is released prior to the first BCS rankings which are due out this upcoming weekend. But, this is not an anti-BCS rant. It's not even an anti-Boise State carpet piece of loquaciousness. It's simply about the lack of accountability regarding the voters...
There is a fantastic article by Chris Dufresne of the LA Times in reference to this problem. The most glaring, egregious error this week was ranking Alabama in the top 10 and ahead of South Carolina. This is not a Gamcock team that got lucky. No, they beat the former #1 team in the nation and defending MNC champions by two touchdowns. They also pretty much whipped them in every facet of the game. They answered the 2nd half abysmal start (um, Stephen Garcia, what the hell was that?) and took control of the game, making plays during the most crucial stretches of the contest, against a team who essentially
always figures out a way to win. East USC's lone loss was on the road to a good, albeit a bit lucky, Auburn squad. Their record is identical to Alabama's, yet somehow they are ranked behind them. I believe this may not be the case were voters required to publish their ballot on a weekly basis. Why the push back here? What is there to hide or protect? It's these policies which gets the conspiracy theorists train moving with more and more momentum. The fact that Oregon State is not in the top 25 as a two loss team is certainly comical. Each loss is to a current top 5 team.
I've often not understood the human element with the polls. There is either clear bias, or clear incompetence here in these two examples. East USC deserves better at this point in the season. What if they both win out? Will the pollsters keep 'Bama ahead of them per the "business as usual" platform which is stood upon every week? Did they ever consider that East USC was ranked too low to begin with? That's a good football team with solid playmakers on both sides of the ball. Give them their due.