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Rocking the boat used to be frowned upon, but rocking the boat has produced a lot of forward movement in college football.
The BCS system, though despised greatly, was a step forward from the previous situation. The only way a No. 1 vs. No. 2 postseason game happened prior to the BCS was if the teams happened to land in the same bowl against each other.
So, rocking the boat has worked, but not enough. The boat needs to be rocked harder. Enter the Week 4 polls.
If the polls came out in Week 4, then the voters would have a great idea of which 25 teams are actually the best. Even if they don't yet have a great idea, they'd have a better idea than before any games are played.
Instead of having four polls released that tell fans which teams the voters think will be the best, which the fans basically already know, the first poll will come out and reflect who has actually performed on the field.
In general, if there is one improvement to be made in college football, it's that on-field results need to be given the highest priority.
That was the theoretical improvement that the BCS provided in the championship game, and it's also the improvement that's coming with the new playoff system in 2014.
The same progress needs to be made in the polling systems, because the human eye will always be a necessary part of the selection process. What the gurus need to do is find ways to eliminate the human error that is inherent in that aspect of the formula.