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College Football Reluctance: Why the BCS and Media Polls Will Never Work

AUBURN - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers hands the ball to running back Mario Fannin #27 during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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Bo ChurneyContributor IJune 24, 2016

After an amazing Week 8 in college football, I found myself interested in how the polls would be affected the next day.

I was disappointed, to say the least.

Auburn, fresh off a victory of formerly unbeaten LSU, finds itself atop the BCS standings. In my opinion, this is the way it should be. No offense Oregon or Boise State, but so far the Tigers are undefeated against a much better schedule.

But where is the problem in all this? What is the driving force behind me writing this? Both media polls, as well as the Harris poll, have Auburn as a consensus No. 3. Being a Georgia Tech fan, why should I care where Auburn is ranked at all?

Reluctance.

The same thing keeps happening week after week, year after year in college football. The voters, who decide who goes to the national championship game in Arizona, are reluctant to push a team up into the top two spots after a huge win. And the deeper into the season we venture, the harder it is for a No. 1 team to fall from that spot without losing.

This is the key problem. If the voters keep the mentality of "They will be No. 1 (or No. 2) until they lose" then we will continue to have title games where a worthy contender sits on the sideline because of someone's opinion.

One of the best examples of this, besides this week, would be when Alabama lost to South Carolina. I thought there would have been a huge debate for the No. 1 spot. Then second-ranked Ohio State had a lackluster victory against Illinois in Champaign. However, No. 3 Oregon, who did not look great for a half, blew the doors off the Stanford Cardinal, who are still ranked in the top 15 even after the loss.

Now, I may not be an expert, but up to that point of the season, Oregon definitely looked like the better team. But of course, the voters had the mentality that a No. 2 team cannot be jumped.

At this point, it is starting to get annoying. After Week 3 of the season, the only way for a No. 1 team to fall in the standings is for them to lose. They could look unimpressive, uninspired, and play sloppy football, but in the end, a win over Cupcake U is enough for No. 1 to stay there. Way to go experts!

I mean, clearly, this is the best way to find the best team in the land. If only there were some sort of playoff where the best teams could play each other at the end of the season...

Nah, that would never work...

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