College Football Rankings: Who Is Doing the Voting Anyway?

Scott PauleyAnalyst ISeptember 6, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Jonathan Nelson #3 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates the Sooners 48-20 victory against the Connecticut Huskies during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Week one of the 2011 college football season is in the books.

On Tuesday afternoon the rankings were released.

Some teams moved up.  Some teams moved down.  Some teams stayed the same.  Some teams disappeared.

Following losses, Notre Dame and Georgia have fallen out of both major polls—AP Top 25, USA Today Coaches Poll—while the victorious Auburn Tigers disappeared from the AP Top 25 and fell three spots to No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Notre Dame’s loss to Big East member, South Florida was enough to cause pollsters to oust them from the top 25. 

Georgia losing to Boise State was enough to cause the Bulldogs’ exit—their new uniforms didn’t help matters much either.

However, what were the voters thinking when it came to voting for Auburn?

Probably what the rest of the world was thinking—they shouldn’t have been ranked anyway.

I only wanted Auburn to win so I wouldn’t have to hear how Cam Newton was the only reason they fared so well last year. I know that IS the reason though.

Preseason polls have never really excited me.

They are formed by a bunch of people guessing or perhaps hoping that certain teams achieve certain things.

The two major polls are always significantly different.

For instance the Bulls of South Florida knocked off No. 16 Notre Dame and entered this week’s AP Top 25 in the 22nd spot? 

Baylor beat No. 14 TCU to enter the rankings at No. 20.

However, neither South Florida nor Baylor is in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

TCU dropped to No. 25 in both polls.

This week’s polls also saw LSU jump Alabama for the No. 2 spot in the AP poll and rise to No. 3 in the USA Today rankings, after beating No. 3 Oregon.

Through it all, we must understand that the only one of these two polls that matters—when it comes to the BCS rankings—is the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The AP Top 25 rankings are just for looks.

Either way, as we see from year to year, there will be teams that are just in the way in the rankings; teams that should have never been there to begin with.

However, we the fans will endure and continue to root on our teams and the underdogs, in hopes that all will be made right when the computer rankings are added. 

Yeah right!