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The previous slides were fine and dandy, but what really matters when it comes to being on track for a national championship is where you sit in the polls. Poll position ultimately decides who plays for a national title and who doesn't.
We are now three weeks into the season, and the polls are still taking shape. However, after a few weeks, the top-five usually settles into place and doesn't have too much shake up week in and week out.
Saturday night's winner will cement their place in the top-five and have a nice win on their resume for the computers to calculate once the BCS polls roll on out in a few weeks time.
Whether you agree or not—the BCS polls are the "end-all, be-all" of the college football world. The SEC has figured it out quite some time ago. Play an early season heavy weight match up and see what happens.
Now, for the Oklahoma Sooners and Florida State Seminoles it doesn't exactly work out that way due to their strength of conference, but you get the point.
Whomever wins tomorrow's prime time match up in Tallahassee reaps the rewards of playing a non-conference opponent ranked in the top-five. That's some serious points to tack on to the ole BCS resume before the conference schedule even begins.
You also have the AP and USA Today polls. If Oklahoma wins, they will remain the No.1 team in both polls and won't have to worry about being supplanted by either of the SEC teams in the top-five.
If Florida State wins, they could move up to anywhere between No.1 and No.4 in the polls. For the Seminoles to move up into the No.1 or No. 2 spot they would need to bend Oklahoma over the wagon and spank them with their spear.
The more feasible landing for FSU if they won would be No. 3 or No. 4 in the polls, which would be a desirable place to be as they wait for the dominoes to fall.
Poll position is the name of the game in college football. Grab a hold of that poll early and hold on tight. Saturday night's victor will tighten their grip at the top of the poll as they try and hold on until January.