New readers may not be aware of our controversial status in the Blogpoll. Controversial because many see our philosophy as unorthodox. First let me declare that Mergz and I believe that the current way college football is structured is FUBAR. The most important of college sports is also the one that relies on popularity and speculation to crown its champion. Let me also declare that it is impossible to accurately rank the top 25 teams out of 120, especially a couple of weeks into the season.
So Mergz has decided to try to remove as much subjectivity as possible out of our rankings for the Blogpoll (understanding that there will always be some). To that end the preseason Blogpoll is based on rankings of recruiting classes from the previous four years. Certainly there is subjectivity there, it's based on talent evaluations by third parties but for us it's a mechanical exercise.
Then, when the season begins, we start with a resume method. The teams with the most impressive resumes are ranked higher than those with less impressive resumes. And there is subjectivity here too. But there's one thing that isn't subjective: head-to-head results.
So with that in mind I urge you to look at the current Associated Press Rankings.
#12 - U.S.C. (2-1, with a loss to Washington)
#24 - Washington (2-1, with a win over U.S.C.)
In any other sport, the standings would have Washington ahead of U.S.C. After all, they have identical records and Washington beat U.S.C head-to-head.
So next time you are thinking that you love college football because it's "quirky" and "unique" remember that it's also fraudulent and ludicrous.