Sunday, November 06, 2005

No one can take these guys seriously

Call me a homer if you will, but I think it's fair to ask just what the hell the AP voters think they're doing by ranking a one-loss team ahead of an undefeated major-conference team in November.

Sure, Miami had a great showing against Virginia Tech, but that's just one game. I don't care if one team had a better weekend than another; I care about the team's body of work throughout the season and whether that team gets the job done -- wins -- when it must. In the end, Alabama has done its job nine out of nine times this year, but Miami has done it only seven out of eight times.

Thankfully, the AP poll took its ball and went home after the 2004 installment of the annual Bowl Championship Series fiasco, so its foolishness won't affect Alabama's BCS ranking. Still, it's a transparent joke to disrespect an unbeaten SEC team -- even one that wins ugly and leans heavily on its defense -- by leapfrogging a once-beaten team ahead of it.

The AP voters should be ashamed of themselves.


Blogger Matt Collins said...

The real shame is voting for a national champion instead of playing out like every other respectable sport.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Yes, but a playoff would be much fairer than subjective polling, would allow teams to decide the championship on the field, and would make colleges exponentially more money, all while causing no detriment to the academic studies of players at schools that don't qualify for the playoffs and minimal impact on the studies of players at the handful of schools that would add a game or two to a schedule that already includes 12 or 13 games a year as it is.

That's why it must be stopped.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Hanging by the News said...

It's a travesty seeing Miami in the No. 3 spot. Sure, their loss was their first game of the season against No. 14 FSU when they were No. 9, but on paper, that game looks like a pitiful effort on their part. FSU ends the first quarter up 10-0, then Miami brings it to 10-7 in the half, but neither team does anything offensively for the rest of the game. If you can't pass a 3-point deficit in two quarters, you don't deserve to be the No. 3 team in the country.

And let's look at Miami's sole loss: FSU has a winning season but both their losses have come from unranked teams. Yet the AP voters look the other way and put Miami ahead of Bama.

In the grand scheme of things, being down a ranking at this stage of the season won't matter much, especially if (or more like when) Alabama beats LSU next week. That quality of a win compared to Miami's likely win over Wake Forest should switch us in the rankings, and if not, we would still have the Auburn game and SEC title game to prove our worth. And who knows, Texas or USC could always meet the business end of an upset in the meantime.

6:50 PM  

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