Sometimes Being Undefeated Is Meaningless

Monday, October 19, 2009

Last week the Kansas Jayhawks sat in the poll at 5-0 and ranked. Their 5-0 ranking looked nice and pretty until you took a look at whom they actually played on the field.

Week 1: Northern Colorado (2-5)
Week 2: @UTEP (2-4)
Week 3: Duke (3-3)
Week 4: Southern Miss (4-3)
Week 5: Iowa State (4-3)

Not all 5-0 records are as good as 4-1 records and this was the case for Kansas, yet the Coaches still decided to rank them ahead of Oregon, amongst others, whose lone loss was at Boise St. and whom had already beaten Utah (5-1) and Cal (4-2).

This weekend Kansas lost to a Colorado team that was 1-4 with losses against both Toledo and Colorado State. Kansas might be a good football team, they might win some meaningful Big 12 games and perhaps they will represent the Big 12 North, but last week they should not have been ranked #15 and this week they should not be ranked period (they are in both polls). They have done nothing to warrant any voter consideration and perhaps that is the biggest issue with the polls, sometimes voters just look at records and don't do any examination into whether being 5-0 actually means something.

Onto this weeks preliminary poll:

RankTeamDelta
1 Alabama
2 Florida
3 Iowa 1
4 Texas 10
5 Miami (Florida) 1
6 Cincinnati 3
7 Southern Cal 1
8 Georgia Tech 11
9 Virginia Tech 6
10 Boise State 5
11 Oregon 4
12 Houston 2
13 TCU 4
14 LSU 2
15 Brigham Young
16 Pittsburgh 7
17 Oklahoma State 5
18 South Carolina 2
19 Texas Tech
20 Penn State
21 California
22 Michigan 3
23 Nebraska 10
24 Georgia
25 Arkansas 1
Last week's ballot

Dropped Out: Ohio State (#11), South Florida (#18), Wisconsin (#20), Auburn (#21).

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