Mike Lantry, 1972
Best Season, Not Team.
As any conversation regarding a playoff system tends to ultimately frustrate me on a number of fronts, I am calling for improvement to the BCS without any mention of 4 8 or 16 teems. I simply would like to fix what we have now. In my opinion, the polls are the problem, and not in the typical "They should not come out until the midway point in the season" way. Right about now, everyone comes out with a top 25 ranking based on what? Based on a prediction for who is going to end up with the least amount of losses at the end of the season. How many pundits come out and say" Team X is loaded but with that schedule, they are going to trip up." or " Team Y has their tough games at home so I am picking them in the title game." The polls that matter follow suit. My gripe calls for 3 changes in thought process by the polls.A: The first poll determines the ranking of the best teams in the country, without regard to how the records will unfold. B: The subsequent polls determine rankings of the teams having the best season. The best seasons and the best teams can often vary substantially, proven nearly every season in college basketball.C:The polls should have no problem moving like mad. They will if the polls keep in mind changes 1 and 2. If Oklahoma is thought to be the best team going in, but loses 7 fumbles and loses to EMU on the first weekend of the season, EMU is the new #1. No one thinks they are the best team but they have had the best season to date. The polls will always suck, but should they not at the very least have some structure to what the hell they are voting on? I know this, preseason rankings should not be what they currently are, a prediction for the end of the season. They become self fulfilling to some extent. WM