Chip Towers blogged about the coaches’ poll and posted something that doesn’t make much sense to me. First, he wrote
… And it is a well documented fact that the coaches are much more diligent about making their selections since it became a legitimate part of the BCS formula for determining a champion. Coach Mark Richt himself has talked often about how he sits up late on college football Saturday nights watching ESPN’s SportsCenter so he can be sure to see all the highlights of all the teams and make an informed decision when he has to turn in his poll on Sundays in the fall.
That’s not the part that makes me scratch my head. That came when Towers went on to write that
… Richt did NOT pick the Bulldogs No. 1 on his poll. At SEC Media Days last week he said he was going to choose according to the consensus of all the preseason polls to that point. According to a composite poll compiled by the SEC media relations office, Ohio State was the consensus No. 1, followed by Southern Cal and then a tie between Georgia and Oklahoma.
So all this “diligent selection” amounted to was looking at what everyone else had to say about how the top teams look over a month before the first game will be played, throwing it all in a blender and pouring out the mixed results.
That’s not said to knock Richt. His methodology strikes me as being as good as anyone else’s at this point. It’s just a reminder of how flawed the preseason vote is by its very nature.
Any word on who Hal Mumme voted #1?