Georgia Tech debuted at No. 15 in the college football poll on Saturday.
Coach Paul Johnson has very strong feelings about the preseason polls. He said at the team’s media day three Saturdays ago that if it were up to him the polls wouldn’t come out until after the third week of the season.
He theorized that if a team starts outside the top 10 and loses a game, it’s unnecessarily difficult to make it all the way back to Nos. 1 or 2 by season’s end. He said that’s one of the reasons he doesn’t vote in the coaches’ poll.
I asked him afterward if he thought a team that started around 15 and went undefeated could make it to the title game. He couldn’t see why not, but it’s along way to go.
Personally, I think the coaches’ poll is a bizarre concept to begin with. It’s the equivalent of potentially having best friends or enemies comprise your jury, so to speak. Throw in the oft-made arguments about time spent researching other teams to place them accordingly, ethical issues, etc. But, as I’ve often said: what the heck do I know?
But, as always, what do you think? Do you put more vote in the coaches’ poll or media poll (I don’t vote in that)? And why? Other than a playoff, what recommendations would you make if you had a chance to redo the rankings system in college football?