Stemming from the recent decision of Lane Kiffin to give up his vote in the NCAA FBS Coaches Poll, there has been a surge in the debate as to how effective the polls are in representing the best teams in the country."
Kiffin, love him or hate him because there seems to be no in-between, did bring up a great point regarding how much attention the coach's pay attention to other teams.
"I don't really care," he said. "Really, it doesn't make sense to me. The coaches vote, and the coaches I know, the good ones, they don't watch other games. They're trying to worry about their own team, watching film.
If you think about the game planning a coach goes through during the week, then focus they have on the game itself, followed by their post-game work in which they get ready for the next game. Exactly what are the coaches voting on? Well, it appears to be solely based upon results of the game and not necessarily the flow of how the game went.
Polls that are going to be used as a portion of the calculations to determine the end of season rankings should at least be from voters who are watching the other action going on in the country.
The AP poll, which was just released today reflecting the USC Trojans as the number one team, consists of writers who would ideally be watching the entire landscape of the college football day unfold. Many of those writers, however, are primarily focusing in on the team they are assigned to and who knows how many of the other games they are really watching.
My ranking experience only entails helping another website rank the top 25 MMA fighters in each division. Basically you take a look at the previously released rankings, see who won or loss, and then adjust the rankings accordingly. It's not so much about how impressive they won or loss as it is the result itself.
I'd have to imagine the voting within the NCAA Football polls follow a similar path.
I believe the Coaches Poll is nothing more than a starting point when discussing the best teams in the country. It's unfortunate that if one team is ranked fourth and the other is ranked ninth that it gives the impression that one team is better than the other. There are so many variables that go into figuring out which is the best team and the only way to really know is if the two teams play head-to-head. Even then there would be a debate.
Personally, I have no problem with the polls. When the first ones are released prior to the season it gets fans excited that football is right around the corner. I would just like people to understand that the polls are simply opinions of others and shouldn't define a team.
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Joe Chacon is a staff writer for Operation Sports and a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeChacon.