So, on tWWL's website today, they threw up a mock BCS poll, suspecting this is what it would look like today. UCLA proudly came in at #10. It was the comments associated with the rankings that got me thinking. The upcoming back-to-back road games with Stanford and Oregon were mentioned, and as many expect, they will not come away unscathed. But what if...what if they took care of business at home against Cal and then shocked the nation by beating both the Cardinal and the Ducks in their stadiums. It mentioned they would quickly swap places with the teams above them...or would they.
That's the problem with this whole system. With pre-season rankings and a bias towards the SEC because...well, they're the SEC (what, do we actually need any facts to back up how awesome they are). If UCLA were to go 3-0 over the next few weeks, I would expect them to not only be ranked behind Alabama, but Clemson, too. And even the third place total will probably be a mixed bag with teams like Florida St., Louisville and even one-loss Georgia being within a few votes of us. But can you blame the voters --- at that point, we will have only beaten Nebraska, Utah, Stanford and Oregon, all on the road. (Oh, and let's not forget that if UCLA and Alabama were then to lose similar type games to similarly ranked teams, Alabama would drop a handful of spots and we'd be out of the top ten).
Sure, this is all academic, and the what if games can lead to all kinds of silliness. But we all know that it would probably happen like this, and those votes have a concrete impact on post-season play. That's what this is so frustrating. Since we can't do much about it... SEC, keep scheduling your laughable non-conference games, keep making sure that many of the top east and west teams don't play each other and keep scheduling bye weeks for your marquee programs before big games. And voters, keep buying into the hype.