Well, the announcement that UGA was #1 in both polls has spurred some interesting thoughts and comments in the media about the validity of that lofty mark. To me, preseason rankings should be a measure of how good you think teams are and nothing more. The team you feel is the best team should be ranked first, and down the line until the top 25 is filled out. It’s that simple. I know that seems to be a simple exercise in common sense but unfortunately with many pollsters that’s not the case.
Now I don’t know how all the pollsters vote by any stretch and I certainly am not implying that all voters should vote UGA #1. If a pollster feels that USC, OSU, OU or even UF is better than us right now, by all means, rank them #1. My beef is when said pollster comes out and says that he ranked a team ahead of another because one team’s schedule was simply too tough to go through unscathed.
Here’s where that logic breaks down…if you bump a team down because they have a difficult schedule, do you then not drop them when they lose? I mean, if you dropped them preseason because you expect them to lose, then when they fulfill your expectations you shouldn’t penalize them again, correct? It’s like double jeopardy. You can’t penalize a team twice for having a difficult schedule. Rather, if you feel the team is good, start them where you feel they rank (right now) and let that schedule work itself out. Makes sense to me.