Monday, September 27, 2004

More football poll logic

I'm off to L.A. this morning (Hurricane Jeanne notwithstanding), but I saw a piece in The Advocate (the Baton Rouge daily, not the national gay newspaper) this morning that does a good job of exposing the "logic" of the football polls:

Iowa began the season ranked No. 13 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. The Hawkeyes were No. 12 after winning their first two games.

Last week, after unranked Arizona State improved to 3-0 with a 44-7 victory over Iowa, the 61 coaches who comprise the USA Today/ESPN poll panel combined to rank Iowa at No. 24. Arizona State remained unranked.

Auburn defeated The Citadel 33-3 and gained 29 points in The Associated Press Top 25. Auburn moved up one spot to No. 8, trading places with Florida State, a 41-22 winner over Clemson.

LSU defeated Mississippi State 51-0 and lost two points. LSU remained No. 13.

Auburn moved up one spot to No. 9 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, gaining 44 points and trading places with California, which didn't play Saturday.

LSU lost 10 points but remained No. 13.

You might have noticed the coaches dropped Iowa out of the poll Sunday after it lost 30-17 to Michigan. That helped unbeaten Arizona State, which defeated Oregon State 27-14, to crack the poll for the first time this season -- at No. 25.

Had Iowa defeated Michigan the Hawkeyes would probably still be ranked ahead of Arizona State, which beat Iowa by 37 points.

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