Originally Posted by Who Needs 8
College uses human votes to determine the ability of the team to win in order to be considered for the national championship. If you're losing to the last place team in your conference at halftime, that affects your ability to win with voters. Had t.u. been winning at half, they'd have many more first place votes in the polls the week following that game. And hell, they might have been in first place by .0007 of a point again. You do realize that half of the voters never even watch the game, but make their decisions from Box Scores?
It's not that hard to read from box scores how teams can change thier total mindset during games. And honestly... voters know how hard it is to stay on top esp when you are playing nobody teams. USC, Texas, Miami, VTech, etc... all of the top teams at any point in the season all have bullseyes on thier backs from teams that on paper shouldn't even be close... but that's why they play the games on the field and not in the sports writers minds.
Texas will reamin #2 until they beat USC period... I think almost everyone agrees with that, and the fact that they were above USC for one week was a complete chance of mathematics. Texas has blown out nearly every team this year but struggled in the first half against OkSU. Voters don't all of a sudden wake up and say 'dang, maybe texas isn't that good'
This is what they see.
Points by quarter and respective W/L after
OKSU 21 7 0 0 28 (3-5)
Texas 9 3 22 13 47 (8-0)
It happens every week in football and no team is immune to it... just to compare I've listed the breakdown by quarter for some of the top teams this year.
Miami (everyone is tabbing as the highest 1 loss team and ready to step in if USC ro UT loses) Vs. North Carolina
Miami 7 0 20 7 34 (6-1)
UNC 7 9 0 0 16 (3-4)
Notes : UNC was also up by 2 points until a punt block TD with 2 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter... then Miami rolled on
USC the number one team in the land and always seeming unstoppable vs. Arizona.
USC 7 7 14 14 42 (5-0)
Arizona 7 0 14 0 21 (1-4)
Wow... USC... the golden team of college football only up by 7 entering the 4th quarter?? That must have really keyed voters in that USC doesn't have the ability to win
Point is that with all of your facts about college football you still have to know that every team is going to have a tough game. Every team is going to have a rough start to a team they 'should' be blowing out of the water. But that's what happens when you are a target and the other team has nothing to lose. Is anyone going to argue that the best teams should finish strong?? Cause the finals to all of those games don't represent just how close the games where... but sure enough... the three teams I listed are #1, #2, and #3... and they (except for Miamis opening loss) keep pilling up the wins