Who agrees that there shouldn't be polls until around week 6 or 7. I mean, seriously, think about it. What good are they until then? You have these college football writers that pick their favorites in the pre-season polls. Then each week we have huge debates on who should be where and why. If we didn't have any polls until week 6 or 7, every team could prove how good they are(or aren't) then we'll KNOW for sure, then they can start ranking teams accordingly. Division 1A College Football needs some kind of change and if they don't get some kind of playoff system, then they need to create something to lessen the "who's #1" argument!!
waiting until week 6 or 7 would give the teams time to proven themselves. Okay, let's just say UF gets blown out tomorrow night. Having already lost to a 2 loss unranked team in Auburn at the Swamp, they aren't deserving of their ranking, right? And it helps out a team like Auburn that beat a #4 ranked team at the time of their game! The rankings go by what your opponent was ranked at the time of your game. Fair? No!
No....you are wrong. Preseason polls are based on the success from last season and the amount of players returning so that the potential for a team is still there.
Then if they don't live up to their potential they are out of the rankings...pretty simple.
It is a flawed system anyway so why would waiting until week 6 or 7 make it any different?
Like I said...it is a flawed system no matter what. You didn't help your cause by adding any of that. So then if UF loses two games they wouldn't be in the rankings anyway would they? Probably because they are UF so it wouldn't matter. Someone needs to write a computer program that takes all this into effect so that there is no bias. Again...you are WRONG.
I understand the argument, but how do you stop it? You can't make it illegal for a news organization to ask sports writers who they think the best teams are.
If the NCAA outlaws it, they have no jurisdiction over the AP. I suppose that they could ban AP sportwriters from their games, but that would hurt the NCAA more than the AP.
Even if the AP agreed to this, other organizations such as Sporing News, Street & Smith, etc. will have pre-season polls.
The polls exist because the public wants to know how their team stacks up against others. Is it accurate? Of course not. But as long as the public wants it, someone will provide it, especially if they can make money off of it.