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The irony is so thick.......

  • jadennis said... (original post)

    I don't know the link....wrote an article from a few months ago about "respect check" in the polls. That perception you're talking about sounds close to reality, but it actually isn't true when it comes to Auburn.

    I made a whole list of examples throughout AP poll history of where Auburn had the same record as teams like Texas, Notre Dame, Georgia, USC, and even Alabama, but we were ranked higher than any of them. It's not from one season or one era either. It's been found frequently throughout many different years.

    Take even this year....at 4-2, only Texas A&M was ahead of us with 2 losses, and we were ahead of Georgia, Florida, and Notre Dame who all were also 4-2, as well as ahead of 5-1 Penn State and 4-1 USC.

    Later, we were the highest ranked team with 3 losses. Behind us was 5-2 Texas, and other three-loss teams like Ohio State, FSU, and Notre Dame.

    Sorry I don't have the link, but that perception isn't nearly as close to being reality as we often feel it is.

    I think I remember reading that . It was shortly after you started your Thursday articles if I remember correctly. While I agree with that for the most part I still believe part of my argument holds water. I agree that when we are talking about a 9-3 ot 10-2 AU team being ranked similarly to "power" teams the numbers back up your argument. I was really refering to it being unfair when we are talking about comparing national championship type records (undefeated or 1 loss). It seems that when non-traditional top 5 or 10 teams are undefeated they always lose the argument to the name teams b/c people seem to believe if you haven't finished in the top 10 the 2 years prior to going undefeated, then you aren't quite good enough. I believe you may have written something else pertaining to that. Basically saying if we establish a top 10 program every year we will get the benefit of the doubt. I'm not saying we aren't ranked similarly at say 15th or 20th. I guess my point is you can be the best team in the country even though you lost 5 games the year before (2010 AU). Yet the non traditional teams won't get the benefit of the doubt if there is a debate to be had at the very top. I don't think that's fair b/c it should be about the current team. Conciously or sub-consciously people have a bias. I hope that made sense.

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  • that my friend is all of our frustration very well written. Lou Holtz ( the spitting cobra ) is the master of selective fact findings to support his demented conclusions. Since 2004 I have supported a playoff for all of the reasons stated however you must win your conference to make the playoffs none of this at large bulls&*t or we will be back to square one with certain universities getting special treatment - WDE

    ON TO VICTORY - STRIKE UP THE BAND

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