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Drum roll please..........  The Harris Poll is out and they look exactly the same as the other polls! Congrats to these voters who openly admit to not watching games.

Just ask some of the voters in the Harris Interactive Poll, which helps determine the title-game matchup.

"I did not see them play [in the regular season]," Bobby Aillet said.

"I didn’t see any live games," Lance McIlhenny said. "I just [saw] highlights."

"I don’t recall if I saw them play specifically during the regular season," David Housel said. "I don’t remember a specific game."

These quotes are in reference to Utah last year in their BCS run.  Still relevant, and even more proof that these guys cheat on their weekly exam by looking over the AP and coaches poll shoulder and steals their answers.  Their top seven are in the exact order of the other 1/3 that decides who plays in the BCS title game and the top 11 all have the same teams with only TCU and Cincinnati in different orders.

It is easy to slam the polls, but it looks like there is a little actual thinking going on in the polls.  Most thought --including myself-- BYU would move up in the polls after beating up on previously undefeated Colorado State who also was in the little brothers poll of 'also receiving votes.' Couple that with six teams ahead of them losing and bippity bop the Cougars fall in both polls.

This might actually mean voters take into account previous opponents results, because Florida State who smoked BYU lost at home to South Florida who was playing with a freshman quarterback.  To dig even deeper Miami, FL lost to Virginia Tech a team FSU hung with until the last play of the game.

Why I am now going to give voters too much credit, because the same Oklahoma team that lost to BYU moved up two spots despite that BYU lost to Florida State who then lost to South Florida.  Somehow Utah received less votes this week after they beat Louisville and then there was Oregon who Utah only lost to by four crushed Cal but there was no bump.

The real question is if TCU can catch Boise and if voters will rank Boise State lower for their schedule which outside of Oregon who is real good and a solid Fresno State team are a lot of bottom tier FBS programs.

 

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS PVS
1 Florida (55) 4-0 1490 1
2 Texas (1) 4-0 1420 2
3 Alabama (4) 4-0 1400 3
4 LSU 4-0 1225 7
5 Boise State 4-0 1203 8
6 Virginia Tech 3-1 1190 11
7 USC 3-1 998 12
8 Oklahoma 2-1 979 10
9 Ohio State 3-1 957 13
10 Cincinnati 4-0 946 14
11 TCU 3-0 896 15
12 Houston 3-0 844 17
13 Iowa 4-0 788 NR
14 Oklahoma State 3-1 591 16
15 Penn State 3-1 470 5
16 Oregon 3-1 462 NR
17 Miami (FL) 2-1 452 9
18 Kansas 4-0 418 20
18 Georgia 3-1 418 21
20 Brigham Young 3-1 349 19
21 Mississippi 2-1 340 4
22 Michigan 4-0 271 23
23 Nebraska 3-1 256 25
24 California 3-1 206 6
25 Georgia Tech 3-1 185 NR

* Dropped from rankings: Florida State 18, North Carolina 22

* Others receiving votes: Missouri 175, Auburn 171, South Carolina 154, South Florida 145, UCLA 41, Utah 25, Wisconsin 20, Notre Dame 7, Arizona State 4, Stanford 2, North Carolina 2.

 

USA Today Coaches' Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS PVS
1 Florida (58) 4-0 1474 1
2 Texas (1) 4-0 1410 2
3 Alabama 4-0 1364 3
4 LSU 4-0 1226 7
5 Boise State 4-0 1144 8
6 Virginia Tech 3-1 1091 12
7 USC 3-1 1081 10
8 Oklahoma 2-1 1055 9
9 Ohio State 3-1 1036 11
10 TCU 3-0 928 14
11 Cincinnati 4-0 848 15
12 Oklahoma State 3-1 665 16
13 Penn State 3-1 627 4
14 Georgia 3-1 616 17
15 Houston 3-0 539 23
16 Kansas 4-0 508 19
17 Iowa 4-0 462 NR
18 Mississippi 2-1 424 5
19 California 3-1 356 6
20 Michigan 4-0 304 22
21 Miami (FL) 2-1 298 13
21 Brigham Young 3-1 298 20
23 Missouri 4-0 295 21
24 Nebraska 3-1 242 24
25 Oregon 3-1 198 NR

* Dropped from rankings: North Carolina 18, Florida State 25

* Others receiving votes: Georgia Tech 186, South Florida 117, Auburn 103, South Carolina 92, Wisconsin 53, Utah 40, UCLA 27, Notre Dame 23, Stanford 20, North Carolina State 8, North Carolina 7, Florida State 4, Minnesota 2, Arizona 2, Rutgers 1, Texas A&M 1

 

Harris Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS PVS
1 Florida (99) 4-0 2825 1
2 Texas (4) 4-0 2711 3
3 Alabama (11) 4-0 2658 4
4 LSU 4-0 2413 NR
5 Boise State 4-0 2264 9
6 Virginia Tech 3-1 2129 22
7 USC 3-1 2023 5
8 Ohio State 3-1 1912 10
9 Oklahoma 2-1 1898 2
10 Cincinnati 4-0 1700 12
11 TCU 3-0 1658 11
12 Penn State 3-1 1135 6
13 Houston 3-0 1122 NR
14 Iowa 4-0 1102 NR
15 Oklahoma State 3-1 1091 13
16 Kansas 4-0 951 NR
17 Georgia 3-1 823 17
18 Mississippi 2-1 804 23
19 Brigham Young 3-1 796 16
20 Michigan 4-0 713 NR
21 California 3-1 676 NR
22 Miami (FL) 2-1 665 NR
23 Oregon 3-1 620 15
24 Nebraska 3-1 409 NR
25 Missouri 4-0 404 24

* Dropped from rankings: Utah 7, Texas Tech 8, Georgia Tech 14, Michigan State 18, Pittsburgh 19, Ball State 20, Northwestern 21, Oregon State 25

* Others receiving votes: Auburn 366, Georgia Tech 340, South Florida 308, South Carolina 144, Wisconsin 119, Utah 84, UCLA 55, Notre Dame 51, Texas A&M 30, Stanford 9, North Carolina 9, Washington 6, Arizona 5, Indiana 5, Connecticut 4, Southern Miss 3, Florida State 2, Kansas State 2, Minnesota 2, Pittsburgh 2, Iowa State 1, Texas Tech 1,