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Coaches Poll Bias: ACC vs SEC vs Big XII

I'm sure a lot of FSU fans are disappointed about the Seminoles rank in the BCS poll this week. So was I. I know you guys were docked in the computer portion because of the games against Murray State & Savannah State, but those games are behind you now - every team remaining on your schedule currently has a winning record, so that should help in the computer portion of the poll.

The problem is overcoming the bias in the coaches poll, IMO.

I analyzed the coaches poll results so far this year, and I noticed something that I'm sure you already knew, but also something I never would've guessed.

First, when the two highly-ranked ACC teams lost their one game - both of which were in-conference, on the road - each team fell exactly 7 spots in the coaches poll. However, when LSU and S Carolina lost their one game each - again, both in-conference on the road - they only fell 5 spots. That's a 2-spot advantage for the SEC - not only those teams, but also every team that plays them. Fortunately, that may work in your favor in week #13...

Here's what surprised me, though: when I looked at the Big XII, I found that Oklahoma dropped 10 spots after their one loss. OK, so it was a home loss; that's why I looked at WVU's loss at Texas Tech. Well, the Mountaineers fell 11 spots! Not only am I surprised that two Big XII teams fell further than 2 ACC teams, but I'm also a little indignant that those SEC teams are getting such preferential treatment.

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via 3.bp.blogspot.com

[LINK to my article Bias in USA Today Coaches Poll]

I guess the bottom line is this: win out and beat Florida and maybe it won't matter. (Yes, I know that would require FSU to beat my Hokies - look, we stink this year and don't deserve to go to the BCS! Va Tech is a nice Music City Bowl kind of team, IMO).

Bottom Line: What do you guys think? Am I just being paranoid, or does it seem like there is something amiss? If it were Va Tech with only one loss - on the road, to a pretty good NC State team - I know how I would feel about it!

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