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Popularity and Pedigree Matter in the B.C.S. (NYTimes)

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An analysis of the Bowl Championship Series rankings since 2004 show that popular teams tend to be ranked higher in the polls and often receive the benefit of the doubt. This season, the team that could be in the best position to benefit is Florida State. The Seminoles are ranked fifth in the coaches poll to start the season, and they are also among the most popular teams in the country, according to the fan surveys.