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College Poll Voters Still Like Maryland

The look of a rank-able team. (By John McDonnell - TWP)

We've already seen hundreds if not thousands of examples proving that college football coaches SIDs and Harris Interactive pod persons are unfit to determine which college football teams should play for the national championship. Today was just the latest ignominy for these supposedly thoughtful rankings.

The Maryland Terrapins have a loss against Middle Tennessee State. They are currently coming off a 31-point loss to a Virginia team that was coming off a 28-point loss to Duke. Their four wins include one against a I-AA team that has a losing record, and another against a struggling MAC team.

All in all, it's hard to imagine why anyone in the world would decide that, as of Oct. 5, Maryland is one of the 25 best teams in the land. Anyone who wasn't picking teams out of a hat, I guess. Or sniffing glue.

But never underestimate your very serious Harris Interactive and Coaches Poll voters. The Terps got seven votes in the Coaches' Poll, and 10 votes in the Harris. And it doesn't matter that those totals were both good for about 40th in the rankings, because those totals mean that multiple voters--charged with the very serious task of determining the national champion--decided instead to be irresponsible goofballs and vote for, among others, a team that couldn't score a single point against a team Duke had just lit up.

They should all be disenfranchised immediately.

Here, by the way, is the one poll that truly matters: The Las Vegas Sports Consultants Oddsmakers Top 30. Significantly overrated teams include LSU, Boise State and Michigan State. Significantly underrated teams include Southern Cal, Florida, Cal, TCU, West Virginia, Clemson, Arizona and Boston College.

And sorry this has been missing so frequently in recent weeks; I'll do better. Stupid Coaches' rankings in parentheses.

1. Oklahoma (1)
2. Southern Cal (9)
3. Missouri (2)
4. Texas (5)
5. Florida (12)
6. Penn State (6)
7. Alabama (4)
8. Texas Tech (7)
9. Georgia (10)
10. Ohio State (11)
11. LSU (3)
12. Brigham Young (8)
13. California (25th)
14. Kansas (15)
15. Oklahoma State (17)
16. Texas Christian (27th)
17. West Virginia (NR)
18. Utah (13)
19t. Wisconsin (24th)
19t. Clemson (NR)
21. Arizona (37th)
22. Tulsa (28th)
23. Boise State (16)
24t. South Florida (20)
24t. Auburn (23rd)
24t. South Carolina (43t)
24t. Virginia Tech (18)
28. Boston College (42)
29. Cincinnati (36)
30. Michigan State (19)

Unranked by Vegas: Vanderbilt (14th), Wake Forest (21st), Northwestern (22nd).

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 6, 2008; 3:09 PM ET
Categories:  College Football , Terps  
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Wa hoo freakin' wa.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | October 6, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

First! Who cares about college football polls anyway!
More on the Philly egg throwers!!

Posted by: FIRST! | October 6, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Hmm... tell me more about this "FIRST!" of which you speak.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | October 6, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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