To borrow a quote from our coach, "Let's worry about things we can control." Our opponents record other than the game against us is out of our control. Really, lets take them one at a time and beat the team we are scheduled to play.
So if the polls come out this week and we are number 4, should we all be good with that because it doesn't matter and we don't control it?
What I'm trying to control is my ability to understand how our team, compared to 118 other teams, is seen as #1. Is it just that fact that we are undefeated?
If we had lost Saturday, we wouldn't be in the top 5 come this afternoon, so part of it is certainly being undefeated obviously. We have some respectable wins though, and anyone in the SEC who gets up to #2 or #1 in the polls and keeps on winning is going to stay there... especially with a win in the SECCG.
The one thing I don't like is, early loses are forgiven, and late loses penalize you. Look at UF (see also: USC). They are playing great football right now, but the fact is, they lost to Ole Miss, AT HOME (USC lost to a similar opponent in Oregon State). If BAMA had lost to a ranked LSU team Saturday on the road, I would imagine we'd see the Tide slip to around 9th or 10th in the polls. To me, that is a little silly, which is why I like the computers having a say-so in the BCS formula. If you are going to lose a game though, it is best to lose it early in the season.
Therein lies the best defense of our ranking.
We did not lose to Ole Miss at home - and we played them.
We did not lose to Oregon State, and we have played better teams.
We did not lose to Okie State, though we have played comparable teams.
We did not lose to Iowa, and we have played better teams.
We did not play 2 FCS (D1AA) teams to start the season.
We did not lose to Texas Like OU.
We did not lose to Tx Tech (like Texas).
Texas Tech played 2 FCS teams, and went to overtime at home against Nebraska.
While an argument could be made that any of those teams is playing better than we are, or might beat us, we have played a solid schedule, and have not lost. Every week this season, we have heard that we are posers and (team x) will beat us. Well, until someone does, we are deserving of whatever ranking or accolades we get.
Would Florida beat us? Maybe, maybe not...we will find out. But first, we play MSU and Auburn - 2 teams that won bowls in the 2007 season.
Clemson was preseason top 10.
LSU was the defending national champion.
UGA was undefeated and ranked #3 - preseason #1, and we beat them at their house.
Tennesse was the defending SEC East champ.
Its not our fault that other teams have had down seasons. We had a tough schedule in the preseason. The pundits all said that we might be better this year, but have a worse record because our schedule was so hard...now they say we had a soft schedule.
Sorry...we are 10-0. The only other BCS team that can say that is TTech, and I think they lose against OU.