I used to be really into college basketball from around 10th to 12th grade, and oddly enough this year, I’ve gotten into it again. That means I’ve never followed college basketball closely pre-March Madness while I was in college, but I just never went to schools with good basketball programs and I just shifted my interest to the NBA.
This year, I started following college basketball again. I don’t know why, exactly. I think it’s an interesting time because people who would have been in the NBA are now forced to do at least a year in college, so that makes it all very interesting and we know that at least some of the players are NBA-worthy. Anyway, one thing that used to annoy me back in the day and still annoys me now is the AP Polls.
It seems like the AP poll, operates under a fairly automatic system that works without much thought: Take last week's poll, move down 2-3 spaces the teams that lost, and move up the teams that won. It seems like little thought is given to the caliber of the opponent or much else.
Even if a top 25 team loses to a team ranked higher than them, which would be the expected outcome, (i.e. Arizona losing to UNC, Clemson losing to Duke, or Washington State losing to Oregon) they move down in the rankings while mid-major teams like Butler, Air Force, or Nevada move up for beating mediocre teams. I think there are a lot of advocates for allowing the mid-majors to have a chance, but it’s ridiculous to think that because
Fortunately, the seeding for March Madness isn’t done by the polls but by a committee and by the RPI, which is probably something like the BCS system. I think any computerized system is going to be much better than the AP Poll because it doesn’t suffer from human problems of having short-term memory and the like. I don’t know much about college football, but if the BCS system places teams mathematically, that’s gotta be better than human judgement in this case. People tend to complain when the AP Poll disagrees with whomever the BCS assigns as #1 and #2 but if the AP Poll in Football is anything like the AP Poll in Basketball, I’d much rather trust a computer.