Some say that the preseason Top 25 rankings don’t matter much at all. Some say that being the best team in the country going into the season isn’t that big of a deal because anything can happen. For the most part, I would believe the latter group of fans.
There was a stat floating around Monday morning that may interest a lot of college football fans. The BCS was easily one of the most controversial systems in deciding a national champion, but in most cases it actually worked.
Looking back at the bowls since that era began, the preseason polls must have really mattered to whoever was doing the selecting.
Since the BCS era began in 1998, the end results for the preseason number one team in the country and the preseason number two team in the country have been much different.
If you look at the number one overall team, twelve times they have gone one to play in either a national championship game or New Year’s Day bowl, while the number two team has made it to one EVERY SINGLE YEAR.
Only twice has the number one team gone on to win the national championship game, with one of those wins being USC’s in 2004 which has since been vacated, while the number two team has won the national title five times, with the most recent being Alabama in 2013.
Also, the lowest the number two team in the preseason rankings has fallen in their end-of-the-year ranking was to number 17, which was Notre Dame in 2006, while a preseason number one team has actually ended the season unranked (USC in 2012).
You can see the entire list here.
Those are some pretty amazing statistics. Right now, those don’t bode well for the Ohio State Buckeyes, while the TCU Horned Frogs are sitting damn pretty right now.
This is going to be an interesting season, but will the Buckeyes become “just another statistic” or will they rise up break the mold once again?
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