|BCS computers wouldn't give the Tide a chance to defend its title -- right now. (US Presswire)|
Looking at both the Associated Press and Coaches polls, it's clear that Alabama is considered the best team in the country by human voters. It was ranked first on 118 of the 119 combined ballots last weekend.
However, just because mankind seems to like Alabama doesn't mean the computers do. Yes, according to Yahoo!'s Pat Forde, it turns out machines don't like college football's machine nearly as much as we do.
Despite the overwhelming belief among human voters that Alabama is the best team in America and Oregon is No. 2, the computers aren't buying it. At least not yet. The Dash looked at five of the six rankings that are used by the BCS -- Wolfe doesn't release its first public rankings until Sunday -- and four different teams are ranked No. 1: Alabama (Sagarin), Florida (Anderson & Hester), Oregon (Billingsley) and Notre Dame (Colley and Massey).
Yes, that's right, Notre Dame is considered the best team in the country by more BCS computer polls than Alabama. I can already hear the outrage from Tuscaloosa.
Currently the computer polls have a top five of Florida, Notre Dame, South Carolina, WestVirginia and then Alabama in fifth. Oregon, which is ranked second in both human polls, doesn't even make the top five.
Of course, that could all change by the time the first official BCS rankings are released on Sunday. I mean, Alabama could be sixth, or maybe even seventh by then.