In the old days -- OK, 2006 -- the major pollsters fell in line like those lemming Obama supporters.
If USC was No. 1 -- as it was in AP for 32 consecutive weeks from the end of 2003 to the last regular-season poll of 2005 -- then, well, by God that's where it stayed no matter what. What I'm trying to say here is that there isn't much original thought in the human polls. Check the Harris polls. Instead of voting in the moment, the BCS pollsters who debut in October usually fall in line with what the AP and coaches are spewing at the moment.
That's why Tuesday was somewhat of a big day in the polling business. USC jumped Georgia for the No. 1 in both major polls after one week of play for no apparent reason. The Trojans punched a punchless Virginia. Georgia ripped Georgia Southern. Ohio State, which fell from No. 2 to No. 3 in AP, pimp slapped Youngstown State.
Really, I didn't see much difference in quality in the opponent except that the Trojans traveled across the country to play a real, live BCS team. Call it the frequent flyer advantage. USC picked up nine more first-place votes and 49 points overall in going from third to first in AP. It also picked nine first-place votes in the coaches' poll outpointing Georgia 32-4.
That last time something like this happened, No. 2 LSU lept over No. 1 USC in the AP poll of Sept. 30, 2007. That week the Trojans won at Washington 27-24. Meanwhile, LSU beat Tulane in New Orleans, 34-9.
Maybe the pollsters couldn't stand Georgia getting another injury. Maybe USC looked that good. The latest shift seemed to be a reaction to some of these powers playing body bag games. Suddenly, the pollsters have a concscience. What a concept! This is what poll critics wanted, now they've got it.
Here's the preseason AP top 5 fared
1. Georgia beat I-AA Georgia Southern and fell to second losing two first-place votes and 22 points overall.
2. Ohio State beat I-AA Youngstown State and fell to third losing six first-place votes and nine points overall.
3. USC beat Virginia and went to No. 1 picking up nine first-place votes and 49 points overall.
4. Oklahoma beat I-AA Chattanooga and stayed in fourth losing two first-place votes and 12 points overall.
5. Florida beat Hawaii and stayed in fifth losing one first-place vote. Its point total stayed the same.
--If you were dialing into the George O'Leary's weekly teleconference with reporters at Central Florida on Monday, you got a phone sex hotline.
"Hi sexy you've reached the one-on-one fantasy line."
Insert your punch line containing the words "spread option", "deep coverage" here.
Oh, by the way, it was a mistake. An SID entered the wrong phone number for reporters to dial in on.
--Glad to see Frank Beamer see the light. Dual-threat quarterback Tyrod Taylor will play this week against Furman. Taylor was a candidate for a redshirt until Sean Glennon showed against East Carolina that he wasn't ready to fully lead the Hokies.