Another year, another BCS headache for Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles.
This time though, instead of being disrespected by computers, Fisher's Seminoles are contending with preseason polls and the perceptions of voters nationwide that have so far been unwilling to consider Florida State ahead of Oregon.
“Let’s don’t even make a poll -- you wouldn’t sell any preseason magazines though -- and wait until about week six or seven so you can really judge in your opinion where [teams] are," said Fisher on Monday.
“The argument is more ‘should they jump them?’ Well why were they ever ahead of them? You know what I mean, and I’m not saying that for us, there could be teams behind us that think they’re ahead of us, I mean I think you’re probably better off to wait until week six or seven and see who’s playing well and what’s going on."
In that regard Fisher is probably right.
If you had to pick two groups of individuals that would probably rather fight you than ever admit they got something wrong, football coaches and reporters are definitely at the top of that list.
While the Associated Press poll doesn't factor into the BCS itself, it does factor into perception and the AP does award a national championship every year.
And if Oregon and Alabama win out, they will finish 1-2 in both polls for the simple fact that jumping another team over them would be a fairly blatant admission that the voters were wrong in the first place.
Should that matter? Probably not.
Does it? Yes.
Despite beating Clemson convincingly and dominating NC State so completely that their starters didn't have to play during the second half, FSU fell behind Oregon in the latest BCS standings due largely in part to Oregon being ahead of Florida State in the human polls.
And that's why a lot of folks around Florida State are just resigned to their BCS fate.
"That’s something I really can’t control so I just leave it up to God," said Devonta Freeman after FSU's 49-17 win on Saturday. "God sees everything and whoever was looking -- whoever saw the game -- they saw what happened. I don’t really too much care what the media or whoever say about that."
Added WR Kelvin Benjamin: "We only can control what we can control. You know you can always throw your comments out there about it, but you know at the end of the day you’ve got to put your faith in God -- just put your faith in however they do it -- and just trust that we’re probably going to get a spot."
Unfortunately for Florida State, God doesn't get a vote. But Jimbo Fisher does.
Surely, Florida State's head coach is doing everything he can to make sure his team ends up where it wants to get -- barring a loss, of course?
“We didn’t have a first place vote did we?” asked Fisher, rhetorically, when answering a question about whether he had given FSU a first place vote in his coaches poll ballot.
“I don’t look at it that way," added Fisher. "That’s a job I have, I don’t look at it through our team, you can’t let emotion get into it. And I think that’s one of the things you have to do as a coach, you have to understand what your job is.
"Emotion can’t be into it, you have to do what you think from your study, your evaluation, your opinion and your expertise over years of doing it where you should fit into that poll and look at it. It really isn’t [difficult] because I just don’t look at it that way.”
So what does Jimbo Fisher's top five look like?
He's not telling. Nor does he have any suggestions for a better way to do things.
"There’s not an answer because whatever you come up with somebody’s going to argue and say there’s a different way," said Fisher. "That’s why college football is such a great game because some of this skepticism brings about popularity to the sport and keeps every week and every game so important.”
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