All the polls are finally out, and it gives everyone something to talk and write about. It shouldn't. My wife who doesn't know what a first down is even asks, "You actually care about that? Nobody's done anything yet." My answer, gloriously, is "NO." It wasn't always the case.
I used to wait with anticipation for the preseason AP and Coaches (formerly UPI) polls every year. I'd curse the voters if OU was lower than I preferred and gloat when the Sooners were tops. Silly kid. It means absolutely nothing in reality. Now, in our bizarro BCS society, the preseason polls can have a real effect. Being ranked higher allows you to withstand early losses. If you're ranked outside the top 15 and you lose early, you're