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This is one of the reasons I've very wary of Oklahoma this year. Lot of upheaval (like ND last year), lot of criticism for constantly underachieving (like ND last year), new QB in the attack (like ND last year) ... with far less expectations this year, they are primed for an ambush.
Sizing up Oklahoma, Florida State and other college football teams failing to meet preseason hype; assessing Mark Emmert and the NCAA; more reader mail.
It's years like these the players can play loose, no expectations, everybody thinks we'll be bad, prototypical "us against the world" feeling, actually can be quite liberating.
ND won't be sneaking up anybody that is for sure.
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Folks like to take a chart like the one cited in the article and use it to bash programs or coaches. The only thing the chart establishes is that sports writers are not very good at determining during the preseason who the best college football teams may be that year. Frankly, they are not often very good even during the season because they can't watch every team. If no one was allowed to do a poll until the first week of November, then you would not have as much of a problem with a perception of teams being over rated or under rated. Fans would also probably enjoy their college team's seasons more because everyone who was doing well early on would be number one for weeks and the writers would have to really pay attention to games, schedules and how teams were playing. But writer's wouldn't be able to sell pre-season magazines, over analyze "top team match ups" and play with rankings and statistics to tell a story a certain way. We won't see any articles advocating a ban on pre-season polls any time soon despite the chart establishing that sports writers are horrible at predicting the future.
I'm surprised Florida State isn't a little bit higher. I remember the Wall Street Journal did something similar last year and the Seminoles and Notre Dame were one and two on their list.
Well, the good thing is that ND is starting a new decade where things will be different, more wins, less dysfunction. ND has turned the corner, hopefully, and we are rising to the top where we (they) belong.
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