Things are starting to shake out nationwide. Here is the latest addition of the SFN poll. Conference leaders are becoming more clear, even in the Big 10 where Penn State can wrap up the BCS berth with a win over MSU in a couple of weeks.
Notre Dame on the strength of the same irrational exuberance that got Weis a hefty contract extension is highly ranked despite not â€œproving it on the fieldâ€?. How is ND ranked over Georgia, VPI, Ohio State, or even Oregon, Florida, Auburn, Florida State, and Wisconsin for that matter.
For example, VPI has quality wins over #16 WVU, #24 Ga Tech in a blowout, and a pretty good BC team. The closest of those wins was by 17 points. They lost to an outstanding Miami squad who is now ranked #3.
ND lost to unranked MSU, barely beat Michigan who was struggling at the time, but its marquee game was probably its loss to USC, which is I expect why they are ranked this high. Wins over Pitt, Washington, Purdue, and Tennessee may sound exciting, but none of those teams have a winning record. ND finishes with Navy, Syracuse, and Stanford, and unless they stub their toe, they wind up in a BCS bowl despite the fact that theyâ€™re ranked 18th by the computers and have only beaten one descent team.