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Virgina Tech: What Do Preseason Rankings Have to Do with It?

Article By on 2nd July, 2009

... right? They give an accurate analysis of what's going to happen during the season, don't they? They help predict national champions, right? They are a precursor to the final rankings, aren't they?

Well, maybe. Or, maybe preseason rankings serve an entirely different purpose. A purpose that has little to do with potential national champions or final rankings.

I make the bold suggestion that preseason rankings serve only one real purpose: to keep fans, like me, pacified until the season begins.

Let's face it. It's a long, hot drought until September (or August if your team starts early). Hardcore fans spend that time doing two things: searching You Tube for tribute videos and scouring preseason rankings while dreaming of what ...

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