Originally posted on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 12/12/12

In this week’s AP college basketball poll, the San Diego State Aztecs (7-1) dropped one spot from 17th to 18th despite going 2-0 during the week. You might be thinking at this point that it’s because they played weak competition, and that’s true. The Aztecs’ two wins came over Texas Southern and UC-Santa Barbara, both double digit wins. Not exactly incredible competition there. However, that’s not why the Aztecs dropped. Instead, their ranking changed because one reporter, Elton Alexander, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, thought the SDSU Aztecs were the University of San Diego Toreros. Alexander ranked USD in what should have been SDSU’s spot while leaving the Aztecs unranked, causing the drop in the AP poll. Yeah, you read that right. In college basketball, this isn’t a world-ending mistake. The in-season polls aren’t all that important because college basketball has a playoff at the end of the season, one the Aztecs would surely get into based on being a top 25 team regardless of whether they win their conference tournament or not. But that’s the point. College basketball has a system that de-emphasizes polls because they, here comes the shocker, are flawed. All the time. College football still hasn’t figured this out. In fact, the biases and issues related to the polls actually might be helping out the major conferences. Need evidence? Look no further than the coaches’ poll, which is part of the BCS formula. College football doesn’t have a playoff, so it relies on the judgement of computers, the Harris Poll and the coaches’ poll. Yet there’s no way college football coaches have the time to watch enough games to have an informed opinion on potential rankings. Naturally, this leads to scandals like coaches ranking unbeaten Notre Dame fourth behind three in-conference rivals (Vanderbilt’s James Franklin), lying about where he ranked his own team (USC’s Lane Kiffin) and gaining a reputation for begging his colleagues for votes in the coaches poll (Texas’ Mack Brown). And this is all part of the formula to help determine the mythical national champion! So thank you to college basketball for making yet another salient point about the deep flaws in college football that still remain. Sure, one sportswriter messed up his ballot, but no one should be worried about SDSU. Yet college football coaches spend nearly every week of the season showing actual, provable bias in their ballots, and we’re all just sort of okay with that too.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NHL adds meldonium to banned substances list

Report: Chances of Jonathan Papelbon signing ‘non-existent’

Chris Bosh isn’t pleased with the Miami Heat

NFL clears players in HGH investigation

NFL execs: Kaepernick 'traitor,' hated as much as Carruth

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kansas FB settling first-team reps with Rock-Paper-Scissors

Report: Vikings trainers saved Bridgewater's 'leg and career'

Baylor's Zamora suspended 3 games for beating his dog

Craig Sager to undergo third bone marrow transplant

Madden 17's live commentary tackles Kaepernick controversy

Nationals' Stephen Strasburg expected to return next week

2016 offers more lessons for the NFL on domestic violence

Twitch works to highlight gamers with disabilities

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal opens up about worst game of career

The NBA's worst signature shoes

The barren wasteland of available NFL quarterbacks

College football conference breakdown, Week 1

Kevin Owens is the right WWE Champion at the right time

Jake Arrieta almost quit baseball before trade to Cubs

Fred Taylor: NFL doctors never told me about multiple injuries

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal on the one move that caused the demise of the Chargers

The hottest MLB pitchers headed into September sprint

Kanye West, Saint Pablo Tour and the anti-celebrity

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

2016 offers more lessons for the NFL on domestic violence

Twitch works to highlight gamers with disabilities

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal opens up about the worst game of his career

The NBA's worst signature shoes

The barren wasteland of available NFL quarterbacks

College football conference breakdown, Week 1

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal on the one move that caused the demise of the Chargers

The hottest MLB pitchers headed into September sprint

West-ern Literature: How Kanye's fans find meaning in between the lines

Madden 17's live commentary tackles Kaepernick controversy

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker