The annual AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Polls are out and available for all the world to see. The difference in 2014 is, the polls finally mean nothing more than the opinions of a group of people who have no say in how things shake out in college football.
Personally, I think that’s a wonderful thing.
What they do represent, however, is a national perception of some programs. This is slightly more true of the AP poll, as you could compare those voters to congressmen who represent a region of constituents. They are a reflection of the beats they cover and the fan-bases they serve.
A look at the first polls of the year made me tilt my head to the side like a confused dog as I read some of the team names and where they were ranked. It is painfully apparent that there are some teams across the college football landscape (and it’s been this way for quite some time) who are living off their historical reputations as opposed to what they actually are in 2014.
I’ve combed the polls and and pointed out five programs who are cashing in on their past from a perception standpoint while not really delivering in the present. Enjoy!