Syrause Outside Rankings But Still Top Big East Team

CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 30: Anthony Perkins #55 of the Syracuse Orange celebrates during the Big East Conference game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium on October 30 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Polls are dumb. Polls are arbitrary and based on human emotion and error. If not for the fact that college football operates under the lunatic process that includes their rankings in deciding its champion, no one should care what they say and who they rank. Especially the Coaches Poll, which is 90% decided by dart-throwing.

That said, Syracuse fans really want their team back in the Polls. I mean REALLY. If only to prove to show ourselves tangible proof that we are "back" and that others recognizes our "backness."

Sadly, that was not to be this week. The Orange were not able to place in either the AP or Coaches Polls, but they did get some solid votes. SU received 22 votes in the AP to finish 27th overall while they received 14 votes to finish 28th in the Coaches.

Rob Long of Fox Radio in Baltimore continues to be Syracuse's biggest fan, ranking them  22nd overall. Long told a radio state last week that he ranked SU high due to "their win over Pitt." Hey, if you won't tell him, neither will I...

Being that the Orange are the highest-ranked Big East team, you can imagine that our conference's showing in the BCS Rankings is a little on the low side.

It's no surprise that the Orange are leading the Big East in the standings, since they are the only league team getting votes in the USA Today coaches poll (checking in at 28th). They are also 28th in the Harris Poll. The polls, of course, make up two-thirds of the formula.

I can see Pitt's gripe that they should be ranked if we're going to be so close. But then again, maybe you should have won an OOC game against a credible opponent. Just sayin'.

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