The SEC Really Does Benefit From Media Bias In Polls

This past week, four of the top five teams in the Associated Press College Football Poll hailed from the SEC West Division. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, among others, wondered aloud whether ESPN's ownership of the brand-new SEC network, which launched this year, might be responsible for such a coincidence. » 10/30/14 1:52pm 10/30/14 1:52pm

Florida State Tops The AP Poll, Which Very Much Still Matters

The Associated Press has released its preseason college football poll, always fun, but maybe carrying a little extra poignancy this year, the first time a national champion will be chosen without the (official) input of polls. » 8/18/14 9:09am 8/18/14 9:09am

Forbes's 2012 List Of The Most Valuable Teams In College Football Reads…

Forbes's latest best guess at the most valuable college football programs is out, and if you're a Texas fan, congratulations: Your slavering devotion to the Death Star of the Big 12 has paid off once again. You're number one! Granted, you're in the "also receiving votes" category in the AP's poll of on-the-field… » 12/22/12 3:25pm 12/22/12 3:25pm

Why Texas State Got A 16th-Place Vote In The AP Poll

For the time being, the Texas State Bobcats are the only team to be undefeated in their FBS history. Sure, they're just 1-0 all-time, joining the WAC this season after 23 years in the I-AA/FCS Southland conference. But that one was a stylish one. It was a 30-13 walloping of Houston, in Houston, that forced the… » 9/05/12 11:20am 9/05/12 11:20am

Who's Smart And Good At Football? Presenting Your AP-U.S. News

Is there any body in American higher education more unaccountable and capricious with other people's lives and millions of dollars than the BCS? Why, sure! This week brings a new round of made-up educational rankings from the otherwise essentially defunct U.S. News. (Did you know that No. 22 Boston University Law… » 9/16/11 4:45pm 9/16/11 4:45pm

That's Three L's On The Jersey, And One In The Box Score

Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and the blogosphere to bring you everything you need to know to start your day. » 10/30/09 6:30am 10/30/09 6:30am

Florida Is Number One, And It Isn't Close

The preseason AP College Football Poll has been released, and the Florida Gators are number one in the nation, by the widest margin in the poll's history. » 8/23/09 3:30pm 8/23/09 3:30pm

AP's Dumb Baseball Poll And The Durable Myth Of The Overpaid Ballplayer

The Associated Press and Knowledge Networks recently teamed up for a state-of-baseball poll that revealed nothing whatsoever except the silly dogmas of the sort of people who commission state-of-baseball polls, i.e. sportswriters. » 7/14/09 2:15pm 7/14/09 2:15pm