Bowden’s debt

October 6, 2009

The debate of the moment in the ACC is over Bobby Bowden’s future at Florida State. It should be a short one, in my opinion. Bowden needs to retire at the end of this season.

Bowden’s supporters argue that, for putting FSU on the college football map, Bowden deserves to choose his own exit strategy. It’s true that Bowden took the Seminoles from nowhere to two national titles, and he may now be a victim of his own success. At most schools, consistently winning 7 to 9 games a year is more than sufficient. But Bowden set a higher bar in the 1980s and 1990s than he can reach today.

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Ranking Miami

September 26, 2009
AP voters still seem confused about where to rank Graig Cooper and Miami, even after their impressive win last week over Georgia Tech.

As a group, AP voters seemed confused about where to rank Graig Cooper and Miami after their impressive win last week over Georgia Tech. (Getty Images/Doug Benc)

Jimmy and I meant to do some more posting earlier in the week. Unfortunately, events conspired against us, but I thought it was important to put up this entry today — even if I am writing it a couple of hours before Miami and Virginia Tech kick off.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Doug Lesmerises has been drawing a lot of attention this week for the unique methodology he uses to fill out his AP ballot. Essentially, Lesmerises throws out any preconceived notions about how good a team should be and focuses on results.

Some, me included, would argue that Lesmerises is simply doing what an AP voter is supposed to do. However, many people are critical of the approach because he takes a lot of extreme positions. For example, his most recent ballot had Florida at No. 5 (the lowest ranking for the defending national champion), Houston at No. 3 (the Cougars were left off seven ballots this week) and Miami at No. 2.

That last one got me thinking about where the Hurricanes stand in the national rankings. Miami ended up ninth in this week’s AP poll, but there’s nothing close to a consensus among voters about just how good they are.

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