The one sure thing in college football – and any sport for that matter – is that nothing is for sure. Look no farther than Appalachian State’s monumental upset of Michigan (ranked Top 5 in the preseason poll) in Week 1 last season.

Mathhew McCounaughdouche is happy with the preseason college football rankings. As always, Texas is at the top.

Mathhew McCounaughadouche is happy with the preseason college football rankings. As always, his Longhorns are at the top.

Yet year after year, the NCAA churns out preseason rankings. As you know, coaches determine the USA Today Poll. With about 120 Division I football programs, what kind of read do they have on the teams outside of their conference at this point? Hopefully not much of a read – if they’re doing their job.

So once again, dreadfully inaccurate polls come out in the preseason, putting schools that are off the preseason radar at an immediate disadvantage. Working your way into a BCS Bowl game is much tougher coming from the unranked, and much easier for the OSU, USC, and UF’s of the world, plopped into the preseason Top 10 year after year after year.

How wrong were the preseason rankings last year? Michigan was ranked Top 5 in both polls, only to get beat by a DII school in Week 1. Missouri was unranked in both polls, and finished Top 5 in both. Kansas didn’t receive a single vote in either preseason poll, but finished in the Top 10 in both.

In 2004, do you think it hurt Auburn – who finished the season undefeated – when they were ranked near the bottom of the polls to begin the season? USC and Oklahoma were No. 1 and 2 respectively in the preseason polls and played in the title game. Oklahoma came into that title game with a regular-season loss and got routed, while unbeaten Auburn took care of business in the Sugar Bowl.

So what team will get screwed by inaccurate preseason rankings this year? Nobody knows, which is exactly why it’s a joke.