It would seem to make sense that if a team wins a championship, it should be the team-to-beat until it loses. That is, a defending champion should be ranked No. 1 until someone else beats them.
USC won the college football championship last year. Over all, they have won 29 straight games. And yet, the team is currently ranked No. 2 in the BCS rankings, behind No. 1 Texas.
To many people, this doesn't make sense. How can a team go from No. 1 to No. 2 while it amasses 29 straight wins, they ask.
The answer is easy.
The 2005 polls are based on games played this year. That is, 21 of USC's 29 wins don't count toward this year's rankings. And they shouldn't -- this year's team is different and has an entirely separate roster.
In a ranking of the last 29 games, USC would obviously be ranked No. 1. But in the seven games played so far this year, the team is just one of six undefeated teams (USC, Virginia Tech, Texas, Georgia, Alabama and UCLA).
Critics should pay attention to the fact that only the BCS has those six teams ranked 1 through 6. The AP poll and the USA Today poll both leave out UCLA from that list. Still hate the BCS?