Monday, May 08, 2006 Top 25 - ‘The Benchmark of Collegiate Football Polls’

Here are the top ten reasons why the Master Coaches Survey is ‘The Benchmark of Collegiate Football Polls’:

1) Because the Master Football Coaches know their Xs and Os.

Prediction by MCs last season: "Watching Texas Tech, I've noticed they take huge splits on the offensive line,“ said former Auburn coach Pat Dye. “Their QB (Cody) Hodges will get killed by Texas' dominating defensive line if they stay with those splits." Result: No autopsy, but Hodges was sacked six times.

2) Because they're not too "offensive."

The Master Coaches are big proponents of the adage "While offense wins games, defense wins championships ." The Master Coaches also know that, while there’s not a lot of difference between the top-ranked (USC) and 11th-ranked (Texas) offenses in the country; there is a huge differential between No. 6 (UT) and No. 44 (USC) when it comes to total defense.

3) Because they’ve seen every game that counts.

Each Monday, the Master Coaches receive a package of DVDs, containing footage of every game pertinent to the Top 25 rankings. They break down the plays ... just like they did when they were coaching ... and are able to spot the strengths and weaknesses of every team.

4) Because they form their own opinions.

"I have voted Texas No. 1 for the last three weeks, at least, and if they played USC, Texas would win," former Alabama coach Gene Stallings said.

"If you (USC) have won that many games, and you have won two back-to-back championships, and nobody has beaten you yet, then you’re the No. 1 team in the country until somebody beats you," countered former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler.

5) Because they discuss all the “what ifs.”

"The strength of the Master Coaches Survey lies in the viewing of the game films and the discussion that follows,” said MCS Executive Director Andy Curtin. “Each week, the Master Coaches mull over the primary question: Could team No. 3 beat team No. 2? The answers to this question, repeated down the line from No. 1 to No. 25, gives legitimacy to the results of the Master Coaches Survey."

6) Because they realize, better than most, all the intangibles that are involved.

“When I look on paper, there shouldn’t be anybody that can test Texas the rest of the season. But having spent 35 years in coaching, I know good and well somebody will,” said former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum.

7) Because they take their jobs seriously.

"When I was coaching, I couldn’t be completely fair to the teams I didn’t see. I would usually pass it on (voting in the coaches’ poll) to other people. I just didn’t have time. Now, not only do we have the time, but we look at 20 game tapes each week. I know more about college teams throughout the country than I ever did when I was coaching," said former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler.

8) Because you won’t find a more All-America lineup.

How would you like to have these guys on your team? John Cooper, Terry Donahue, Vince Dooley, Pat Dye, LaVell Edwards, Hayden Fry, Don James, Frank Kush, Dick MacPherson, Bill Mallory, Don Nehlen, John Ralston, John Robinson, Bo Schembechler, R.C. Slocum, Gene Stallings, George Welsh.

9) Because experience does matter.

We’re talking 390 years of NCAA Division I-A head coaching experience combined.

10) Because over 3,000 all-time victories, five national championships and 11 College Football Hall of Fame honors carry a lot of clout when it comes to picking the nation’s best teams.

The only human poll that had Texas rated No. 1 during the season. Enough said.

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