Today, as I'm browsing through the college football standings, I noticed something that immediately jumped out at me--
Texas A&M is 3-0; Wisconsin is 4-0 and Auburn is 4-0. Three iconic programs undefeated and remarkably, none of them are ranked in either the AP Poll or the Coaches Poll.
What is going on?
I know they haven't played anyone meaningful yet, but I think their rich history should still count for something. And they are still members of 3 powerful conferences. I think the pollsters could have shown them a little love.
And I'm sure their strength of schedule component is much stronger than TCU, Cincinnati and Houston's (who are all in the top 15) put together.
Yes, I know they've been through some hard times in recent years but they are still world class programs and part of college football lore.
I mean, to me, Texas A&M is synonymous with college football. Every time I hear someone mention College Station or R.C. Slocum or the iconic Southwest Conference-- it reminds me of the good old days. I remember them days when the Aggies were always in the conversation.
Wisconsin was once a Big Ten powerhouse, winners of 3 Rose Bowls (1994, 1999, 2000) in recent times. The Badgers are still the team of Barry Alvarez, Alan Ameche and more recently, Ron Dayne.
And Auburn a once-SEC powerhouse had an undefeated season as recently as 2004. Who can forget the days of Bo Jackson (above) and Tracy Rocker.
So when I saw that all 3 are undefeated and unranked-- it blew me away.
My, oh my-- how times have changed.
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