If you ever want to make yourself angry, or maybe just annoyed, just look at a list.
There is no possible way for every human on earth to agree on a list. Websites create lists just because they know it will drive traffic to their site from all the people arguing about the list. Best burger in America, best salsa brand, best Beatles songs …
Best NAIA football teams.
That’s the list that caught my eye on Monday. Benedictine College was ranked No. 24 in the Spring Poll, but when the Preseason Coaches Poll was released on Monday, the Ravens had dropped out of the rankings. The confusing part is not a single game has been played, yet there was a change in the rankings.
Imagine my surprise when I looked at the full poll on Tuesday morning – the two teams who joined the rankings, effectively bumping BC out, each went 5-6 last season. Saint Xavier and Southern Oregon are good programs, but the fact remains they each had losing seasons in 2016. I’m not sure why they suddenly get the benefit of the doubt in the preseason poll.
I’ve written almost 200 words to complain about the poll, but the next five words are the most important: The preseason poll doesn’t matter.
The next poll won’t be released until Monday, Sept. 11. At that point, the Ravens will have played three games, including one against No. 12 Missouri Valley College. Teams in the poll will lose, teams outside the poll will win, and voters will have a better idea of how this season is going to shake out after three weeks.
BC isn’t supposed to beat MVC, based on rankings, but they have the potential to get the win. That season- and home-opener is followed by a home game against Evangel and a road game at Avila. The opportunity is there for the Ravens to start the season 3-0.
If that happens, you can bet on seeing the Ravens inside that Sept. 11 poll.