That's just the AP and Coaches Polls, right? The BCS Poll, which the NCAA claims to be theirs, doesn't come out until later in the season.
Of course it is, and it still shouldn't come out until the BCS rankings come out, they all 3 count towards the actual ranking.
Regardless, the BCS is crap. It's a self-designed, elitist system that basically casts out any school the NCAA doesn't think can make it any money. And by the NCAA determining who is and who isn't an AQ school or conference, all they are doing is allowing the big schools to say "No" to any non-AQ school who wants to play them.
The big programs get richer while the small schools struggle for recognition. Sorry, but TCU is undefeated and they deserve recognition for that fact. I don't care who they played and I really don't care if they could hang with SEC teams week in and week out like some claim. Can you imagine if MLB, NBA and NFL all started claiming who had better divisions or each started ranking teams based upon SOS?
The simple fact is the kids won these games, and they have nothing to do with scheduling, what conference they play in or otherwise. They just went out and beat whoever they played.
Could you imagine if there were 100+ teams in the MLB, NBA, and NFL?
Fact: an 11-1 team from x conference isn't the same as one from y conference.
You can't just go by record with so many teams involved.
No one likes the system, except the people making millions from it. Most people want a playoff system. But even with a playoff system, the rankings would be exactly the same.
And, just for the record, take a look at the final Sagarin SOS ratings- the PAC 10 as a conference and individual teams had the most difficult schedules in the land:
Sagarin Top 10 SOS rankings end of 2010 season (pre-Bowl games)
1. Oregon State
3. Washington State
6. Arizona State
7. USC (Southern Cal)
Meanwhile, everyone's beloved SEC teams finished the 2010 season with Sagarin SOS rankings as follows:
14. South Carolina
29. Mississippi State
That's cool, so where's Oregon? #19
Oh and TCU? #80...cute...real cute...