For the thousands of Dawg lovers out there perusing this site for keen preseason analysis of the Dawgs, search no more. Rivals has a great write-up here.
What strikes me is that the reason they don’t rank the Dogs #1 is the strength of schedule. Their logic is that there is no way the Dogs can be undefeated, so they can’t rank them #1. What? Huh? Did I miss something? I thought the idea of being #1 was that you were the best. So… if Southern California goes undefeated by playing a cream puff (comparatively) schedule, does that make them better than the Dogs who might lose one or two against the toughest teams in the land?
This is why we need a playoff in college football. Otherwise, the “best” is up to the whims and the fancies of a bunch of sportswriters – who obviously failed logic while getting their journalism or english degrees.