Utah fans have been on an Internet rampage since the team's Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama, emailing voters in the Associated Press poll in hopes of earning the Utes a share of the national championship.
But with form letter after form letter landing in the inboxes of voters, the move has generally backfired. Many voters are so turned off by the volume of the Utah response that they plan to vote Florida or Oklahoma No. 1 regardless of what happens in Thursday night's Bowl Championship Series title game.
Considering that the AP decided get out of the BCS business in 2004, saying its participation hurt the integrity of the poll, this is an interesting development. Yes, we've come full circle now, and the AP voters are set to join the rest of the lemmings and jump off the fraudulent BCS cliff for fear of standing out in the crowd. What has happened to independent thinking in this country?
If this is about integrity, then AP voters should at the very least consider voting Utah No. 1, especially if the Sooners and Gators slog around like Texas and Ohio State did for much of Monday night's Fiesta Bowl.
Rubber stamping the winner of the BCS title game as the national champion merely puts the AP poll in the same category as the Harris poll, which replaced the AP poll in the BCS formula in 2005. Several Harris voters told Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports they never saw a single Utah game. You have to wonder if AP voters are any different.