IU quarterback Micheal Penix Jr. (9) sneaks into the end zone for a touchdown during a 2019 college football game against Ball State at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers, currently ranked No. 9 in the polls, can climb a bit if they defeat No. 3 Ohio State in Columbus today.

Polls are interesting, but they are constructed through matters of opinion and, frankly, aren’t worth much more than the pieces of paper they are printed on.

I’m not downgrading those ranked teams (or individuals or whatever the poll is about), but the proof of how good a team (or whatever else) is is proven in reality, i.e. on the court or field of play.