Not to lecture, but there are cures. For one thing, the AP poll could reduce its bank of 62 voters to 10 or 15 knowledgeable writers and broadcasters who know the difference between Georgia and George Mason. Second (stop us if you've heard this one), a playoff system could be installed. You can keep the bowls. Have the winners of the four best bowl games (as selected by the AP) play on the two Saturdays following the bowls. It's not too painful. Promise. This season, for instance, we would have played it all off, picked a true national champion and gotten everybody back to school by Jan. 19.
Most important, Fred Fan should use his Saturdays to regrout the bathtub. Anything to stay away from the stadium. As long as he's willing to plunk down $14 to watch Arkansas turn Drillbit Tech into Cream of Wheat, Drillbit will keep getting scheduled and nothing will change.
Changes need to be made for the game's sake. And if not for the game's sake, at least for East Carolina's.