Harris Interactive wasn't about to be Harris Hyperactive like those other polls that haphazardly published in August, before anyone knew who was who or what was Washington.
Harris would let the season marinate a few weeks, and then it came out Sunday with a top seven that was identical to polls submitted by voting coaches and the Associated Press.
See how much sense waiting made?
It's the start of silly season, when people like slick political maven James "It's the economy, stupid" Carville weigh in on "It's the BCS, stupid," a corrupt system that allowed his favorite school, Louisiana State, to snag only two national titles since 2003.
One of the years, LSU had two losses.
"This system is no good," Carville ranted this week to CBS College Sports Network. "I pull against it every time. I hope there are three undefeated teams in the country, and I hope it's just a big mess. That's the one thing I pull for more than anything in college football, that the BCS just turns into a big, rotten mess."
If only running college football was as clean, fair and aboveboard as running a political campaign.
Anyway, if polls are any indication, Carville is going to get his warped wish.
And so is the Bowl Championship Series, which has cashed controversy and imperfection into through-the-roof ratings and, thanks to networks like CBS and ESPN, a giant ATM machine.
Ready, set ... OK, they're not ready yet. The first of two BCS standings "practice runs" will be conducted this weekend in advance of the first BCS standings being released on Oct. 18.
There are obviously kinks to be worked out.
The encouraging news is the Associated Press this week produced a poll you would almost be proud to show to your kids, its voters actually looking at box scores before turning in their ballots.
Iowa's defeating Penn State required that Iowa be ranked ahead of Penn State, and Oregon's defeating Cal by 39 warranted Ducks being put in a row above the Bears.
The bad news: The AP pulled out of the BCS formula five years ago, claiming it was a conflict of interest even though it had actually been conflicted, with interest, since 1998.
So that leaves us, regrettably so far, with the two polls that will be used in the BCS.
After a review of this week's USA Today poll, we know why the coaches want their votes to be anonymous again, actually commissioning a consulting firm in the spring to deliver the news they all wanted to hear: that final ballots should be anonymous, starting in 2010. Except this isn't going to pass the stink test with anyone, including BCS commissioners, so expect a reversal of field.
Why wouldn't the coaches want to be exposed?
This week, after Oregon cleaned house on No. 6 Cal, the coaches warmly welcomed the Ducks back to the poll ... at No. 25.
Wait a minute. Oregon just beat No. 6, the Ducks' only loss was to No. 5 Boise State, and that makes Oregon the last team in?
Since losing to Boise, Oregon has defeated Purdue, snapped Utah's 16-game winning streak and held the team with Jahvid Best to a field goal.
But go ahead and pencil in Cal at No. 19.
The 114-member Harris panel, with all its due diligence and deliberation, did the same thing, putting Penn State at No. 12, three spots ahead of Iowa, and No. 21 California ahead of No. 23 Oregon.
Maybe Harris should have waited a little longer to debut. Say, the last weekend of February?
If Florida and Texas don't lose, none of this will matter.
But if one or the other or both go down, the BCS could get so messed up LSU might beat Boise State to win another national title.
And you thought James Carville was ticked off now. ...