TALLAHASSEE — "You can only control what you can control, which is to go win," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said last November. "But we're going down the wrong (road). I think it stinks. I think the BCS stinks. How we go with all these computers and stuff, I think we're ruining it."
It's funny what a year can change.
Last year, Florida State was hardly a favorite of the six computer polls used to compile the BCS rankings.
At one point the Seminoles found themselves in the top 10 of both the AP and coaches' polls but were ranked as low as 33rd by the computers.
This year? Florida State (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) is second in the BCS despite being third in the polls. And those computers? Three of the six have FSU ranked No. 1, and two others have them at No. 2.
"Oh, I love the computers now," Fisher joked on Monday.
"No, I mean there's a fine line. The only thing I ever asked with the computers last year, we were as high as six in one poll and we weren't in the Top 25 (with the computers). Whatever it is — that part of it — just give me some consistency. You hear me say it all the time, that's my word: consistency. You can't tell me one team can be fifth in one poll and not in the Top 25 in the other, you know, whatever that is."
So all kidding aside, Fisher still isn't crazy about the computers and prefers the human element or "the eye test," as he also calls it.
"It is what it is, and we can't change it," Fisher said. "And the other thing, again, I think the coaches poll and the human polls have to be a big part of how you pick this thing. Because of the eye test and people's (knowledge). The computer doesn't know what humans know.
"Whatever things you have in (the formula) just give me some consistency. I think that's what we all (want).
"It would be like you having a referee calling a block in the back on that block and the next official's saying, 'That's the best block I've ever seen.' How do you — that's all I'm asking — give me consistency."
TENUOUS TWO: FSU might hold the No. 2 spot in the BCS standings, but that position is tenuous, at best.
If the major contenders remain unbeaten, even an improved ACC might not be enough for Florida State to remain at No. 2 and the Seminoles could be on the outside looking in when the national title game is set.
BCS experts, including Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, agree that if Alabama, FSU and Oregon — the top three teams in the BCS standings — remain unbeaten, Oregon will pass FSU and play the Tide in the title game.
But Palm believes the handwringing has started prematurely, as it typically does, considering just once in the history of the BCS have three teams from major conferences finished the season undefeated.
"If you're Florida State and you win out, history says you are going to play for the title because it has a way of working itself out," Palm said. "By the time we get to November, we're talking about which one-loss team is playing for the title."
Information from the Palm Beach Post was used in this report.