I will tell you why. I care about rankings because your average fan cares about final rankings. Nothing more. They don't follow it all year or even really care who their team gets, just where they finish in the rankings.
98% of people do not follow recruiting and only see things like #1 recruiting champion and go off of that. It means a lot to have the highest ranked class because of the prestige factor that goes with it.
We can argue until we are blue in the face but the fact of the matter is a Bama fan controls the best recruiting service on earth. We can argue that they won the last few championships so the rankings might be right but what about the one where they made it in on perception and nothing else? They did not win their conference or division for that matter but were given the benefit of the doubt. Recruiting rankings definitely played a part in that and again at that time the best recruiting service was headed by a known Bama fan.
I am not making conspiracy theories or anything of the sort. These are facts, deduce what want you from them. But to say they do not matter is just stupid and I really hope more people start seeing that.
This post was edited on 4/1 at 12:02 am