Yes, college football's championship process is asymmetrically crooked in every direction, like a broken fractal, and this New York Times piece does a fine job illuminating the effects big-name school branding can have on top 25 polls. Teams like Ohio State and Notre Dame get the benefit of the doubt over your Mississippi States and your Big East schools.â†µ
(Referring to everything in the second person plural: solid sportswriter tactic.)
The 2009 title game might not be the best example, though. The polls did the world's tender stomachs a favor by keeping upstart Cincinnati away from that Alabama monster.