Nine more days until round #1. Both sides are playing the "Romney's really good" card. Romney because he needs people to hang on to the hope that the debates will turn this around, Obama because he just needs to break even to maintain the status quo. The more awesome everyone expects Romney to be, the easier it is for Obama to hold his own against the expectations.
Obama is currently 3.7 points ahead of Romney according to the latest RCP average and has 48.6 percent of the vote -- right about where he was at his post-convention peak two weeks ago.