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Posted on: December 6, 2010 2:43 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 2:54 pm
 

The Ballots Have Arrived!

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The last polls of the regular season were released on Sunday.  Of course, there is still one more regular season game to be played:  Army vs. Navy.  This year, the outcome should have no bearing on the polls, but it is possible that someday it will.  The BCS and AP should consider that in future seasons.

The last regular season polls means something big at Pollspeak:  the release of the Coaches’ and Harris Interactive ballots!  We get the AP ballots every week of the season, but this is the only week we get to see the other two.  They don’t even get released after the bowl games.  Check out all of the ballots here:

·         AP Poll Ballots

·         Coaches’ Poll Ballots

·         Harris Interactive College Football Poll Ballots

This year was relatively uncontroversial -- particularly at the top.  The two teams most people think should be in the BCS championship are the ones going:  Auburn and Oregon.  This will be a year that the BCS can point to and say that the system works.  Of course, there was still one undefeated team left out of the championship:  TCU.  While most people think the BCS got it right this year, just for the record, the following voters thought TCU should be in the title game instead:

AP Poll:  Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bill Cole of the Winston-Salem Journal, Bob Asmussen of the Champaign News-Gazette, and Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Coaches’ Poll:  Robb Akey, Head Coach of Idaho; Kyle Whittingham, Head Coach of Utah; and Mike Locksley, Head Coach of New Mexico.

Harris Interactive Poll:  Larry Keech, long-time journalist for the News-Record in North Carolina; Bob Wagner, ex-Head Coach of Hawaii; and Sammy Batten, journalist for the Fay Observer in North Carolina.  

 

The voters know that their ballots are public this week, so everybody should be on their best behavior.  We can only guess what kind of shenanigans go on the rest of the season.  With that in mind, here are the most extreme voters in each poll.  You can make your own judgments about how well they voted:

  

AP Poll:

 Voters 

 Extreme 

 Near Extreme 

 Total 

 Scott Wolf 

 6 

 7 

 13 

 Mark Anderson 

 6 

 2 

 8 

 Ray Fittipaldo 

 6 

 0 

 6 

 Kirk Herbstreit 

 5 

 1 

 6 

 

Coaches’ Poll:

 Voters 

 Extreme 

 Near Extreme 

 Total 

 Dan Mullen 

 8 

 3 

 11 

 Jim Harbaugh 

 8 

 3 

 11 

 Mike Locksley 

 6 

 4 

 10 

 Robb Akey 

 5 

 4 

 9 

 Ron Zook 

 5 

 2 

 7 

 

 

Harris Interactive Poll:

 

 Voters 

 Extreme 

 Near Extreme 

 Total 

 Larry Keech 

 5 

 7 

 12 

 Fran Curci 

 5 

 6 

 11 

 Bob Anderson 

 4 

 7 

 11 

 Bob Wagner 

 4 

 6 

 10 

 John Toner 

 4 

 3 

 7 

 

Posted on: November 14, 2010 9:55 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 3:42 pm
 

A W is a W

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Wisconsin earned some serious style points this week.  By “style points”, I mean stylishly destroying Indiana 83 to 20!  Getting that many points has to impress everyone.  It definitely impressed the voters since the Badgers remain the highest ranked one-loss team in the BCS human polls (No. 5).  However, it didn’t impress the computers one byte.  BCS computers are mandated to exclude margin of victory in their rankings.  In fact, the computers actually dropped Wisconsin an average of two places from last week (from 10 to 12).  BCS computers have no sense of style.

Outside the top four, there are two ranked, non-BCS teams:  Utah and Nevada.  This week’s polls, particularly the Coaches’ Poll, are a lesson in just how important record is to ranking.  If you remove, Utah and Nevada, every other team falls in line based on their record:  the first four teams have no losses, the next 7 have one loss, the next 5 have two losses, and the last seven have three losses.  The other polls aren’t quite as delineated as the Coaches’ Poll, but they’re close.

It’s safe to say that the number-one factor in determining a team’s ranking is its record.  That’s why Pollspeak always advocates using head-to-head results as a tie-breaker only when two teams have the same number of losses.  On that note…

Head to Head Lines:

The ACC is a bit tricky to figure out this season.  Especially when there are four teams with 7-3 records that have only one head-to-head result each:  NC State, Florida State, Maryland and Miami.   Maryland only received one vote this week in the AP, so let’s focus on the other three:


·         NC State beat Florida State

·         Florida State beat Miami

·         NC State and Miami don’t play

They all have the same record, so in the makeshift playoff we call the regular season, the teams should be ranked in this order:

·         NC State

·         Florida State

·         Miami

However, all three human polls have Miami on top, Harris Interactive has FSU at No. 25 and none of them have NC State in the top 25.  It’s exactly the opposite of the head-to-head order.  That means a bunch of people got it wrong; however, there are so many wrongdoers, I’m going to try something different.  I’m going to give kudos to all of those who got it right.  Here is their chance to stand out and shine in the bright spotlight:

Andy Staples, Chad Cripe, Chip Cosby, Chris Fowler, Desmond Connor, Doug Lesmerises, Jon Solomon, Kirk Herbstreit, Kyle Tucker, Mark Anderson, Randy Rosetta, Ray Ratto, Travis Haney, Wes Rucker

The following people MAY have gotten it right, but since they didn’t rank ANY of the three teams, it’s hard to give them full credit:

Bill Cole, Bob Asmussen, Bob Hammond, Brett McMurphy, Ferd Lewis, Jack Bogaczyk, Joe Giglio, John Shinn, Kyle Veazey, Mike DeArmond, Scott Wolf, Steve Conroy, Tom Murphy

That’s still only 14 out of 60 voters who got it right and 13 more who maybe got it right.  More than half of the voters got at least one pair wrong based on head-to-head results.  OK, I can’t go without at least one tiny, off-handed mention of one person who got it all wrong:

The Voter who has it most backwards is

TOM KEEGAN, OF THE LAWRENCE JOURNAL WORLD

who has Miami at No. 22, Florida State at No. 25 and NC State unranked. 

For some reason, people tend to focus on the negatives about voters, so I hope Pollspeak readers appreciate this attempt to highlight the positives.

Posted on: October 24, 2010 10:16 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 4:09 pm
 

One Is The Loneliest Number

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For the second week in a row, a team outside the top two in the human polls is the BCS No.1.  All three human polls have Oregon No. 1 and Boise State No. 2.  Yet, Auburn is the BCS No. 1 due to four of the six computers ranking them on top.  This is truly surprising considering that, historically, the voters have slighted the Broncos while the computers have usually regarded them higher.  Who would have thought that a well-respected and undefeated SEC team would need to rely on the computers to set the voters straight?  It looks like it is going to take a No. 1 ranking in the human polls, for Boise State to have any shot at the title.  Meanwhile, the computers are only going to make it harder for the Broncos as their strength of schedule gets worse with each WAC opponent.

Speaking of conference troubles, with the loss of West Virginia to Syracuse on Saturday, the Big East now has no representative in the AP, Coaches, or BCS top 25.  They are also the only Big East teams left with 2 losses, and they both have some of the best conference teams remaining.  One of them will have to step up in order to finish the season in the top 25.

Nevada is surprisingly back in the polls and in the BCS top 25 for the first time.  I say surprisingly only because it is after a bye week, and their last game was a loss to Hawaii.  In fact, Nevada was able to sneak in despite not appearing in the coaches’ top 25.  Instead, Michigan is the coaches’ No. 25.  However, the computers think better of the Wolf Pack than the Wolverines right now, so Nevada earned the BCS spot.  If Michigan can beat Penn State next week, they will likely jump over Nevada.

Meanwhile, Virginia Tech should be thanking the voters and the ballots they wrote in on.  The Hokies made the BCS at No. 23 only because the human polls ranked them No. 21.  The Billingsley Report ranked them No. 25 and the other five computers didn’t rank them in the top 25 at all.

In the AP, there is very little disagreement about who should be ranked in the top 25.  A solid 18 teams appear on all 60 ballots.  While 24 teams appear on at least 50 of the 60.  That left Baylor just enough room to sneak in at No. 25 with only 32 votes.  Congrats to the Bears on their first ranking since 1993.

Eight teams received a single vote in the AP, but probably the two loneliest votes are Mike Hlas with Northern Illinois at No. 25 and Jon Wilner with San Diego State at No. 19.  Both teams have two losses, and they have only beaten one BCS-conference team between them.  Northern Illinois beat Minnesota. (edited 10/26/10)

 

Head-to-Head lines:

 

Cole Harvey and Pete DiPrimio are the only two voters to rank Florida State over Oklahoma.  These two teams have the same number of losses (one), and for those that forgot, the Sooners beat down the Seminoles 47 to 17 in week two.  If Oklahoma loses again and FSU doesn’t, there would be reason to switch the teams, but as of right now, the Sooners have clearly proven themselves the better team.

Even with a better record and a direct win over Iowa, these three voters still rank Arizona lower.  Maybe it is a Big Ten thing because these four voters still rank Ohio State over Wisconsin even though the Badgers won the head-to-head and just had another solid win over Iowa.  Thankfully nobody ranks Iowa over Wisconsin, or it would be time cancel my subscription to the Big Ten Network and just stop watching them until they get a championship game.
Posted on: September 26, 2010 6:21 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2010 8:49 am
 

Running Out of Ballot Space

 

 


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:  Clicking a team link in this blog will show you how everyone voted for that team.  Clicking a voter name link will show you their ballot.

Let’s start out with hearty congratulations to
Nevada who earned their first AP Ranking (No. 25) since they climbed as high as No. 10 in 1948!  They also sit at No. 25 in the Coaches’ Poll.  Nevada deserves it for reaching 4-0 while beating teams like California and BYU.  Meanwhile, with its third loss, it looks like BYU picked the wrong week to go independent.

So much for the computer’s high expectations of Texas.  Last week two of them had Texas pegged as No.  1.  After their stunning home loss to UCLA, the Longhorns have dropped this week as low as No. 28 in the Colley Matrix.  That isn’t much worse than the AP, who dropped Texas all the way from No. 7 last week to No. 21.  Fourteen spots is an exceptionally large single-week drop.  Of course, it still doesn’t compare to Michigan’s infamous 2007 drop from No. 5 to unranked after the Appalachian State loss.

There are still lots of undefeated and once-beaten (or more) teams out there with top-25 potential.  There are 36 teams getting votes in the AP this week, but there’s only room for 25 on a single ballot.  Typically the teams that voters made room for this week were Nevada and North Carolina State.  Therefore, voters also needed to drop a team or two, and that lead to some tough choices.

For example, Desmond Conner of the Hartford Courant has undefeated Arizona unranked, but has a team they beat, Iowa, at No. 15.  In place of the Wildcats, Conner gives one-loss Houston their only vote.   Of course, that loss came from a now impressive looking UCLA team.

Ray Ratto is the only voter to leave either Iowa or Miami off his ballot, let alone leaving them both off.   Ratto not only made room for Nevada and N.C. State, he also added Kansas State to his ballot.

Rob Long was the only voter to drop Arkansas off his ballot after the Razorbacks nearly pulled the upset over No. 1, Alabama.  Bob Condotta and Mark Anderson dropped South Carolina after their loss to Auburn.

Scott Wolf and Jon Wilner left out both Michigan and Wisconsin.  Wilner was one of three to also drop USC, and in his case, replace the Trojans with Kansas State, Oregon State, Air Force,  Missouri or UCLA.  If you couldn’t tell already, Pollstalker tagged Wilner as the most-extreme voter of the week.  It is odd that the top-three most extreme voters are the three from California.  Does the Golden State have a Conventional Voting Tax to go along with their Junk Food Tax?

In the Coaches’ Poll, Big 12 members, Missouri and Oklahoma State take the place of USC and N.C. State in the top 25.

Head-to-Head lines:

There are still 8 people voting Iowa over Arizona.  That’s down from ten last week, even though the Wildcats had a very narrow escape against unranked Cal.  As long as Arizona can keep winning, that trend should continue it its favor.  However, even a one-loss Arizona team should be ranked over Iowa except under extenuating circumstances.  As mentioned previously, Desmond Conner has the biggest gap in favor of the Hawkeyes.

 

 

Two-loss UCLA didn’t receive many votes, even after their upset of Texas.  However, most everybody who did cast a vote for the Bruins, remembered that Kansas State beat them in week one.  The only exception is Jon Solomon of the Birmingham News, who ranked UCLA highest at No. 22, but didn’t rank undefeated Kansas State.

Solomon and Jon Wilner were also the only voters to rank UCLA over Texas.  It’s hard to argue with that considering the game was at Texas and the outcome was decisive.  Also, Texas hasn’t had a signature win yet (although Texas Tech may turn out to be a ranked team down the road).  However, Pollspeak is generally an advocate of using head-to-head results when the winning team has the same or better record than the losing team.  In this case, Texas has one loss and UCLA has two.  So we also don’t begrudge any voters who rank Texas higher.

Note:  When the ballots were released on Sunday, Greg Archuleta's ballot was exactly the same this week as last week.  The AP reported that this was a technical glitch, and have since corrected it.

Posted on: September 19, 2010 8:55 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2010 2:58 pm
 

Pollspeak Goes Head-To-Head With The Voters

 

 

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Texas is fast becoming a computer darling.  The Longhorns are No. 1 in both the Sagarin and Massey BCS ratings.  Meanwhile the AP has Texas lowest of all the rankings at No. 7.  It may be a coincidence, but the Computer Science Department at The University of Texas currently boasts a 5% enrollment increase.  We’ll be watching that UTCS isn’t promising the computers more technical support in return for higher rankings.  (The jokes may get better as the season goes on, but no promises, and frankly, it’s unlikely.)

The coaches have Arizona lowest (No. 16) of any BCS component or the AP.  If only we could see the coaches’ ballots and how many of them rank Iowa over Arizona still.  Otherwise, the USA Today Poll is pretty standard fare this week.

In the AP, Craig James is the most extreme voter this week, which is rare for a national voter.  However, I doubt the fans will tag him with Bad Voter of the Week since five of his seven extreme picks were for ranks that are highest in the nation.  Nebraska at No. 3, Michigan at No. 14, Oregon State at No. 15, Penn State at No. 17, and Texas A&M at No. 25.  On the negative side he was one of two voters to rank Boise State (No. 7) and LSU (unranked) lowest.

We’ve finally reached a point of the season where we can start talking about head-to-head issues.  As a refresher, the AP Voting Guidelines state: “Pay attention to head-to-head results.”  Now, they don’t say to slavishly adhere to head-to-head results, but voters should certainly show good reason to go against the outcome on the field.  So at Pollspeak, we regularly point out people who don’t seem to be paying attention. For example:

10 voters still have Iowa ranked higher than Arizona after yesterday’s late night upset.  The two most extreme cases are Desmond Conner and Lisa Byington who have the Hawkeyes nine places over the Wildcats.    Being from Connecticut and Michigan, maybe they didn’t stay up to see the end result. In fact, Byington still ranks Iowa highest at No. 10.

Rob long who works for Fox radio in Baltimore, has Notre Dame ranked but not Michigan State.   He gave the Irish their only vote in the nation even though they have two losses, one of which was to the Spartans on Saturday.

Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald was the only voter not to rank Auburn, but strangely, he did rank Clemson.  So he was also the only voter to rank the Tigers over the Tigers….that is, Clemson Tigers over the Auburn Tigers.

 

 

John Shinn of The Norman Transcript was the only voter to rank California even though they were just blasted by undefeated Nevada.  However, he also didn’t rank the Wolf Pack team that did the blasting.  That’s a shame because with just four more points, Nevada could have had its first ranking since they climbed as high as No. 10 in 1948!

 

Posted on: September 12, 2010 10:31 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2010 11:17 am
 

Pollspeak Remembers 2007 and Ranked ACC Teams

 

 

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Virginia Tech lost to James Madison last Saturday, and two of the California voters, Jon Wilner and Ray Ratto , actually have the “Dukes” ranked on their ballots this week. Wilner has them all the way up at No. 19.  The last time an FCS school received that many votes was when Appalachian State beat Michigan in 2007, which also happens to be the last time an FCS team beat a ranked FBS team.

Of course, Virginia Tech’s loss hurts themselves more than anyone ( they didn’t receive a single vote ), but it also hurts Boise State .  The Broncos victory over the Hokies was their signature win for the year.   Now there is a possibility that Virginia Tech will finish the year unranked and cost Boise State any chance they had at the BCS Championship.  As it is, the Broncos lost 7 first place votes this week just by sitting at home watching the games on TV. Their last remaining No. 1 vote comes from Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.

In terms of rankings, the ACC basically imploded last weekend.  All four ranked teams lost:  Miami , Georgia Tech , Florida State and Virginia Tech.  Miami and FSU lost to highly ranked teams, but Virginia Tech lost to an FCS school and Georgia Tech lost to an unranked Kansas team that lost to an FCS school the week before.  Miami is now the league’s only ranked team at No. 17 in the AP .  The few voters who still have hope for the ACC have thrown their support behind teams like NC State , Boston College and Maryland , who each received one vote this week.

Those upstarts are joined by Northwestern , Nevada and Baylor as the lone-vote-getters of the week.

At No. 13, South Carolina is the highest they’ve been since Oct. 2007 when they climbed as high as No. 6.  However, there are still a lot of differing opinions on the Gamecocks.  They are ranked everywhere from No. 7 to No. 24, which is this week’s second largest spread.   

The largest spread is Michigan’s , ranked everywhere from No. 8 to unranked.  When Rich Rodriguez said he was going to bring the spread to Michigan, I don’t think that’s what he meant.  The Wolverines check in at No. 20 overall in the AP, which is as high as they’ve been since the end of the 2007 season as well.

Florida is another team all over the AP ballots, voted from No. 3 to No. 19 for the third-largest spread.  The Gators keep winning, but the voters haven’t been impressed with what they’ve seen so far.  This is Florida’s second consecutive win and second consecutive drop in the polls.  They now sit at No. 10 overall in the AP and No. 7 in the Coaches’ Poll .

This week’s most extreme voter is once again Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News.  He’s going to make a lot of Buckeye fans unhappy since he ranked Ohio State lowest in the nation at No. 7.  This is after they beat Miami handily by 12 points.    You would think that means Wolf doesn’t think much of Miami; however, he ranks the Hurricanes No. 13, and only one voter ranked them better.  By his own rankings, no team has beaten a better opponent this season than Ohio State.  So I can’t figure out why he ranks the Buckeyes so low, and I can’t find anything related to the year 2007 to continue my trend.  Okay, wait, I’ve got it… in Week 12 of 2007, Scott Wolf voted Ohio State lowest in the AP at No. 11!  That may seem like worthless information, but I will still be proud of the six times I mentioned 2007 (now seven times) in this blog.  That’s something no other poll-oriented blogger on CBS can claim… this week.

A couple of housekeeping notes:

Randy Rosetta of the Baton Rouge Advocate’s ballot is missing for ‘week 3’.  The AP confirmed only 59 voters this week.

We’ve received confirmation that the BCS will not be ranking USC in any of its components this season… not just the Coaches’ Poll.  The computer rankings will still list USC when they deliver to the BCS, but the BCS will then manually remove the Trojans and move all other teams up one spot.  So we’ve now removed USC from our BCS Rankings to better reflect what the BCS will be using.  That means one extra team will sneak into the top 50 in all of the computer rankings going forward.  The Trojans will only appear in the AP Poll and ballots in Pollstalker this season. 




Posted on: August 20, 2010 9:06 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2010 9:29 pm
 

Inside The Preseason Coaches' Poll

The 2010 USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll was released on Friday, August 6th.  Here are some quick facts to mull over:

·         The Big East earned some more respect this year.  In 2009 they had a surprising ZERO teams ranked in the preseason poll.  This year Pittsburgh checks in at No. 15 and West Virginia is tied with Utah for No. 24/25.  2009’s Big East champion, Cincinnati, sits just outside at No. 26.

·         While many predicted Boise State might be ranked as high as No. 3, they debut at No. 5, which is still their highest-ever preseason ranking.  On that note, week one’s Labor Day game features an incredible matchup between the Broncos and No. 6, Virginia Tech.  This will be the best season opener since Baba Booey “threw” the first pitch.

·         Boise State, who will be joining the Mountain West Conference, also joins TCU in the top ten.  The Horned Frogs are ranked No. 7, which is their highest preseason ranking as well.  The coaches are giving an unprecedented amount of respect to these historical red-headed step children.

·         At No. 8, Oklahoma is the highest ranked team that was unranked to end the 2009 season.  The coaches are obviously confident in Bob Stoops’ ability to right the ship after a disappointing 8-5 season.  No doubt they feel numerous key injuries, particularly at QB, played a large part in the Sooner’s record.

·         Florida State is the only six-loss team to make the poll at a generous No. 20.  This likely says a lot about what other coaches think of the numerous coaching changes at FSU.

·         On the other end of the “respectrum”, Cincinnati (12-1), BYU (11-2), and Central Michigan (12-2) win this year’s Rodney Dangerfield award.  None cracked the top 25 after great 2009 records and top 25 finishes in both the Coaches’ and AP polls.  Particularly surprising are Cincinnati, who was ranked No. 8/9 and BYU, who was ranked No. 12 in the final 2009 polls.  You would think the coaches would be used to voting for these teams by now.  BYU has been ranked in every final poll since 2006 and Cincinnati since 2007.

Let’s take a look at the coaches themselves:

The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) has continued the trend of making large scale voter changes.  Of course, this might also have to do with a larger number of coaches leaving their schools.  From 2007 to 2008, there were only 14 voter changes made.  From 2008 to 2009, the number doubled to 28 (and two less voters).  2009 to 2010 has 27 changes.  Click the links to see the full lists of changes.

Here is the breakdown of how many voters each conference gets:

Number of Coaches with Votes:

  • ACC: 6
  • Big 12:  6
  • Big Ten:  6
  • C-USA:  6
  • SEC:  6
  • MAC:  5
  • M-West:  5
  • Pac-10:  5
  • Big East:  4
  • Sun Belt:  4
  • WAC:  4
  • Ind.:  2

The only change from 2009 is that the MAC lost one vote and the Mountain West gained a vote.  Even the independents stayed the same with Navy and Notre Dame.  Like 2009, the distribution is far more even than 2008 and 2007, where the Big Ten was given a marked advantage.  They still have a very small advantage since they are the only league with 11 teams, but still get the same number of votes as leagues with 12 teams.  Like 2009, this can be rationalized and simply a matter of rounding up.  However, removing a vote from the MAC, the largest conference with 13 teams, sounds as unbalanced as Mike Leach at a unicycle convention.

For fun, let’s take into account the conference changes that have been officially announced.  Teams that are switching conferences as early as 2011 might have a new-found allegiance to their new conference.  If so, this is how the numbers shake out in this transition year:

Number of Coaches with Votes Considering Conference Realignment:

  • Big Ten:  7
  • ACC:  6
  • C-USA:  6
  • Pac-10:  6
  • SEC:  6
  • Big 12:  5
  • MAC:  5
  • M-West:  5
  • Big East:  4
  • Sun Belt:  4
  • WAC:  3
  • Ind.:  2

The losers in this scenario are the Big 12 and the WAC.  Boise State will be moving to the Mountain West, which is a loss of a vote for the WAC and a gain for the Mountain West.  However, Utah will be taking its vote to the Pac-10, so it is a wash for the Mountain West.

One winner is the Pac-10 who picks up a vote with Utah, which rightfully puts them on par with other 12-team leagues.  (Colorado’s Dan Hawkins doesn’t get a vote this year.)  The other winner is the Big Ten.  With Nebraska bolting the Big 12 for the Big 10 (and with no love lost for its former conference), it is certainly possible that Bo Pelini might side with the Big 10 when push comes to shove.  So the biggest winner is the Big Ten who once again has a potential advantage over every other league.  A soon-to-be 12 team league potentially gets seven coaches voting in its favor.

That leaves the Big 12 as the biggest theoretical loser as the only current 12 team league with potentially only five coaches voting. 

This is one aspect of conference realignment that most people haven’t thought about.  Realignment also affects votes in the Coaches’ Poll, which is a major part of the BCS formula.  I’m sure the AFCA will do its best to balance out the numbers once the realignment dust settles.  However, if the Big 12 manages to carry on with only 10 teams, it will not only suffer potential losses in total revenue and TV market share, they will also be relegated to only 5 votes in the Coaches’ Poll, just like the other leagues with 10 teams (i.e. the current Pac-10.)

Finally, for all you conference loyalists out there, here is the breakdown of how each conference (in its current incarnation) fared in the voting:

Number of Teams in the Preseason Top 25:

  • SEC:  6
  • ACC:  5
  • Big Ten:  4
  • Big 12:  3
  • Big East:  2
  • M-West:  2
  • Pac-10:  2
  • WAC:  1
  • C-USA:  0
  • MAC:  0
  • Sun Belt:  0
  • Ind.:  0

There is so much more we could discuss if only we had access to the coaches’ ballots every week like the AP Poll.  Unfortunately, the AFCA hasn’t changed that policy.  If you want to see public ballots every week, be sure to sign the Free the Ballots Petition.  In the meantime, we’ll have to wait until August 21st for the AP Ballots to see what goes on in the minds of professional voters.

Posted on: August 20, 2010 8:47 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2010 9:04 pm
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