O Mumme Poll, o Mumme Poll, wherefore art thou?

Chip Towers blogged about the coaches’ poll and posted something that doesn’t make much sense to me.  First, he wrote

… And it is a well documented fact that the coaches are much more diligent about making their selections since it became a legitimate part of the BCS formula for determining a champion. Coach Mark Richt himself has talked often about how he sits up late on college football Saturday nights watching ESPN’s SportsCenter so he can be sure to see all the highlights of all the teams and make an informed decision when he has to turn in his poll on Sundays in the fall.

That’s not the part that makes me scratch my head.  That came when Towers went on to write that

… Richt did NOT pick the Bulldogs No. 1 on his poll. At SEC Media Days last week he said he was going to choose according to the consensus of all the preseason polls to that point. According to a composite poll compiled by the SEC media relations office, Ohio State was the consensus No. 1, followed by Southern Cal and then a tie between Georgia and Oklahoma.

So all this “diligent selection” amounted to was looking at what everyone else had to say about how the top teams look over a month before the first game will be played, throwing it all in a blender and pouring out the mixed results.

That’s not said to knock Richt.  His methodology strikes me as being as good as anyone else’s at this point.  It’s just a reminder of how flawed the preseason vote is by its very nature.

Any word on who Hal Mumme voted #1?

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5 responses to “O Mumme Poll, o Mumme Poll, wherefore art thou?

  1. kckd

    I thought he meant once the season started. ESPN really doesn’t have any highlights of consequence until games are played.

  2. Tenn_Dawg

    Senator……I think Chip was referring to how CMR was going to pick just his own team for the preseason poll not how he was going to pick the other teams for the preseason poll.

  3. RedCrake

    Hal Mumme voted Hawaii #1.

    I don’t know if you know this or not, but they’re undefeated this season.

  4. kckd and TD – I think y’all may be missing my point here.

    First, Towers’ suggestion in the first line of his quote is almost laughable, considering what Barnhart exposed in his review of the last coaches’ vote of the 2007 regular season.

    Anyway, all I’m looking at is the preseason vote here. I’m sure MR does everything he can after the season gets underway to vote in a meaningful way, because that’s the kind of guy he is. It’s just that it’s impossible to do that kind of a job when even your own team hasn’t hit the practice field yet.