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Mumme Poll, Week 8

Another exciting week of football is reflected in a few changes in the Mumme Poll rankings.

Rank Team Votes
1 Mississippi 81
1 Mississippi State 81
2 Florida State 79
2 Alabama 79
4 Auburn 72
5 Oregon 66
5 Georgia 66
7 Michigan State 35
8 TCU 33
9 Notre Dame 22
10 Kansas State 21
11 Ohio State 4
12 Baylor 3
13 Arizona 2
13 Marshall 2
15 ECU 1
15 Clemson 1

Really, not much to question there. I don’t know about you, but it took me less than ten minutes to put my ballot together this week. Even Archie Manning could handle that, I think.

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My Mumme Poll ballot, Week 8

Nothing like a few blowouts to clarify a ballot.

Here’s mine this week:

  • Alabama
  • Auburn
  • Florida State
  • Georgia
  • Mississippi
  • Mississippi State
  • Oregon
  • TCU

Also considered:  Baylor, Kansas State, Michigan State


  • Yeah, I know it looks like a SEC love fest.  Can’t help it.
  • The only other conference I could even think about voting for two schools was the Big Twelve.


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Mumme Poll, Week 7

Here ’tis:

Rank Team Votes
1 Mississippi 81
1 Mississippi State 81
2 Florida State 79
3 Baylor 77
4 Auburn 67
5 Oregon 52
6 Georgia 48
7 Notre Dame 45
8 Alabama 34
9 Michigan State 30
10 Oklahoma 29
11 TCU 26
12 Oklahoma State 2
13 Kentucky 1
13 Missouri 1
13 ECU 1
13 Clemson 1
13 Marshall 1

I”m going to be kind and assume the Mizzou vote was a mistake.

Other than that, not too many surprises.  We’re a little more down on Michigan State than the pollsters, and little bit higher on Georgia (surprise!).

What do y’all think?


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My Mumme Poll ballot, Week 7

I am trying very hard to avoid the appearance of being a homer this week. But consider what’s on Georgia’s resume at this point:

Were this any other team’s in the country, I wouldn’t be fighting that.  Which means…

  • Auburn
  • Baylor
  • FSU
  • Georgia
  • Mississippi
  • Mississippi State
  • Oklahoma
  • TCU

Also considered:  Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon

Fire away.


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Your friendly Mumme Poll reminder

Poll gets real this week.  There’s still plenty of time to sign up so you can cast a ballot.  So why don’t you?  Head over to the site and register.


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The Mumme Poll sheds a few pounds and reports for duty.


We’re back.  Tidefan and I have a new Mumme Poll for you.  We’ve outlasted the relevancy of the Coaches Poll.  Now we’re going toe-to-toe with the playoff selection committee.  We’re taking your votes to compile a four-team playoff pool.

The new ballot process is even simpler than the old one.  All you have to do is pick the eight best college football teams in America.  No rankings.  No tiebreakers.  That’s it.

Besides that, there are only the three same old rules to live by:

  1. Registration. To cast a ballot, you’ll need to register at the Mumme Poll site.  Registration for the 2014 season will be open until midnight, October 10th.
  2. Voting period. In most weeks, balloting takes place at any time between 9:00 A.M. on the Sunday after the games and 9:00 P.M. on the following Monday.  On those rare weeks when a Sunday game is played, the voting will be pushed back 24 hours.
  3. The one commandment. Don’t try to game the system. Don’t subvert the vote by submitting a ballot with your favorite school and the seven worst teams in D-1, for example.  The ballots are monitored and if something questionable comes up, a voter will be given a chance to explain.  If we’re convinced there’s a deliberate effort to muck things up, we’ll toss the ballot and the voter.

To make life even easier, Tidefan preserved all previous users, so if a voter had an account before, he/she can use it again. There is a “Forgot my Password” function if anyone needs to re-up.

We’re mid-week, so we’ll use Week Six voting as a test run, to make sure there aren’t any kinks on our end or yours.  Please sign up and take part.  Tell your college football fan friends about it.  The more, the merrier.

If you have any questions, let us know in the comments.



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Whither the Mumme Poll?

With the Coaches Poll being reduced to a sideshow irrelevancy (easily the greatest by-product of the new postseason format), Tidefan and I thought we’d take stock of where things stand with the Mumme Poll.  There is a temptation to declare victory and call it a day – I think we’ve proven that approval voting is a credible way to assemble a top twenty ballot while reducing the appearance of bias and conflicts of interest as well as making the ballot process much less time-consuming – but I’d like to believe there’s a way to keep the MP relevant in the new playoff era.

Specifically, what I’ve been contemplating is using approval voting not to put together a rankings list, but instead to create a semi-final pool.  Could a random group of college football fans put together a four-team group that would be as worthy of respect as what’s going to come out of the sausage factory selection committee process?  I don’t know, but I thought it might be fun to try.

So here’s what I’ve come up with:  cut the ballot size from ten to eight, drop the tiebreaker and let approval voting determine the top four schools.  It’s even more streamlined than what we’ve done over the past few years.

Anyway, I’d like your feedback on this.  We’re a little disappointed in the drop off we saw in participation this past season, so among other things, I’m looking for ways to generate a higher level of interest.  Give me your thoughts in the comments.


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