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

Yep.

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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My final 2013-4 Mumme Poll ballot

Another season in the books… and one last look at my top ten. (* indicates tiebreaker)

  • Alabama
  • Auburn
  • Clemson
  • FSU*
  • Michigan State
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Stanford

Also considered:  Baylor, Central Florida, Oklahoma State, UCLA

The site is open to cast ballots until 11PM tomorrow night, so get over there.

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Mumme Poll, Week 14

Pretty definitive number one team this week.

Rank Team Votes (Top pick)
1 Florida State 28 (25)
2 Alabama 28 (0)
3 Auburn 27
4 Oklahoma State 27
4 Ohio State 27
4 Missouri 27
7 Michigan State 25
8 South Carolina 21
9 Stanford 20
10 Baylor 19
11 Arizona State 13
12 Oregon 7
13 Northern Illinois 5
14 UCF 3
15 LSU 1
15 Wisconsin 1
15 Clemson 1

COMMENTS

  • Noticeable thinning out this week with Fresno State taking the hit, among others.
  • I’m a little surprised there was no outlier vote for Duke.  You know Spurdog would have been tempted.
  • Conference breakdown:  SEC – 5; Pac-12 – 3; Big Ten – 3; Big 12 – 2; ACC – 2; AAC – 1; MAC – 1

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My Mumme Poll ballot, Week 14

Rivalry Week was crazy, but it didn’t have a huge effect on my ballot this week. Clemson be gone, though. Here’s my current top ten list (*tiebreaker):

  • Alabama
  • Arizona State
  • Auburn
  • Baylor
  • FSU*
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma State
  • Ohio State
  • Oregon
  • Stanford

Also considered:  Michigan State, South Carolina

I’m still not sold on the Spartans, but they’ve got an excellent opportunity to change my mind this week.  The Gamecocks, alas, do not.

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Mumme Poll, Week 13

New team at the top this week.

Rank Team Votes (Top pick)
1 Florida State 25 (14)
2 Alabama 25 (11)
3 Ohio State 25 (0)
4 Oklahoma State 24
4 Missouri 24
6 Clemson 22
7 Auburn 21
8 Michigan State 20
9 Stanford 18
10 Baylor 16
11 South Carolina 11
12 Arizona State 7
12 Wisconsin 7
14 LSU 5
15 Northern Illinois 4
16 Oregon 3
16 Fresno State 3

COMMENTS

  • It’s interesting how the number of voters has steadily dwindled this season, yet the ballot distribution remains credible.
  • Conference breakdown:  SEC – 5; Pac-12 – 3; Big Ten – 3; Big 12 – 2; ACC – 2; MAC – 1; MWC – 1.

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My Mumme Poll ballot, Week 13

Man, the Pac-12 isn’t making it easy, is it.  Here’s my top ten for this week (*tiebreaker):

  • Alabama
  • Arizona State
  • Auburn
  • Baylor
  • Clemson
  • FSU*
  • Missouri
  • Ohio State
  • Oklahoma State
  • Stanford

Also considered:  Oregon, Wisconsin

Back to struggling.  With that road win over UCLA, I couldn’t leave Arizona State out of my top ten anymore.  And I couldn’t quite bring myself to vote Baylor out of the top ten for losing to a Oklahoma State team that lost to a West Virginia team that got waxed by the Bears.  That left me knocking Oregon and Wisconsin out, just barely.

If there’s any consolation, there are a bunch of huge games this week that should sort things out to some extent.  Of course, that’ll probably mean I’ll spend thirty minutes again putting a ballot together.

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