Dare to be different.

With your assistance, I’m interested in attempting a modest experiment this college football season at Get The Picture.

Like many, I’ve bitched about certain flaws I see in the polling process which I feel adversely affect the polls’ credibility and accuracy. In particular, I think that preseason polls distort the merits of the teams’ rankings and that there is a clear element of bias in the coaches’ poll that undermines its authority.

So I thought I’d take a shot at seeing if there’s a better way to skin the cat by running a poll here that varies from the norm in two pertinent ways:

  1. This poll won’t start in the preseason.
  2. The results will be tabulated on the basis of approval voting.

The goal is to see if there’s a way to produce a less biased and more accurate measure of evaluating the best teams in D-1 football than what we’ve currently got.  (Besides that, accounting for voters’ bias looks like hard work, and I’m basically a lazy sod.)

Anyway, to find out if this has any traction, I’m inviting you readers and other denizens of the college football blogosphere to participate.

Generally speaking, here’s how it would go: every Sunday and Monday, starting after the games of Week 6 of the season have been played, poll voters would turn in their ballots listing – but not ranking – the twelve best teams in D-1. On that same list, voters will also designate their top five teams out of those twelve. The weekly poll results will be determined by approval voting. (The top five votes will only be used in the event there’s a tie between any of the teams that are in the top five after the initial voting is tallied.)

The voting will run through the regular season and there will be a final poll after the bowl games are concluded.

For this to work, I think I’ll need at least a couple dozen participants. So I’m asking for volunteers. Keep in mind that if you decide you want to be in, that’s a commitment I’m asking you to make for the rest of the season. Don’t do this if your interest will lag as the year wears on, although remember that you’re not being asked to rank twenty five teams in order week after week.  The votes you’ll be casting should be generated with considerably less effort.  After all, if you’re enamored enough with college football to be a regular reader of a blog like this, you should be able to rattle off the twelve best teams in the country in your sleep, right?

If you want to give this a shot, just say so in the comments section to this post.  If the numbers are there, we’ll give it a try.  And don’t be afraid to toss out any suggestions for this that you think might be useful, either.

For what it’s worth, if this actually gets off the ground, I’ve got a name in mind for the poll.  It’ll be a tribute to the coach who cast the single most biased vote in the final regular season coaches’ poll of 2007.

In honor of his first place vote for Hawai’i, here’s to you, Hal Mumme.


Filed under Mumme Poll

42 responses to “Dare to be different.

  1. xdog

    Hey, I’ll play. Top 12, top 5, starting 6 games into the season. I can do that.

  2. Ladydawg

    Okay – it should be fun.

  3. chefboyardee

    Sure, I’ll do it.

  4. Sam

    Mumme-fy me Senator.

  5. I’ll do it…and…
    “you can keep your lousy five bucks.” ;>)

  6. Kit

    The Good Senator, I’m so damn in you have no idea.

    If you need to e-mail me, my e-mail addy is KitZeus99 [at] gmail (dot) com

  7. I read the blog everyday (and watch college FB all day on Saturdays). Shouldn’t be hard.

    Count me in!

  8. Ally

    I’m in. Great idea – and thanks!

  9. I read this blog constantly and only get cable TV during football season. If that isn’t being a college football fan I don’t know what is.

    Count me in.

  10. Munson's_call

    Count me in. Love the idea. The current polls are terrible and I would love to be a part of your experiment for a better poll system.

  11. I’m in – and committed for the year. Thx senator.

  12. Chuck

    Totally in.

  13. Marshal Duncan

    Great idea. I’d love to participate and see how the results vary from the other polls.

  14. RC

    Count me in…

  15. bucky

    I’m in. Just let me know what you need.

  16. Mycr0ft

    I’m in.

  17. Justin

    Let me know if you need one more. Regular reader and see a lot of football.

  18. dean

    I like it. I’m in. Contrary to some of my posts I can be impartial when necessary.

  19. Mhoram

    I read your blog daily and I am definitely in on this experiment. Sounds like a good plan.

  20. Count me in, Senator.

    3rdsaturday (at) gmail.com

  21. hoodawg

    I’m in. I take from this website on a daily basis – glad to give back.

  22. I’m in. Give me the ground rules, baby.

  23. Hassan

    let’s do it

  24. SoCalDawg

    Great idea! I will do it. I also live on the west coast, so I will be able to see all the late games in prime time.


  25. NM

    Sure, why not?

  26. Diamond

    I concur with Hoodawg. Love your work, glad to participate.

  27. RedCrake

    It would be an honor to participate. There is nary a college football game broadcast which I don’t view.

    In honor of Steve Spurrier, I will be casting a vote the first week of the poll for my undergraduate alma mater, Berry College (regardless of the fact that we don’t have a football team…then again, Duke doesn’t really either).

  28. a redcoat

    i would gladly participate. can represent the redcoats in something. i’ll have no issues getting on in on time since i read this blog like… daily.

  29. Unbiased?

    You’re going to have a lot of counting to do Senator…

    Sign me up.

  30. DrDawg76

    I’m a daily reader. This has become one of my favorite sites. I’m in if needed.

  31. thinkingbulldog

    I’d consider it a privilege to be a part of this project.

  32. Hobnail_Boot

    I’m in.

  33. Scrubble

    Sounds fun! I am in.

  34. Scott

    I’m in.

  35. Rain Dawg

    I read GTP every day and would love to participate.

  36. Matt R

    Will you allow us to start by giving week one polls too?? I know you won’t tabulate them, but you could be doing a system check.

    Anyways, I’m in.

  37. I’ve thought about doing a practice run, Matt, but I’ll probably wait until the fourth or fifth week of the season to try it.

  38. gphoss

    I’m in.

  39. Carruthers

    I still don’t understand what happens when there are clearly three or four teams that are better than the rest of the nation. This sounds like a cool idea, and I’d love to be in on it, but when USC, Georgia, and Oklahoma are undefeated at the end of the year, who should we allow into our own National Championship? I love reading your blog.

  40. Coastal Dawg

    Count me in Senator.

  41. NYC Dawg

    I’m in.