The Mumme Poll, that is. There was enough interest expressed by you guys to move this puppy along. Thanks very much to all who answered the bell yesterday – and to those that haven’t yet, Lord knows there’s still plenty of time to jump in.
I’ll do a little housekeeping with this post, laying out the basic ground rules and mechanics of the Poll. As we get closer to Week 6, I’ll do some more posting with additional specifics and reminders.
- Voting. I’ve set up an e-mail account to receive your ballots. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org. Every week (beginning after the games of Week 6 have been played), send me your lists there and I’ll pull them down and compile the results. Ballots should be submitted between 9:00 AM Sunday and 9:00 PM Monday. (I won’t use the account for anything else, so don’t e-mail me there with general messages, please.)
- Format. I’m pretty flexible on this front. I simply need to see twelve schools listed and five of those notated in some form or fashion as your top five. You don’t need to rank the schools in any particular order. Just to give you an example, here’s what my ballot would have looked like after the bowl games were played last season: LSU*; Georgia*; Southern Cal*; Ohio State*; West Virginia*; Missouri; Kansas; Oklahoma; Virginia Tech; Texas; Florida; Boston College (* indicates top 5). See? Nothing fancy – just make sure I can tell which schools are in your top 5.
- Tabulation. I’ll post the results here every Tuesday after the games have been played.
- ‘Da Rules. They’re pretty simple, really. Any ballot that doesn’t contain twelve votes and five top five designations will be disqualified. And those twelve votes must be for twelve different schools. You can’t vote for any school more than once on a given ballot. If you do, the ballot won’t be counted.
- The One Commandment. Don’t try to game the system. Please don’t submit a ballot to me that subverts the voting. Examples? I don’t want to see a ballot that lists the membership of the SEC as your twelve best teams in D-1. Or a ballot with Georgia and the eleven lowest ranked teams in Sagarin’s power rankings. Or a ballot listing any 1-AA teams, no matter how shocking the upset. Or Duke. Deliberate stuff like that will get you tossed from voting.
One other thing. This is an experiment. I have no idea where this will go, so the process is of as much interest to me as the voting is. You don’t have to provide it, but I’d be very interested in feedback when you submit your ballots. Let me know why you voted as you did, and why you may have left a particular team off your ballot. And I’d like to know how long it took you to compose your votes. I’ll post the most interesting of your comments and the average time it took to construct your ballots on Wednesdays following the vote.
I’m looking forward to this. I hope you are, too.