After mulling things over, including a lot of very good suggestions in the comments to my last post on the Mumme Poll, here’s what I’m leaning towards doing:
- There will be a final Mumme Poll for which the voting will take place after the BCS title game has been played.
- Just as the Coaches Poll does, we will recognize the BCS title game winner as the undisputed MNC.
- That means that the final ballot will be comprised of eleven, not twelve teams. We’ll vote for a top four and then the remaining seven top schools.
- Anyone that’s been counted as a voter in any Mumme Poll this season is eligible to vote in the postseason Mumme Poll.
My reasoning is pretty simple here. First, I think we’ve already shown with the regular season results that approval voting is something that should be seriously considered as a means of reducing at least the appearance of bias and conflicts of interest in the voting by the coaches. I don’t think the postseason ballot is going to make any difference on this.
So what I’m left with is one aesthetic issue and one issue related to the experiment. With regard to the former, I don’t like the idea of having a tie for the number one slot at season’s end and I suspect that would be likely to happen, given the probability that the winners of at least three of the BCS games will appear on everyone’s ballots.
Speaking of ties, that leads into the second issue. I’d like to see if expanding the voting pool lessens the number of ties in the balloting (also, though not as important, I’m curious to see if it has the effect of expanding the number of teams receiving votes), which is why I’d like to encourage those that missed a vote to jump back in again. (Although I suppose by that reasoning, you could make an argument that I should let anyone vote who wants to participate.)
Let me know what you think about this. Bowl season kicks off on Saturday, and there is one ranked team in the action (#16 BYU), so I’d like to say at this point that unless I receive some very strong feedback to the contrary before then, what you see above are the ground rules we’ll be going by to finish out this season.