With the dry run out of the way, I’ve got a few housekeeping issues to share with everyone:
- We’ve got 727 registered voters, which is borderline crazy for me. Of those, 504 disclosed a loyalty to an SEC school. But we did get interest from voters affiliated with every D-1 conference (plus independents) except the Sun Belt.
- Because we’ve got such a huge cushion in the numbers over the 120 voters we were looking for, we’ve made an executive decision to relax one rule from last season that was enforced on a hard and fast basis. We’re implementing a “one strike” rule: you can miss one weekly ballot without having your voting privileges revoked. So if you didn’t vote in the dry run, or you still want to register, there’s still time to get in. And for those of you who did register and vote last week, you can miss one regular season vote without consequences.
- As those of you who voted may have noticed, there are two means of commenting – with your ballot and in the general comments section at the site. You can comment in both places, as they have different purposes. The ballot comments are meant to be read only by our blogger commenters and should be more in the nature of revealing something about your thought process in constructing your ballot. The comments section is for general give and take and is open to anyone at the site.
- I’ve seen a few comments questioning why we use a ballot of twelve teams with a top five. Remember that the goal of the Mumme Poll is to find a better way to conduct the Coaches Poll. The question is, with approval voting, how many schools do 120 head coaches need to cast ballots for in order to generate a top 25 list? I felt that number would be in the range of 10-15 schools. Twelve was the number I elected to use. I wouldn’t be surprised to find with the number of participants we have this year that we’ll have more than 25 schools with our results. As for the top five, it’s strictly utilized for tie breaking purposes. Last year, with a voting pool of 30-60, it came into play fairly often; this year, I expect that it won’t so much (and in fact we didn’t have a tie in the dry run results until #17).
- We’ve added one latecomer to our distinguished pool of blogger commenters – Dan Shanoff.
- And I’m posting this reminder to calm those of you who worried that some people didn’t take the dry run vote seriously. Nobody had to – it was, after all, just a test to make sure we were all on the same page, mechanically speaking. It’s week six now, and in the immortal words of Southside Johnny, this time it’s for real.
If you’ve got questions, feel free to let us know here or at the MP site.