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.