Mumme Poll results, Week 7

Without any further ado, here’s the first MP of the season:

Rank Team Votes
1 Baylor 54
2 LSU 52
3 Alabama 51
4 Clemson 47
5 Ohio State 46
6 Utah 45
7 TCU 43
8 Michigan State 41
9 Stanford 24
10 Florida State 22
11 Iowa 14
12 Memphis 13
13 Notre Dame 10
14 Oklahoma State 6
14 Florida 6
16 Toledo 5
17 Temple 4
17 Houston 4
17 Oklahoma 4
17 Michigan 4
21 Texas A&M 2
22 California 1
22 Duke 1
22 Western Kentucky 1
22 Texas Tech 1
22 Mississippi 1
22 Navy 1

And a few initial observations:

  • Approval voting seems to work just fine. There are no ties until you get pretty far down the list and it’s hard to see any particular spot where the final results have gone off the rails.
  • It took me less than ten minutes to assemble my ballot.  I’d be curious to hear from you about your experience, especially if you’re a returning voter.
  • Interestingly, the top ten teams are neatly divided into two from each of the P5 conferences.
  • Overall, here’s the conference breakdown:  Big 12 – 5; SEC – 5; AAC – 4; Big Ten – 4; ACC – 3; Pac-12 – 3; CUSA – 1; Ind. – 1; MAC – 1.  If our voters tend to be from this neck of the woods, that doesn’t indicate there’s much regional bias at play in the ballots.
  • If the season ended today, how much grief do you think a semi-finals composed of Baylor, LSU, Alabama and Clemson would get?

All in all, a nice start.  It would be even nicer to see more participants, though.  Your thoughts?


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11 responses to “Mumme Poll results, Week 7

  1. To answer your question specifically, if two SEC teams made the four team playoff, leaving out two conference champions from other Power Five conferences, there would be a LOT of grief.


  2. Chuck

    Apocalyptic level grief, but totally worth it to see Herbstreit’s head explode.


  3. addr

    IMO, the top 7 could be shuffled around in any order, with one exception. I wouldn’t put Baylor in the top 4 if the season ended today. Their schedule is an absolute joke, and simply hanging 60+ on inferior competition isn’t enough to warrant a playoff spot. After that it’s a crap shoot.


    • Dawgoholic

      Technically you should have a tie at 4. For some reason because Ohio State was the last team I clicked on using my iPhone, it did not include them on my ballot.


  4. Macallanlover

    I spent about five minutes. It was much easier than before, and I expect it to get easier as some of the head-to-head match ups are played.

    If the SEC, or any conference, gets two entries into this already, too abbreviated version of a playoff there should be a huge outcry from all over the country. And this semi-playoff should be discontinued (same as with the 2011 BCS fiasco with Bama/LSU). But this 2015 season is one where very few loyalists are able to raise a strong cry for supremacy. No one team looks like “the best”, just a lot of contenders for the Final Four beauty pageant.


  5. AlphaDawg

    If the season ended today, that would be one hell of an 8 team playoff.


  6. Forget the level of grief. We would go straight to an 8 team play off next year. Luckily as we all know this stuff tends to sort itself out as the season goes along.


  7. Nashville West

    East Coast Bias.


    • Macallanlover

      From all the pre-season hype on PAC12 teams I was thinking they would be a close second to the SEC in depth of conference talent in 2015. That has pretty much gone by the wayside with the collapse of USC, UCLA, Oregon, and Az State, not to mention the egg Stanford laid at Northwesten. So the West Coast looked like it would get a fair shake but only Utah and Stanford, with that one game WTF, have measured up. When opportunity knocks, seize the brass ring Left Coasters.



    Is the drop-off between MSU and Stanford a reflection of the fact that most people submitted 8 team ballots, or just a quirk? (My ballot had 8; I glanced at a few others that had 8 also).


  9. Hobnail_Boot

    I found it to be easier than in past seasons because I didn’t have to split hairs at the end of my ballot.

    I ended up picking 12 teams and I expect it to get easier as the season unfolds.