My Week 12 Mumme Poll ballot

Screenshot_2019-09-30 (1) Senator Blutarsky ( MummePoll) Twitter Last week, I pondered Alabama’s place in the college football world.  This week, my navel gazing centered on Georgia.  Again, I couldn’t quite pull the trigger.  Yes, the Dawgs’ defense is elite, but so are Clemson’s and Ohio State’s, and they’ve both got offenses more productive than Georgia’s.

End result is the same ballot I posted the prior two weeks.  All in all, it took about ten minutes to get there.

  • Clemson
  • LSU
  • Ohio State

Maybe next week.  How ’bout y’all?

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21 responses to “My Week 12 Mumme Poll ballot

  1. kdawg

    LSU
    UGA
    ALABAMA
    OSU
    PENN ST
    OREGON
    UTAH
    CLEMSON

    I used my same formula as I have all season. Took leas than 5 minutes. On the fence about Oklahoma but couldn’t put them in.

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  2. Rocketdawg

    I saw a tweet the other day (maybe Carl Dukes from 92.9 or someone he retweeted) that made a great point about UGA. LSU, Alabama, and Oklahoma have outstanding offenses and defenses that do just enough to win and are lauded as “championship quality” while UGA is the opposite (championship quality defense/offense that does just enough to win) and is considered a notch below the top teams. LSU might drop 50 and give up 47, while we may hold a team to 17 and only score 21. What’s the difference? To me defense travels and plays in poor weather while the opposite is often true for offense.

    My ballot was 6 teams:
    1-LSU
    2-Ohio St
    3-Clemson
    4-Dawgs
    5-Oregon
    6-Oklahoma

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Agree wholeheartedly with the point about defensive results being undervalued in the sportswriter/thanking head universe.
      I put UGA number 3 because of defense. LSU and OSU unquestionably in my mind deserve 1 and 2 for being unbeaten in tough conferences.

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    • rugbydawg79

      I had the same.

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      • Reipar

        This has been really simple for me this year. Ballot start bama, Clemson, Ohio state, Oklahoma and morphed after LSU win to them in and bama out.

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  3. Gaskilldawg

    Mine:

    LSU
    Ohio State
    Georgia
    Oregon
    Oklahoma

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  4. My ballot:
    Bammers
    Clempson
    UGA
    Corn Dogs
    anOSU
    Nike U
    Utes

    I think we can safely say now the Big 12-2 is out of the playoff picture unless total chaos happens. Oregon and Utah stay in until the next upset. Bama stays in until they lose to Auburn or the P12CG has 2 1-loss teams.

    My playoff predictor is:
    SECCG winner – I don’t think the loser (either team) gets out of MBS alive
    Clempson – excellent team, horrible resume
    Ohio State – excellent team with a couple of excellent wins on the resume
    Pac 12 winner (assuming 1 loss)

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    • Macallanlover

      Feel exactly the same way for what will be in the final poll. I don’t do a numerical list but put LSU in because they are unbeaten, and just have a better eye test than UGA. Winner will be in. In the PAC12, I think Utah will win but feel they are too close to separate at this point. Winner should get the 4th spot for certain (if they both reach the title game with one loss, as you noted.)

      Curious what the Committee will do with Bama this week. Lot of discussion nationally before the Bama/LSU game that Committee would be influenced by Tua’s not playing (he did) should Bama lose. And I understand that being included in the discussion. So now, why wouldn’t the Committee downgrade a Bama team without Tua if it comes down to a close call in the final vote? I don’t think you can have it both ways, and it wasn’t just Bama fans singing this song. Haven’t heard a word about this after the injury. Crickets.

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  5. Russ

    I guess I’m still in the mode of picking teams that COULD win the MNC, so if I see a reasonable path, I’ll list that team.

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    • Reverend Whitewall

      Me too. I’m still at 11 (all the undefeated/one loss teams). My rationale is if you’ve played well enough that you still have a path to the playoffs (even if it’s not a super likely path), you’ve earned my vote. Tho I wouldn’t argue against what a lot of other people have listed because I almost narrowed mine to 7 this week before deciding to wait and see how the next couple of weeks play out.

      One wrench in the equation nobody seems to be talking about……all of a sudden Michigan has come alive these last few weeks. Everyone seems to assume Ohio State is gonna go undefeated but they’ve got 3 really tough games left (including the conference championship) and haven’t been tested yet. Will be interesting to see how they handle it when at least one of those 3 teams gives them a 4 quarter game.

      There’s usually that one weekend every year with upsets galore that throws the rankings for a loop. We haven’t had that yet this year. It could very well still be coming. So I’m not eliminating any of the undefeated/1 loss teams yet.

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      • Reverend Whitewall

        Just to clarify my comment about Ohio State not being tested – I don’t mean that as a knock against them. They haven’t been tested in a 4 quarter game because of how well they have played. Not trying to take that away from them. Just saying that inevitably at least one of these next 3 games is gonna come down to the wire, and it will be interesting to see how they handle it after not having been in that situation all year.

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  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    I went for 8. Rationale: That’s the group that can possibly earn/win their way in depending who loses ahead of them. I don’t think about resume, schedule, quality wins or losses because (i) my mind is too old and feeble to remember all that data, and (ii) I think the committee uses any rationale it can grasp at a given moment for its decisions.

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  7. Mark

    LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia.

    I picked the first three for obvious reasons. Since my ballot will not be less than four teams, I then had to decide which one-loss team has the best resume. So I spent between five and ten minutes looking at the season records of the likely candidates and decided that it was UGA. It was not a hard choice for me to make.

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  8. Still only six for me (in no particular order of course):

    Alabama
    Clemson
    Ohio State
    LSU
    Georgia
    Oklahoma

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    • Dawgoholic

      I had this exact six. If my basis for including teams is who has had a season deserving consideration to be number 1 at this time, it would have been LSU, OSU, Clemson. My basis though was who deserves to be considered for the top 4, so I included UGA, OU, and Bama. Oregon and Utah don’t cut it right now in my eyes.

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  9. PTC DAWG

    Absolutely, UGA #4

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  10. chopdawg

    Great minds, Senator!

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  11. Ugldawg

    Didn’t get mine in this week..but yeah..LSU, anOSU and Clemson.

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  12. Bourbon&HotSauce

    I’ve participated each week, and it’s a 2-step process each time.

    How many P5 unbeaten and 1-loss teams are left? (Objective, factual, clean — there are currently 11)
    How many of these teams do I “buy” running the table to earn at least a shot at playoff consideration? (Subjective, messy, often contradictory week to week)

    A week ago, I put all 11 teams on my ballot. This week, I could only justify squeezing 8 through that second funnel, since I’m more convinced than ever that Penn State and Minnesota can’t hang with the Buckeyes, and Oklahoma might have broken Baylor in that comeback.

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