Fun while it lasted, right?
A full quarter of you didn’t make it to the final vote. Given the ignominious end to Georgia’s regular season, I can’t say I’m surprised. But I ain’t mad — the reason I killed the MP the first time around is because we limped into the final ballot of the season with less than two dozen voters standing.
We had a total of 188 who did show up for this and, on average, they had five teams on their ballot.
Here’s the breakdown by conference:
How we spent our time on this:
No surprise there. No surprise, either, that the participation rate from Georgia residents was the lowest of the season, at 59%.
And here’s our prediction on the national champs:
For comparison’s sake, the final selection committee rankings:
Random bits of wisdom:
- We’re consistent, anyway. This week, again, had no unanimous selections, which means LSU was the only team to appear at any time during the balloting this season on 100% of ballots cast — and that was only once.
- Three teams in Tier One (appearing on 90+% of all ballots cast), as has been the case for the past few weeks, with a much larger drop to fourth than before. Still, only four teams — the ones in the CFP — appeared on at least half the ballots cast.
- Alabama gets a lot more love from us than the selection committee. (For the record, I think we’re more accurate than they are about it.)
- We match the selection committee’s top six, again, without the expense or the hat wearing concern. And I doubt the committee members reached their decisions in ten minutes or less.
A couple of final points worth mentioning:
Here’s the complete list of all 65 ballots for the final Coaches Poll. It doesn’t take a genius to see numerous examples of bias and conflicts of interest throughout. And I’ll bet any amount of money you want that it took them (more accurately, their SIDs and them) a lot more time than 10 minutes to fill out. The Coaches Poll isn’t credible and hasn’t been for a while, which is why I started the Mumme Poll in the first place. At this point, it’s an anachronism, but if they want to keep playing at it, they really ought to take a hard look at approval voting.
Finally, I want to give a big shout out to Peyton, my partner in crime in running the poll this season. He’s the wonk and there’s no way I could have done this as well as it played out without his kind assistance. Gracias, man.
The MP will be back for Week Six, 2020.