Getting the Mumme Poll band back together

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After a one-year hiatus (with all the COVID-related, delayed starts last year, I made an executive decision not to host the poll in 2020), the Mumme Poll has returned, ladies and gentlemen.  As we’re in Week Six, Peyton and I will be gearing up the balloting after this weekend’s play is in the books.

Since it’s been a while, here’s a reminder of what few rules there are in casting ballots:

  • Mumme Poll ranking is determined by approval voting.  You don’t submit a ballot ranking the teams in some subjective order.  You do not designate a particular team as your choice for number one, unless, of course, you limit your ballot to one team.  You simply list the number of teams you think are worthy of consideration and teams are ranked on the basis of the total number of ballots on which they appear in a given week.
  • There are no restrictions on the number of teams you choose to place on your ballot.  If you want to choose a top 25 every week, be my guest (just realize we won’t pay any attention to your order).  If you want to select a potential playoff field of eight or four teams, that’s fine, too.  If you think Alabama and Georgia are college football’s shiznit, buddy, have at it.
  • Don’t try to game the process.  Don’t submit more than one ballot a week.  Do not list a particular school more than once on a given ballot.  Don’t list your favorite team along with the 23 worst teams in college football.  We do toss questionable votes.

For any newbies out there reading this, it may seem strange and against all your natural instincts as a way to rank college football teams, but trust us, approval voting works.  Plus, the real beauty of this is that you won’t have to spend any time weighing the difference between the nineteenth-best and twentieth-best teams in the country.  By the time you reach season’s end, barring a return to 2007-like chaos, you’ll probably be able to assemble your ballot in less than a couple of minutes.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.  (We don’t have to rent a conference room in Texas and fly all the voters out there each week, either.)

As for the logistics regarding voting each week, here’s how it works:

  • Starting this weekend, I will put up a post at GTP every Sunday morning with a link to the week’s ballot.
  • The ballot contains 25 slots with drop down menus containing the names of the programs you can vote for, in case you want to place that many teams on your ballot.  (That doesn’t mean you have to select that many!)  Whatever number of teams you include will be all that counts.  Also, you’ll need to answer the question at the end of the ballot for security purposes.  Give us a valid email address where indicated and you’re good to go.
  • You have two days to vote.  We’ll chew on our individual ballots in a Tuesday post and the poll results will be posted every Wednesday.

That’s it.  Hope you’ll participate.  Let any friends who are fans know, too.  The more, the merrier.  If you have any questions, post them in the comments.


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12 responses to “Getting the Mumme Poll band back together

  1. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    the European voting bloc is ready.
    hopeful that we don’t get blocked to access the vote by EU rules and regulations.

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  2. Ready and will tell some other CFB fans


  3. stoopnagle



  4. fisheriesdawg

    I know mine will be down at least one more team in the Big Ten come Saturday night.

    Not sure what to think about Oklahoma and Michigan…they’re on the cut line. Everyone from BYU down is going to have to show some more.

    At this point, I’d be thinking Bama, Georgia, Iowa/PSU winner, and Cincy on the ballot. If Georgia blows the doors off of Auburn, the Iowa/PSU winner could potentially get dropped as well.


  5. Since you threw well deserved shade on The Committee I’m just wondering how valid is approval voting for small groups? No reason to believe it’s not effective, but the law of large numbers would seem to be of benefit. If more is better, then isn’t this what the AP Poll already is?


  6. SoCalDawg

    Glad its back. Looking forward to it. Thanks Senator.


  7. TripleB

    Why is it named Mumme?


  8. originaluglydawg

    If Danny KaneLL votes, will you throw out his ballot?


  9. waterswv

    Hawaii #1