Well, one thing seems certain. With an unprecedented 74 teams receiving votes in this season’s first balloting, chaos has come to town. Here’s what our top thirty looks like:
For handy comparison’s sake, here’s the top 25 from the AP and Coaches Polls:
There is a credible amount of correlation going on there. And, pertinently, without the perception of bias that plagues the Coaches Poll. Not to mention this:
A poll so easy, even a head coach has time for it.
324 people participated this week and the typical ballot had votes cast for 11.8 programs. Consistent with prior years, 60.5% of the voters are from Georgia, but I don’t think we can chalk the Dawgs’ ranking up to hometown bias.
The vote by conference breaks down like this:
We may not like it, but the Big Ten is more credible with us that it’s been in a while.
Random thoughts and observations:
- Your eyes do not deceive you. One voter left Georgia off their ballot entirely. That’s actually not that strange. In 2019, after LSU established their regular season dominance, I think there was only one week then that the Tigers were a unanimous pick by our voters.
- Speaking of 2019, I came up with a designation then I called Tier One, which consisted of teams appearing on at least 90% of ballots cast. There are three that meet that criteria this week: Georgia, Iowa and Cincinnati.
- There are only nine teams that made an appearance on at least half the ballots, which is a little slim this early in the season, especially in a season of chaos. The normal pattern is for that to shrink further and for a significant hollowing out following the over 50% crowd, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
What do y’all see there? Have at it in the comments.