With the Oregon and Cincinnati results, things appear to have snapped into shape with this week’s 289 Mumme Poll voters. The average number of teams selected on a ballot was 6.7, the smallest number so far this season. Only 45 teams received at least one vote, also the smallest amount of the year. (Once again, that number doesn’t include Florida.)
Here’s our top 25:
And here’s what the selection committee, in its infinite wisdom, popped out last night:
The order may be a little different, but other than UTSA and Ole Miss, the top ten for both contain the same schools. And we managed to accomplish that without death threats ($$) or awkward explanations from the committee chair.
We also managed it without having to spend an inordinate amount of time doing so.
97% in under five minutes. There are commercial breaks on ESPN’s selection show that last that long. There’s no reason approval voting couldn’t work in a credible way, at least that I can see.
The conference breakdown shows the gap between the SEC and Big Ten has widened again.
But that doesn’t appear to be due to a regional bias, as Georgia representation lessened a little this week, to 61.9%.
As for the bonus question, dressing/stuffing dominated, taking almost 70% of the vote. (Sweet potato casserole narrowly beat out mac and cheese for second place, in case you’re wondering.)
Takeways from Week 12:
- What really snapped into place was a playoff field, with four teams appearing on more than 90% of the ballots cast. Those four teams also happen to be the same top four on the selection committee’s list.
- Michigan and Oklahoma State are lurking, though, in the next two spots, although neither received votes on 75% of the ballots.
- Georgia again scored a 100% mark.