Well, some of y’all checked out after the SECCG. The number of voters this week plummeted to 239, by far the lowest of the season.
Those that voted tended to distill their choices. The average number of teams on a given ballot was down to 5.3. Keep in mind that only two weeks ago, that number was almost seven. 52 teams received at least one vote. (Believe it or not, one of those teams is Florida.)
Here’s how our final top 25 of 2021 played out:
And here’s how the selection committee’s top 25 looks:
The order may be a little different, but there’s a high degree of correlation, overall. You have to go all the way down to 13th in the MP before you find a team (UTSA) not on the selection committee’s list and 14th (Oregon), vice versa. When you throw this into the mix…
… it’s hard to justify the current arrangement. Approval voting is easier and has less of an appearance of bias/conflict of interest, not to mention eliminating the costly trips to a Texas resort and awkward explanation’s from the committee’s chairman.
That’s particularly true with regard to selection of the four-team playoff field.
Voters from Georgia made up 61.3% of the total pool.
Again, thanks to all who contributed in making the MP go this year. I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the efforts of my partner in crime, Peyton, who was the man behind the scenes making this puppy work smoothly.
Approval voting works.