Turnout dropped this week, back down to 277 participants. The average number of teams appearing on a ballot was 4.9. Only 35 teams received votes.
This week’s top 22:
The gap between the top two and the rest of the field enlarged slightly. The gap between four and five actually decreased a little bit, but it’s pretty clear who belongs in our playoff field.
Speaking of which, here’s the selection committee’s top 22:
The interesting difference between the two is which team comes in at number five. The selection committee went with two-loss LSU, while we voted one-loss Southern Cal into the spot.
Might be a little recency bias in our vote this week, with Vandy at 11th and Tennessee at 15th (tied with South Carolina, to boot).
As has been the case, time wasn’t a factor in choosing.
It probably took the CFP more time to book the hotel reservations.
Conference affiliation continues to favor the Big ten.
Ballots from Georgia voters declined to 60% of the total pool this week.
And here’s how our SEC Coach of the Year voting played out.
Congrats, Coach Smart!
(I’d love to see the Venn diagram of the folks who cast votes for Jimbo and those who had Michigan State on their ballots. But I digress.)