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.)
It’s rubber meets the road time this week. For now, though…
This week, you’ve got your close calls to consider… and then you’ve got Tennessee losing by 25.
Ballot link is here.
Turnout this week was still quite good, if not quite at the level of Week 10.
Our top 22 looks like this:
Or, as I refer to it, “our top 21 plus the Michigan State trolling”.
Ohio State climbed back into the top (over 90% of all ballots) tier and TCU slipped past Michigan into third place this week. Other than that, not much changed in our top ten.
Looking at the selection committee’s latest vote,
… really, much the same could be said about it. Significant overlap remains the rule, although we did not give in to Irish-itis and list Notre Dame in our top 22 as the committee did.
As usual, we were extremely efficient with our time, unlike certain folks we could name.
In terms of conference affiliation, the SEC is no longer at the top of the heap.
Voters from Georgia climbed to 63% of the total pool.
This week’s question saw Kirby Smart capture a whopping 94% of the vote. Not a big surprise, considering.
I’m guessing a few ballots will change based on last weekend’s action. Here’s the link.
I took last week as a validation of my voting approach so far this season. It’s too late to stop now.
With regard to the foodie question, I’m not an Athens regular, so I stuck with what I know — Cali N Tito’s.
Crazy week should mean big changes, right? Here’s the link for this week’s ballot.
Welp, we rebounded nicely from last week’s drop in numbers voting. Week 9 showed a total of 293 votes cast. Average number of teams appearing on a ballot is 7.3, which is unchanged from Week 8.
Our top 25 looks like this now:
As you can see, no team appeared on all ballots cast this week, although three teams cleared the Tier One threshold of 90+%. Only one other cleared appearing on three quarters of all ballots cast.
Here’s how the first CFP rankings look:
The overlap, while not exactly the same, is still significant. (That being said, guys, what do I need to say to get some of you to pay attention when you cast a vote for Michigan?)
Timewise, we’re even more efficient than we were the week before.
No need to put our voters up in nice hotel for a weekend junket.
Conference affiliation remains virtually unchanged.
Participation by Georgia voters increased again, to 62.7% of the voting pool.
Answers to bonus question presented without comment:
I (very) briefly questioned whether I should expand my votes this week. Nah.
Less than five minutes, obviously.