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My Week 9 Mumme Poll ballot

Well, hayul.  I thought things were supposed to get easier as the season wears on.  Instead, it seems I’ve expanded my ballot this week.

  • Alabama
  • Baylor
  • Clemson
  • LSU
  • Ohio State
  • Oklahoma
  • Stanford
  • TCU

Is there a more inexplicable loss this year than Oklahoma losing to Texas?

Even with the changes, it still took me only about 10 minutes to put that together.


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Mumme Poll results, Week 8

Another week in the books, and a new number one.

Rank Team Votes
1 LSU 34
2 Ohio State 32
2 Clemson 32
4 Baylor 29
4 Alabama 29
4 TCU 29
7 Michigan State 19
8 Stanford 17
9 Memphis 13
10 Oklahoma State 11
10 Iowa 11
12 Notre Dame 7
13 Florida 3
13 Houston 3
13 Utah 3
13 Oklahoma 3
17 Temple 2
17 Duke 2
17 Toledo 2
20 Appalachian State 1
20 Pittsburgh 1
20 Mississippi State 1
20 Mississippi 1
20 Navy 1
20 Florida State 1
20 Southern Cal 1
  • Plenty of ties this week, which I suspect is due to the relatively few number of ballots cast.  Get on the stick, peeps!
  • One of the ties is at the number four spot.  That would be a lot of fun for the selection committee to unravel.
  • Is Baylor’s drop due to the injury at quarterback?
  • And check out the love Memphis is getting.  (Especially in comparison to Florida, which hammered Ole Miss worse than the Tigers did.)

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My Week 8 Mumme Poll ballot

Honestly, with the FSU and Utah losses, this was an easy one. I spent less than five minutes putting it together.

  • Alabama
  • Baylor
  • LSU
  • Ohio State
  • Stanford
  • TCU

I’m sure there are those who think Michigan State should be in the mix.  My problem with including the Spartans is that once I go down that road, it’s hard to justify keeping teams like Iowa, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Notre Dame out of the mix.  I’m not inclined to do so at the moment.  I’ll see how I feel about that in a couple of weeks.


UPDATE:  Also, this.


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Mumme Poll results, Week 7

Without any further ado, here’s the first MP of the season:

Rank Team Votes
1 Baylor 54
2 LSU 52
3 Alabama 51
4 Clemson 47
5 Ohio State 46
6 Utah 45
7 TCU 43
8 Michigan State 41
9 Stanford 24
10 Florida State 22
11 Iowa 14
12 Memphis 13
13 Notre Dame 10
14 Oklahoma State 6
14 Florida 6
16 Toledo 5
17 Temple 4
17 Houston 4
17 Oklahoma 4
17 Michigan 4
21 Texas A&M 2
22 California 1
22 Duke 1
22 Western Kentucky 1
22 Texas Tech 1
22 Mississippi 1
22 Navy 1

And a few initial observations:

  • Approval voting seems to work just fine. There are no ties until you get pretty far down the list and it’s hard to see any particular spot where the final results have gone off the rails.
  • It took me less than ten minutes to assemble my ballot.  I’d be curious to hear from you about your experience, especially if you’re a returning voter.
  • Interestingly, the top ten teams are neatly divided into two from each of the P5 conferences.
  • Overall, here’s the conference breakdown:  Big 12 – 5; SEC – 5; AAC – 4; Big Ten – 4; ACC – 3; Pac-12 – 3; CUSA – 1; Ind. – 1; MAC – 1.  If our voters tend to be from this neck of the woods, that doesn’t indicate there’s much regional bias at play in the ballots.
  • If the season ended today, how much grief do you think a semi-finals composed of Baylor, LSU, Alabama and Clemson would get?

All in all, a nice start.  It would be even nicer to see more participants, though.  Your thoughts?


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My Week 7 Mumme Poll ballot

Right now, I see eight teams as worthy of being included in a discussion about a national title.

  • Alabama
  • Baylor
  • Clemson
  • LSU
  • Ohio State
  • Stanford
  • TCU
  • Utah

I’m not ready to include Florida State or Michigan State in the picture, but I’m keeping an eye on ’em.

By the way, if you haven’t voted yet, don’t forget to do so.  You’ve got until 9PM tonight to get your ballot in.


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Friendly reminder: the Mumme Poll is open for business

Operators are standing by to take your ballot.

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Your new, improved Mumme Poll, now with more approval voting!

The Coaches Poll has been reduced to an irrelevancy, but the Mumme Poll abides.  That’s right, the brainchild of Get The Picture and the late, lamented 3rd Saturday in Blogtober is back for another season.  (It’s eighth, I believe.)

Tidefan and I have made some changes, though.  Not in the basic concept, which is to offer a platform for a fan-based approach to ranking college football’s best teams with a process that is easier and less biased than the traditional way of doing so, as shown by what the coaches do, but in the way we’ll go about casting our ballots in 2015.

No longer will you be asked to fill a ballot of a predetermined size.  Instead, we’ll leave it up to you do decide how many teams you think are worthy of consideration, based on your own personal criteria.  You think there’s only one team deserving of recognition?  Fine.  Want to stick to picking a four-team field for the semi-finals as the proper way to define the best?  Works for us.  You consider yourself a forward thinking person who would rather move ahead to the day when the postseason field is your perfect eight schools?  Go, dog, go.  Or do anything in between – I will, as I’ll test my theory that, at most, there are never more than four or five teams in a given season worthy of national title consideration.

It all works.  We’re counting total approvals to rank teams, and that’s all we’ll do.  (Click on the link on the Mumme Poll page if you want to learn more about how approval voting functions.)

This should make it even less time-consuming to construct a ballot, at least if your experience is like mine, spending the bulk of my time deciding which school gets the last slot, usually because as the season progresses, it’s impossible to find a team worthy of making the list.

The other changes are minor.  Tidefan, who is the brains of this operation, by the way, has removed the comments section at the site, as it was getting little use.  All commenting on ballots will be here.  I’ll try to make sure we have a few posts every week for that.  Also, we’re ditching attendance requirements.  If you miss, you can play again.  And you can register to vote when you’d like.

Rules?  Ah, rules.  There aren’t many left now.

  1. Registration. To cast a ballot, you’ll need to register at the Mumme Poll site.
  2. Voting period. In most weeks, balloting takes place at any time between 9:00 A.M. on the Sunday after the games and 9:00 P.M. on the following Monday.  On those rare weeks when a Sunday game is played, the voting is pushed back 24 hours.
  3. The one commandment. Don’t try to game the system. Don’t subvert the vote by submitting a ballot with your favorite school and the nine worst teams in D-1, for example.  The ballots are monitored and if something questionable comes up, a voter will be given a chance to explain.  If we’re convinced there’s a deliberate effort to muck things up, we’ll toss the ballot and the voter.

As far as registration goes, if you voted before, you should still be in the system and don’t need to register again.  See?  Easy.

First ballot casting will take place starting next Sunday morning.

Any feedback, questions or complaints feel free to bring up in the comments section.

Please vote.  Tell your friends who are football fans to jump in, too.  The more, the merrier, particularly if we’re able to broaden the geographics of our voting pool.

Besides, if you’re a Georgia fan, you could probably use a distraction right now.


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