how the heck did oh*o get three poll voters? and i thought the electoral college was faulty.
AP Polls Individual Ballots- Interesting
The AP poll has no bearing on who gets to play in postseason bowls.
But the reality is that voters in the other polls see the AP Poll and are often influenced by the Poll. Thus, going up or down in the AP poll may have a bearing on who gets the BCS bowl bids.
OK, fair enough, but he was making a comparison to the electoral college which directly decides who becomes president.
There are more DI football teams in Ohio than in any other state except Texas so I think 3 is fine. Of course one of those is Herbie and I'd say that's more a national ballot because of all the traveling he does w/ ESPN.
It would be pretty cool if someone figured out how to visualize this on a map. Im gonna try and figure out a good way in the next few weeks when ive got some time
You select a team from a drop-down list and it shows a heat map over the United States that says how the polls rated them
I have no idea how to do this, but it would be awesome to do. I think that it would be interesting to see the regional biases that take place as the season goes on.
That sounds like a great idea, I will try and figure out the nuts and bolts soon. If someone beats me to the punch let me know.
Not sure what or how you were planning on doing it, but PHP has a heatmap class you can use that would make it fairly easy. http://www.labsmedia.com/clickheat/heatmap.html
I haven't looked at this closely enough but it seems to me the hardest part is grabbing the poll results and info (poller, location, etc) every week. I'd hate for it to be a manual entry every week, that would be painful. Really, this is the type of thing that AP should be doing themselves or at least opening an API to the information to let third parties do it.
Let me know if you want some help with this, it sounds like a cool project and I do like to code! (nerd)
The only real problem i can see here is that there is not enough coverage for a sample. Does anyone know how many blog poll votes there are? Are there other reputable polls that matter?
How does FSU curb-stomp BYU in Utah and end up 5 spots behind them in the USA Today poll?
I found this pretty perplexing as well. Especially, when the AP poll was so different from the Coach's poll. I can't recall a time when the two polls were so off from each other on a number of different teams.
It reminds me of something that someone told me when Rich was hired. Basically a friend told me not to wear the UM gear while traveling through West Virginia. After my initial barrage of jokes (why on earth would I want to travel through West Virginia, I already stick out with all my teeth, wouldn't the sound of my mechanical horse scare them away, etc.), I asked why. He said "Because nobody holds a grudge like a West Virginian."
I laughed it off and said they'll be fine and one day they'll forget Rich was even there, and he said "No way. Those people bring hate to a new level. They'll hate Rich Rod til the day he dies, and his shiny new school too."
Can we avoid using "curb stomp". That is about as pleasing of a mental image as "dick tear" or "Tom Hammond".
I'm not surprised that the West Virginia voter left Michigan out. West Virginians are still angry over Rich Rod leaving, just visit one of their message boards sometime. I'm interested though to see his vote next week should Michigan beat Indiana.
Another voter I found to be quite homerish is this guy: Rich Kaipust Omaha (NE) World-Herald. He too left Michigan out, but somehow managed to put Nebraska at #25. What? My guess is that this is somehow related to 1997.
have Michigan on the verge of the top 10.....thats ludicrous.
Some of these voters may be giving Michigan a bump is the polls for beating ND, while many schools have been rolling over cup cakes early in the season.
WOW, the fact that James and Hart have UM ranked 12th and 11th respectively is amazing. Saturday can't get here soon enough.
A Michigan-WV bowl matchup would be epic.
EDIT: oops, meant this to be a reply to the guy talking about West Virginians holding grudges.
... votes in one giant block, and usually for members of that block in sports (and politics). Theirs is a house united.
I'm not excited about high poll rankings we don't deserve, and other people shouldn't be either (unless it's after the bowls). Yeah, the high rankings are probably from "resume" type voters, but we have many, many chances to lose still, and I still don't see us as better than OSU.
I like Graig James, but that's a little high. We come out
of Iowa City 6-0 and I'll buy it. I do like the way we're
working our way up the polls.
Today, ESPN compared Doug Lesmerises poll vs the actual poll.... then put Herbstreit on there to talk about it... according to Herb, Lesmerises ranks based on that week only, not on the past or potential of the team and tries to keep biases out of it so one team could shoot up or shoot down based on that one week performance...