Monday, October 02, 2006

AP Pulls Back the Curtain, Releases Ballots

In a curious move that I've been screaming for for several years now, the Associated Press has released this week's ballots to the public. I'll leave the serious data mining for the more mathematically-inclined bloggers (and, I suppose, the hobo who stole Tommy Tuberville's Cray 9000), but it's pretty interesting to peruse some individual ballots.

One observation I noticed is that a certain overweight and unemployed hack journalist has Notre Dame at 16. Hmmm.

UPDATE: Before Brian panics, don't worry, I'm not talking about you. Har har har.

Also, a commentator noted that Craig James has a psychotic ballot. Georgia Tech ranked above Notre Dame? Fascinating. I'm pulling up a chair and waiting for a good explanation on that one.

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18 Comments:

At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/specials/collegefootball_front/votes/10064.html?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME

 
At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Riley said...

The fat man's ballot actually isn't too bad. Other than Iowa I can see an argument as to why a team could be ranked ahead of the Irish just as I could the other way around for every team but Iowa. Craig James of ABC listing them at 18 is a different story.

 
At 5:54 PM, Anonymous mike said...

Craig James having them two spots lower than Georgia Tech is criminal!

 
At 6:03 PM, Blogger fightinamish said...

Makes sense to me... look at their best road win. GT beat an unstoppable VTech, Notre Dame only beat a pathetically weak Georiga Tech.

Wait, hang onn.

 
At 6:40 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Whitlock's not unemployed, he works for AOL. Uh... like us.

 
At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? Until Notre Dame has the Onions to be part of a Division other than the "Indepents", they shouldn't even be considered for rankings.

 
At 7:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous is absolutely right. ND should definitely join the Big 10. That way they could play a REALLY tough schedule, like Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, and Penn State in the first five weeks....oh wait...

He must mean ND would have to play the really tough powers in the Big 10 like Illinois, Northwestern, and Indiana. That must be it. Plus, then the University could schedule a tough OOC slate like Directional Michigan and Youngstown State and justify it with "our in conference schedule is so tough..."

 
At 8:17 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Craig James has always been big on GA Tech, and I don't really know why. Whenever we're "others receiving votes," he'll be talking us up in articles of yahoo sports or ABC or wherever.

I dunno his justification for that, but on my blogpoll ballot, my justification for same was (besides blatant homerism), GT's only loss was a squeaker whereas ND's only loss was fairly substantial. But the main thing is, wtf do week five polls really mean anyways?

 
At 8:52 PM, Anonymous matsut said...

I don't know if James' ballot is "psychotic", necessarily; he might just think that Georgia Tech is a better team than the Irish right now. I watched the GT-ND game, and other than the final score didn't see anything that suggested ND was the obviously superior team. Now, I know a win's a win, but stomping the Hokies in week 5 might mean more to the odd voter than a fairly pedestrian win over Purdue. There's got to be some sort of exception to the head-to-head rule that says the winner's ALWAYS got to be ranked over the loser.

What I'd like to know is where anyone gets off voting West Virginia #1 - or anywhere in the top 5, for that matter. What have they done this season?

 
At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig James = Dbag!

Remember, he comes from SMU, where cheating was invented!

No respect! I feel like Rodney Dangerfield

 
At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Tommy O said...

west va has looked sharp this season.. granted against nobody.

i think they belong in the top 5 until somebody proves otherwise but also agreed--#1 is just ludicrous.

same with ranking ga tech ahead of the irish. either the irish beat a good team or they didn't. you can't say "notre dame's had a mediocre win against a mediocre team" at the beginning of the season and then rank the irish below them when that team wins their conference (hopefully).

rather i think it's clear that georgia tech was underrated preseason. if we're going to get all sorts of shit about how the teams we beat last year ended up unranked, then accordingly we should get props when the teams we beat that were unranked at the time turn out to be good.

and ga tech has NOT simply been "coming into their own" as the season progresses...they came out anything BUT flat against us.

 
At 9:49 PM, Anonymous Tommy O said...

yes i said props.

 
At 10:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't agree with it, but pollsters are generally deficient in the memory department anyways, so ranking GT above ND, while stupid, is at least somewhat expected. However, what about the idiots who ranked VT ahead of GT? There needs to be a national expose on that one.

Nate

 
At 9:14 AM, Blogger gwzimm said...

I just don't think WVA or Loisville are top 10; they play high school teams, and not very good ones at that.

 
At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

however, at least louis played the miami without the (). and while in a serious down year, they still earned the right to be the miami without an explanation.

 
At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to burninate the polls...

Why the heck is texas ranked so high? I cannot wait till they play another quality opponent and lose.

 
At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No respect! I feel like Rodney Dangerfield"

Rodney Dangerfield wouldn't lose at home as bad as ND did to Michigan. Respect is earned.

 
At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Youre absolutely right....how much did you beat Michigan by? Oh thats right youre a dum dum because nobody has beat Michigan.

 

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