And here we are again: another Sunday morning, another blog post about my Mumme Poll ballot.
A lot of movement this week. Also, now that I have a computer poll, I can have my first controversy: the computer and the human voter disagree! I've attached week 9 numbers for my computer poll below, so you can see the disagreements. Basically, I bounced Iowa and Alabama from the Top 5 in favor of moving up TCU and Boise State. I thought about having Oregon in the Top 5, but couldn't really figure out why they should be so ranked, esp. above Boise State (other than swatting USC like the annoying flies they are!). I also moved Alabama out of the Top 5 b/c, despite not playing this week, a lot of their competition put up some serious offensive numbers and I feel that this is going to be increasingly important down the stretch (esp. now that Florida's offense remembered how to complete passes to Florida receivers instead of defensive backs). Iowa got moved out of the Top 5, b/c I'm becoming convinced that my computer (& the BCS computers) loves them b/c they are already 9-0, while most teams are only 8-0. My ranking algorithm rewards teams w/ more games played. Also, if you only watched the first three quarters against Indiana, you would probably think about bouncing them, too. B/c as it is obvious they are going to win the Big Ten, the question becomes: "can Iowa beat Oregon in a Rose Bowl?" I think the answer, after Oregon's day against SC, is clearly "no."
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