Tag:Top 25
Posted on: October 10, 2011 3:57 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 4:16 pm

INTERACTIVE: AP voting regional bias (Oct. 10)

Posted by Chip Patterson

Each week the ballots of the AP Top 25 voters are collected, and sorted based on location.  Below is our weekly visual to represent team favoritism from voters in different locations.

The final tabulations showed no change in the top 10 of the new AP rankings, but how did things look from a regional perspective? Most of the changes from Week 5 to Week 6 occurred in the bottom half of the rankings, with Florida and Florida State's exit making room for new arrivals like Houston.

The Cougars' journey into the Top 25 makes for a great example of how the right votes can squeeze you into the rankings. Voters from eighteen different states have Houston ranked at an average spot of 25 or below. But thanks to some heavy lifting elsewhere in the country (where the Cougars are ranked as high as 17) Kevin Sumlin's squad finds themselves back in the national rankings once again.

One new feature to the graphic is the introduction of sorting the average votes by region, as well as state. When looking at Houston's case on a region-by-region breakdown, the Southwestern voters are showing the Cougars less respect than the rest of the nation.

Take a look at this week's regional breakdown of AP ballots. See any discrepancies? Let us know what you think in the comment section or tell us on on Twitter (@EyeOnCFB) You can also check out Brett McMurphy's AP ballot and Dennis Dodd's Power Poll for more college football rankings.

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Posted on: October 3, 2011 2:03 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2011 2:19 pm

INTERACTIVE: AP voting regional bias (Oct. 3)

Posted by Chip Patterson

The new AP rankings are out, and now it is time to see if there are any trends with the media voters across the country.

Last week in the CBSSports.com interactive analysis of regional voting bias, we were able to see voters from outside the Southeastern United States giving Clemson more credit than the voters in the Tigers' region. Interestingly enough the trend has continued after the Tigers' defeat of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Voters in California, Wyoming, Iowa, Idaho, and Arizona are averaging a top 5 position for Clemson, currently ranked at No. 8.

One of the many observations from this week's voting distribution is the placement of No. 7 Stanford. With their late start against UCLA (10:15 PM ET), you would figure that the East Coast voters would have missed the opportunity to see the Cardinal slowly and methodically pick the Bruins apart for their seventh straight win by 26 or more points. But the distribution of the Stanford votes on the map shows most of the states ranking the Cardinal below No. 7 in their ballots are in the Mountain or Pacific time zone, making it highly unlikely they missed Saturday's late night treat.

What does that say about Stanford's squad? With no regional bias in their favor, does it mean the Cardinal are overrated, or is it just jealousy from their neighbors? Take some time to explore our interactive graphic below, and give us your opinion in the comment section.

Click here to check out Brett McMurphy's AP ballot or you can take a look at Dennis Dodd's Power Poll here.

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Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 1:07 pm

INTERACTIVE: AP voting regional bias

Posted by Chip Patterson

Ever wonder how regional biases might affect the voting in the weekly AP poll? The results may surprise you.

In the interactive chart below, you can see how voters in different states have ranked each team in this week's AP Top 25. While there are certain predictable trends with many of the top teams, other trends seem to contradict the idea of regional bias. Clemson, for example, is overrated (being ranked higher than their AP poll position) in states on the opposite side of the country. Many of the southeastern states actually have then underrated (ranked lower than their AP position).

Spend some time with our new tool, checking out different teams and conferences.  See something that stands out to you?  Let us know in the comment section below.

You can see how Brett McMurphy voted in this week's AP poll and check out the complete AP and Coaches polls.

Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:45 am
Edited on: September 26, 2011 10:49 am
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Posted on: September 4, 2010 3:13 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 3:43 pm

A simple question about the Florida Gators

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Florida has just defeated Miami by a score of 34-12. John Brantley completed 17 of 25 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns, including a deflected touchdown on 4th and 21 for the game's final score. Brantley was hampered by awful play from Mike Pouncey at center, as the two combined for about 15 poor snaps. The final margin was 22 points, but Miami was within 9 in the fourth quarter.

So, having seen Florida's performance in this season opener, do they still deserve to be in the Top 10?


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