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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