Tag:College Football Standings
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 19, 2011 7:04 pm

ACC poll reactions, Week 3

Posted by Chip Patterson

The new polls were released on Sunday, and the ACC was able to capitalize on an impressive non-conference performance by adding to their poll presence. Florida State fell from the top ten after their primetime loss to Oklahoma, but big wins for Clemson and Georgia Tech paid off in national rankings.

Florida State (AP: 11/Coaches: 14) - The Seminoles certainly had a chance to jump into national-title contender status, but the home loss to the top-ranked Sooners has dropped FSU from current consideration. Virginia Tech (AP: 13/Coaches: 11) - The Hokies jumped out to a big lead early on Arkansas State, and cruised in the second half to a 26-7 win. Virginia Tech's string of non-ranked opponents will continue this week, with a trip west to face Marshall. Once conference play starts, the Hokies will begin to face opponents that could raise their stock in the polls or reveal a team unworthy of their ranking. How the voters perceive the currently undefeated Hokies could change after hosting Clemson, Miami, and a road trip to a revived Wake Forest team.

Clemson (AP: 21/Coaches: 22) - The Tigers hit their stride at just the right time with their upset over Auburn in Death Valley. The game was a coming of age for sophomore quarterback Tajh Boyd and an arrival party for star wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Clemson's celebration will be short-lived, as head coach Dabo Swinney prepares the Tigers for a crucial Atlantic Division showdown with Florida State on Saturday.

Georgia Tech (AP: 25/Coaches: 24) - Those who have doubted Georgia Tech's offense bit their tongues on Saturday when the Yellow Jackets piled up 604 rushing yards against Kansas. The 12.1 yards per carry was an NCAA record (minimum 50 carries) and the defense is starting to look comfortable year two under coordinator Al Groh. The Yellow Jackets are happy to break through, and will get their chance to prove themselves against North Carolina on Saturday.

North Carolina (AP: None/Coaches: 25) - The poll status of Everett Withers' squad is a bit of a head-scratcher. The Tar Heels just make the cut for the Top 25 in the USA Today poll of coaches. But the Associated Press voters do not show anywhere close to the same proportion of love for North Carolina, with the Tar Heels receiving just a handful of points. My only guess is that Butch Davis is a well-respected member of many coaching circles, and the Tar Heels could be getting extra credit from coaches while the presence of an interim is getting them less from the press. Either way, we'll have a much better idea of how North Carolina stacks up after facing No. 25 Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Saturday.

Other Receiving Votes - Miami is the top non-ranked vote getter after knocking off Ohio State at home. Maryland, a week after being on the cusp of national ranking, fell to the bottom of the "other receiving votes" pile after falling to West Virginia on Saturday.

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Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:12 pm

Big East poll reactions, Week 1

Posted by Chip Patterson

Predictably, the preseason polls did not have much of a Big East presence. The preseason Associated Press poll only opened the door for West Virginia to sneak in at No. 24. But on Saturday South Florida made quite the statement to the voters, pulling off the upset win over Notre Dame in South Bend. Now the conference gets to revel in two teams represented in the polls, with one more collecting votes.

19. West Virginia - Dana Holgorsen's debut in Morgantown was far from normal as the Mountaineers collected their first victory in a game called for lightning. The new offensive scheme under the direction of quarterback Geno Smith sputtered at first, but by the time the game was called the offense had scored five times on eight offensive drives - something that Holgorsen singled out on Monday as "pretty good." Next the Mountaineers will host Norfolk State before traveling to College Park and face Maryland in Byrd Stadium.

22. South Florida - Skip Holtz said before the season that his team had some momentum coming off the Bulls' dramatic late season victories over Miami and Clemson in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. That momentum off those two close wins carried over to South Bend on Saturday with the 23-20 victory over the then-ranked Irish. The Bulls' defense was opportunistic, and BJ Daniels was able to orchestrate enough scoring drives (granted, field goals) in the first half to put the game out of reach by the time the Irish made the quarterback switch. The Bulls now have three winnable games ahead with the possibilities of traveling to Pittsburgh 4-0. After that begins the brutal road journey through the Big East that includes four away games in five weeks.

Other Receiving Votes 38. Pittsburgh - The Panthers' "high-octane" offense took a while to get going against Buffalo, and it is clear the Panthers are sell getting used to operating at Todd Graham's preferred speed in a game situation. Luckily Pitt welcomes Maine to town on Saturday for one more test-run before taking Graham's "high-octane" show on the road to face the Hawkeyes in Iowa on Sept. 17.
Posted on: September 6, 2011 6:06 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 7:35 pm

ACC Poll Reactions, Week 1

Posted by Chip Patterson

Preseason polls are silly, they are based entirely on predictions of performance parties who may/may not have looked past the school-provided spring notes. Thankfully, after one week of football the Associated Press voters have some concrete results as a basis for their decisions. Granted, it's only been one game and many teams competed against inferior opponents, but there are concrete results nonetheless.

5. Florida State - The Florida State defense put on quite a show in their 34-0 shutout against ULM, and the voters rewarded the Seminoles with a one spot bump in the rankings. Until Florida State plays top-ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 17, I can't see them climbing over the Sooners, LSU, Alabama, or Boise State. No. 5 could be the highest spot FSU gets this year, or the springboard to a memorable season in Tallahassee.

11. Virginia Tech - The Hokies avoided a repeat of 2010's FCS upset at home, and blasted Appalachian State 66-13. Running back David Wilson has silenced his doubters and added his name to the list of Heisman dark horse candidates. Virginia Tech's schedule works in their favor, but it also means there will likely be no huge jumps in the polls. But as long as the Hokies keep winning they'll hang around the top ten. Just like Survivor, Frank Beamer's squad needs to outplay each opponent and outlast the competition.

Other receiving votes

31. Maryland - The Terps put on a show knocking off Miami 32-24 in primetime. Danny O'Brien ran a high-tempo offense and the defense turned two of Miami's four turnovers into 14 points on the way to the win. Another statement win opportunity awaits Sept. 17 with No. 19 West Virginia coming to town.

41. North Carolina State - The Wolfpack withstood the early game miscues and finally hit their stride to pull away from Liberty in the second half. While new quarterback Mike Glennon struggled at times, NC State got some great running from backup running back Curtis Underwood and a swarming back seven on defense looked improved from 2010.

47. Georgia Tech, Clemson - Each of these teams received one vote in the poll, presumably from someone looking to reward them for appearing to turn around from disappointing 6-7 finishes in 2010. Both teams did look better, but have a long way to go before they break the Top 25.
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