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.
Keep up with the latest college football news from around the country. From the regular season all the way through the bowl games, CBSSports.com has you covered with this daily newsletter. | Preview