Sunday, November 18, 2012

Analyzing the 11/18/12 AP Poll - Notre Dame clear #1, but then what?

Here is week 12 of analyzing the AP poll.  Thanks as always to the AP publishing their voting.

All 12 charts are displayed below to make it easy to see the changes.

Where there was clarity before, there is confusion now.  Notre Dame is the clear #1 according to the writers garnering all the 1st place votes, but after that it isn't as clear.  Alabama is #2 but they get votes as low as #6!  Georgia ranges from 2nd to 8th, and Ohio State ranges from 2nd to 14th!  Oregon doesn't get any 2nd place votes and is as low as 10th, but is ahead of Florida who does get as high as 2nd but as low as 12th.  South Carolina is #13 overall but gets a 4th place vote.  Opinions certainly vary!

So, what about some of these on the edge votes?

One voter that has Alabama 6th has Ohio State, Georgia, Oregon, and Florida ahead of them.  The other has Texas A&M ahead instead of Florida.  A voter that has them 5th has Georgia, Florida, and Texas A&M ahead.

Ohio State is 2nd on 20 ballots, but 10th or lower on 5.  Florida is 2nd on one ballot by the voter from South Bend and he also has South Carolina 4th ahead of Kansas State, Oregon, and Georgia.

The Coaches and Harris polls will be interesting.