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SB Nation Week 1 blogpoll

August 26, 2010

Apparently someone voted for EMU! I can only guess that it was a mistake and whoever it was meant to vote for either Central or Western Michigan. EMU’s point total was good for second in the state, behind Michigan State and ahead of Central Michigan and U-M. Also, the order of MAC schools is: Ball State, Bowling Green, Temple, EMU, Ohio, and Central Michigan. Of course, all the Michigan schools, and all the MAC schools, are far enough down the point total that they probably only got votes from one or two bloggers each, and anything out of the top-25 can’t be considered accurate in such a poll (because of the nature of the ranking), but I can’t imagine that any one intentionally voted for the Eagles (or Ball State for that matter, and I’m assuming the U-M vote came from a U-M blogger) as a top-25 team. I could only find it in me to rank EMU 5th in the MAC West, and I have not doubt that the Eagles remain the worst FBS team in the state.

As an alternative to it being a mistake, I suppose it’s also possible that someone is just trying to mess up the rankings. Maybe it was the same voter who ranked the Dixie State Red Storm (formerly — and still on SB Nation — known as the Rebels), who finished last season 4-7 competing Β in the Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference and were picked to finish third in the conference in the GNAC pre-season coaches poll. I don’t know how any one could pick either of these teams except either as a mistake or a joke.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. BeatNavy permalink
    August 26, 2010 10:15 am

    Here’s the ballot that included EMU:

    http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/rankings/college-football-blogpoll-top-25/ballots/58

    No blog name attached to ballot – contrast that link with

    http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/rankings/college-football-blogpoll-top-25/ballots/57
    or
    http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/rankings/college-football-blogpoll-top-25/ballots/59

    (just two examples — point being that the blog’s name is usually at the top of the ballot)

  2. BeatNavy permalink
    August 26, 2010 10:16 am

    here’s the ballot:
    http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/rankings/college-football-blogpoll-top-25/ballots/58

    note lack of blog/voter name at top of ballot, which is usually very visible (one example at http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/rankings/college-football-blogpoll-top-25/ballots/59 )

  3. BeatNavy permalink
    August 26, 2010 10:17 am

    comments borken?

    • BeatNavy permalink
      August 26, 2010 10:18 am

      okay, I guess they’re neither borken or broken even though I tried to comment twice before the borken question

      the ballot that included EMU is at
      http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/rankings/college-football-blogpoll-top-25/ballots/58

      interesting that there is no identifying info on the ballot — contrast that with just one example:
      http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/rankings/college-football-blogpoll-top-25/ballots/57

    • BeatNavy permalink
      August 26, 2010 10:20 am

      okay, I guess they’re neither borken or broken even though I tried to comment twice before the borken question, but it doesn’t seem to like long urls, so let’s try some tiny ones…

      the ballot that included EMU is at
      http://tinyurl.com/27hqfx3

      interesting that there is no identifying info on the ballot — contrast that with just one example:
      http://tinyurl.com/36bu596

    • BeatNavy permalink
      August 26, 2010 10:23 am

      okay, I guess they’re neither borken or broken even though I tried to comment twice before the borken question, but it doesn’t seem to like urls

      I found the ballot that included EMU — but the voter is not identified on the ballot — all other ballots show which blog submitted them…

      i’d like to put a link to the ballots here…

      • August 26, 2010 11:32 am

        The comment spam filter held the comments because of the links. (I wish there was a way to “whitelist” links to certain sites, but if there is, I don’t know it.) I’ve pulled them out of the spam folder and approved them. Thanks!

      • August 26, 2010 11:42 am

        Hmmm…that mystery ballot (#58) seems to be gone. I get a 404 error when I try to follow that link, and EMU doesn’t show up on the list of teams that have gotten votes. http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/rankings/college-football-blogpoll-top-25/teams

  4. BeatNavy permalink
    August 26, 2010 10:21 am

    okay, I guess they’re neither borken or broken even though I tried to comment twice before the borken question, but it doesn’t seem to like urls, so let’s try a workaround — the links below have extra spaces inserted in them — to make them work, just remove all spaces…

    the ballot that included EMU is at
    h t t p : / / t i n y u r l . c o m / 2 7 h q f x 3

    interesting that there is no identifying info on the ballot — contrast that with just one example:
    h t t p : / / t i n y u r l . c o m / 3 6 b u 5 9 6

  5. BeatNavy permalink
    August 26, 2010 10:22 am

    okay, I guess they’re neither borken or broken even though I tried to comment twice before the borken question, but it doesn’t seem to like urls, so let’s try a workaround — the links below have extra spaces inserted in them — to make them work, just remove all spaces (and put the usual beginning of a url before them)…

    the ballot that included EMU is at
    t i n y u r l . c o m / 2 7 h q f x 3

    interesting that there is no identifying info on the ballot — contrast that with just one example:
    t i n y u r l . c o m / 3 6 b u 5 9 6

  6. August 26, 2010 11:49 am

    I found the source of the Dixie State vote: Ole Miss blog Red Cup Rebellion. “Also, I dropped LSU in favor of the Dixie State Rebels. My reasoning should be perfectly clear.” Heh.

  7. Beat permalink
    August 26, 2010 2:40 pm

    holy clogged comments batman

    sorry about the repeat posts – but at least you can see that I tried a bunch of different ways to do it πŸ™‚

  8. September 2, 2010 8:46 pm

    I think I figured it out. According to this post, eligible ballots that were not completed registered as being alphabetical. It seems that at least one such ballot slipped through into the announced results, though it’s since been removed, and that data seems to have been removed. Mystery solved, I think.

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