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INTERACTIVE: AP voting regional bias

Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 1:07 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Ever wonder how regional biases might affect the voting in the weekly AP poll? The results may surprise you.

In the interactive chart below, you can see how voters in different states have ranked each team in this week's AP Top 25. While there are certain predictable trends with many of the top teams, other trends seem to contradict the idea of regional bias. Clemson, for example, is overrated (being ranked higher than their AP poll position) in states on the opposite side of the country. Many of the southeastern states actually have then underrated (ranked lower than their AP position).

Spend some time with our new tool, checking out different teams and conferences.  See something that stands out to you?  Let us know in the comment section below.

You can see how Brett McMurphy voted in this week's AP poll and check out the complete AP and Coaches polls.


Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:51 pm

INTERACTIVE: AP voting regional bias

Well, its looks like everybody in the south likes us at #1 except for Alabama and Florida, we'll rectify that Florida thing in a couple weeks, after we beat 'em.  Then, of course, in the "psuedo-National Championship, albiet home field advantage for the Tide (at least we're road warriors), we should cement ourselves as #1 in Alabama, also.  Now, just need to find the fool that keeps voting Boise #1 then we're settled.  Any arguments (and Alabama fans come out of the

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:31 pm

INTERACTIVE: AP voting regional bias

Never mind, I didn't realize you could look back to the first week. What's up with Iowa voters? I was making a joke about Notre Dame being ranked in the top 10 earlier, but Iowa voters actually had them ranked 7th (!) in the first week. Really?

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:26 pm

INTERACTIVE: AP voting regional bias

It would be interesting to see voter bias for Notre Dame, but they're not in the top 25 anymore. I guess I'll have to wait for next year's preseason polls when they'll be ranked in the top 10 again.

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