Poll Comparisons

 

For someone who really doesn't believe in the validity of most polls, I seem to be unable to ignore them.  Previously, we made a comparison of the ACC and the Southeastern Conference and it showed what I thought it would show, and that is that the ACC is regarded as being a level or two above the Southeastern Conference when it comes to an overall evaluation of the institutions involved.

 

Another comparison which might be interesting is between the U.S. News and World Report top 50 and the AP Final Top 25 in football. The purpose of this comparison is not to make a particular point, but simply to present the information.

Here we go.

School Final AP 25 US News Highest Possible Rating Tier
Oklahoma 1 NR 117 3.0 3
Miami 2 NR 52 3.1 2
Washington 3 45       1
Oregon St. 4 NR 117 3.0 3
Florida St. 5 NR 52 3.1 2
Va. Tech 6 NR 52 3.5 2
Oregon 7 NR 117 3.4 3
Nebraska 8 NR 117 3.1 3
Kansas St. 9 NR 117 2.9 3
Florida 10 NR 52 3.6 2
Michigan 11 25       1
Texas 12 49     1
Purdue 13 NR 52 3.8 2
Colorado St. 14 NR 117 3.0 3
Notre Dame 15 19     1
Clemson 16 NR 52 3.0 2
Georgia Tech 17 35     1
Auburn 18 NR 52 3.0 2
South Carolina 19 NR 52 2.9 2
Georgia 20 NR 52 3.4 2
TCU 21 NR 52 2.8 2
LSU 22 NR 117 2.7 3
Wisconsin 23 35     1
Mississippi St. 24 NR 117 2.4 3
Iowa St. 25 NR 52 3.4 2

Figures in the rating column show how that institution compares with others within the tier since U.S. News does not rate schools in rank order other than 1-50. The figures shown in this column are accurate only if one assumes the school in question is the top school in their tier which is highly unlikely.

The top finishers when the two scores are combined are:

        1. Notre Dame..............34
        2. Michigan...................36
        3. Washington...............48
        4. Georgia Tech............52
        5. Wisconsin.................58
        6. Texas........................61

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