Will, I came across this list of the AP College Football Poll voters:
Here's my analysis of the voter breakdown (literally AND figuratively).
Discard the WORTHLESS
The elimination of these schools brings the total real I-A schools to 81 from 111. They are organized regionally as (don't get too picky on me because there are some cross-over conferences like the Big 12 and WAC).
Teams Voters ----- ------ West(18): Pac10(10),WAC leftovers(8) 22% 22% Soutwest(12): Big 12(12) 15% 12% Midwest(14): Big 10(10), half ConfUSA (3), ND 17% 25% South(26): SEC(12), ACC(9), 32% 27% half ConfUSA(3), EastCar, SWLA East(11): Big East(8), Penn St., Army, Navy 14% 13%
The HALLOWED HALLS of the BIG-10 (or is that eleven?)
First, Penn St. is an eastern team, not midwestern. Nittany Lion fans, as well as Hokies, know that they've been screwed by the AP before. Here's why. Eastern and Southeastern schools are FAR underrepresented by the voters (46% of real teams and only 40% of voters). Now, the hallowed Big-10 and Notre Dame are WAY overrepresented (17% of real teams vs 25% of voters). PSU will no longer have to feel the effects of the ignorant shrug of Midwestern sportwriter hacks since they are now in the hallowed Big-10 (which makes eleven according to my count -- do they have a different math in the Midwest also?). Finally, you will note that confirmed Notre Dame lovers Beano Cooke and Ivan Maisel are counted against the East voters percentage. What can I say about Beano, other than that he's the idiot who predicted Ron Powlus would be a 4-time Heisman winner?
If it were done properly, they would be counted as Midwest writers, showing the true bias of the AP poll:
Teams Voters ----- ------ Midwest 17% 28% East 14% 10% Closing note: Ohio has 4 (count that, FOUR!) voters. Why?
WACky Western Know-nothings
Before proper elimination of the worthless, 40% of the teams are out West, and they are represented by 34% (23 of 67) of the voters. However, this includes the sad-sack WAC, not to mention the unmentionable, horrendous Big West. Here is a list of writers associated with worthless schools/regions.
Fort Worth Star Telegram (TCU/SMU/UTEP) Dallas Morning News " " Port Arthur (Texas) News (Rice) Houston Chronicle (Rice) Reno Gazette-Journal (UNLV/Nevada) The Salt Lake Tribune (BYU/Utah/UtahSt.) The Fresno Bee (FresnoSt./SJSt.) Alameda Newspaper Group " " The Albuquerque Tribune (UNM/NMSt.) Laramie Boomerang (Wyoming) The Daily Herald, Provo, Utah (Assorted crappy Utah teams see above) Honolulu Advertiser (Hawaii) Colorado Springs Gazette Tele. (ColSt./AFA)
That's enough to wipe out every intelligent vote an eastern writer might cast, plus 50%!!! I would wager VERY few, if not none, of these Western-based writers have even seen a Virginia Tech (ECU, S. Miss, plug in your team here) game over the last 2 years (except maybe the Sugar Bowl). This is why you always see USC, UCLA and BYU overrated by the AP -- the western writers have no one else to vote for. The guys in Big West territory vote for the WAC because they see those teams crush their even more pitiful Big West counterparts. Ditto for PAC-10 vs. WAX. And Hawaii? This guy probably hasn't seen a real football game played in the last 5 years. It's ridiculous.
Who will vote for the Hokies?
The only voter in Virginia is the Wahoo(ugh)-covering Doug Doughty. He only just last week figured out how good Virginia Tech is when they crushed the Flying Scissors. He covers a team which gets far too much coverage from VT's "hometown" newspaper, the Roanoke Times. You think any of the writers in ACC country will vote for the Hokies? Not any more than their elitist administrations would invite us to join their conference. They are sick of having our school with its great fan support and physical football team run roughshod over their prissy little football teams and ruining their wine and cheese parties.
So there you have it -- the Hokies cannot possibly win out against so much institutional bias in the AP poll. And don't even get me started with an analysis of each writer's alma mater.