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Ballot Type: human

Overall Rationale:
Human ballot while my computer model gathers data. While the computer gathers data, I try to vote in a way I would expect my computer to rank the teams, if it had a few more weeks of data including the likely outcomes of upcoming scheduled games. I might still decide to ignore the computer all season, depending on how it compares a (hypothetically) 5-0 Pac-12 team against a (hypothetically) 9-3 Sun Belt team. My computer gives teams who have not yet played a game AND have not scheduled any team who has already played a game, a score of 0. Since the B1G, Pac-12, Mountain West, and MAC are playing conference-only schedules starting in mid-October, this means B1G, PAC-12, MWC, AND MAC TEAMS ARE NOT IN MY BALLOT, DESPITE THEM SHOWING UP IN THE AP POLL. I have no reasonable way to rank them right now. I acknowledge that my ballot this week will likely look awful, because some voters will be including B1G, Pac-12, and even Mountain West teams. The vote on whether to include teams who are not yet playing, but have scheduled games, was extremely close, and I voted to exclude those teams explicitly because my computer scores them at 0. Because I joined this poll as a computer ballot, I will still try to approximate what I believe my computer would do when ranking teams myself.

Rank Team Reason
1 Clemson Tigers
2 Alabama Crimson Tide
3 Georgia Bulldogs
4 Florida Gators
5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
6 Auburn Tigers
7 Texas Longhorns
8 Mississippi State Bulldogs
9 North Carolina Tar Heels
10 Oklahoma State Cowboys
11 Texas A&M Aggies
12 Tennessee Volunteers
13 Cincinnati Bearcats
14 UCF Knights
15 LSU Tigers
16 Miami Hurricanes
17 Virginia Tech Hokies
18 Kansas State Wildcats
19 Oklahoma Sooners
20 Pittsburgh Panthers
21 South Carolina Gamecocks
22 West Virginia Mountaineers
23 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns
24 BYU Cougars
25 Marshall Thundering Herd

Submitted: Mon 28 Sep 2020 17:11