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Not So Fast, My Friend: Biases in College Football Polls

Mark Witte () and McDonald Mirabile ()

Journal of Sports Economics, 2010, vol. 11, issue 4, 443-455

Abstract: The national championship game in Division IA football is selected in part by voters. Are the voters biased? Examining all weekly rankings from 2004 to 2008, the authors find the following results. Voters in the USA Today (Coaches') Poll tend to rank their team's recent opponents 4.3 places higher than the average voting coach and rank the recent opponents of their alma mater 3.2 places higher. Additionally, both coaches and sports media (AP Poll) overassess teams who play in certain Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conferences relative to non-BCS conferences and reward 'running up the score' by voting teams with high offensive output above their peers.

Keywords: voting; sports; bias; college football (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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