|Daily Blog •July 19, 2013|
This is my first update on how the conference poll voting is shaping up. The last couple of years, I have I put up a poll for everyone to pick who would win each conference game during the year. I found these results fascinating prior to the year. When you vote in the poll, it tabulates the current % of votes for each team in each individual game. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the year for the people who predicted the conference’s most accurately. However, you need to vote on every single game to qualify. You cannot just vote on the six BCS conferences and skip the others.
Here are the current conference standings for all of the Non-AQ conferences and the American Athletic conference with the percentages of each game factored in according to your votes.
Louisville is my pick to win the AAC (along with every other publication) and clearly they are an overwhelming favorite by you guys as well. Their closest % is the Rutgers game, which last year went down to the wire and decided the conference champ. Newcomer UCF is expected to compete for a conference championship this year asthey are tied for 2nd with Cincinnati as the two teams do not play one another.
The Mountain West adds Utah St and San Jose St this year and will split into divisions. In the West, Fresno St is expected to run the table and even snap their long losing streak to Boise this year, which I agree with. San Diego St, who shared the MW crown with Fresno and Boise last year is projected to finish 2nd by you. In the Mountain to no surprise, Boise is expected to win but if they do lose to Fresno would have to travel again to the Valley to play the Bulldogs in the MW Championship game.
CUSA is another conference that has a different look this year as they lose 4 teams to the AAC but then add a total of 6 teams from the WAC and Sun Belt. Marshall is my #1 most improved team in the country this year and they are also your guy's pick to win CUSA East. In the West, Tulsa is the favorite, but I am a bit surprised you picked Louisiana Tech who returns only 7 starters and has a new head coach over Rice who has 19 returning starters off a bowl win.
Fresh off their 2nd straight MAC title and becoming the first MAC team to make a BCS bowl, Northern Illinois is favored to win the West division for a 4th straight year. In the East, Bowling Green is expected to win and make their first appearance in the MAC Championship game since 2003 as they are favored over Ohio who has made 4 straight bowl games.
The Sun Belt like the past couple of years is wide open and this year is no different as you have three teams tied at the top in Louisiana, ULM and WKU while 2-time defending champ Arkansas St with their 4th head coach in as many years is projected to finish 4th.
Tomorrow I will post your projected standings for the BCS conferences.
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