Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE
Ron Morris explains the process he uses for determining his AP Poll ballot and it's as insane as you thought it might be.
You know, I spent so much time last season getting worked up over Ron Morris and his cockamamie AP Poll voting mechanisms, I find myself just shaking my head and chuckling this time around. I don't begrudge anyone going to town on Morris and I appreciate seeing his polling antics get the attack they deserve, but at the end of the day, he's a troll and this is what he's going to do.
That said, I do think people deserve to know why he does what he does. Remember, it's not just that he has the Syracuse Orange unranked. He also has Michigan State at No. 12 and UConn, the team that just beat the Spartans, unranked. Oh and he has Murray State all the way up at No. 9.
It's as if he doesn't have a system. And yet, that's where you're wrong. Because he does have a system, and it's glorious. A number of people have taken the time to email Morris and ask him about how he determine his AP Poll and the best thing is, his response to them all is exactly the same.
In other words, he has to explain himself so often that he's created a stock answer that he cuts and pastes into emails.
(The fact that Ron receives so many angry emails demanding an explanation that, instead of saying to himself that he should probably rethink this, he creates a form answer to explain his lunacy, is AH-MAZING).
Craig Z. was the latest person to ask Ron and he kindly forwarded me the stock response, which I figured I might as well share with the rest of the class.
For the past several years I have used a formula to determine my preseason top 25. The formula takes into account the top 25 ranked players in the country at each of the five positions. I tweaked the formula some this year to also include freshmen. It is far from a perfect system, but probably just as good as guessing/speculating, which is what everyone else does. Is it a perfect system? Absolutely not. Does a team get left out that probably should be in? Absolutely. Does a team get ranked that probably should not? Absolutely.
My guess is that Syracuse will enter my top 25 sometime soon, when we begin basing our rankings on actual games played. My guess also is that Syracuse will climb fast in my poll.
"My guess is that Syracuse will enter my top 25 sometime soon." I'M NOT EVEN MAD, I'M AMAZED!