Intrepid reader solves mystery
Posted by disappointmentzone on 19 October 2006
As I wrote earlier, there are two AP voters, both from California, who refuse to vote OSU #1 and instead vote for West Virginia. For the life of me (and for the life of everyone I know) I can’t figure out the twisted calculus necessary to vote West Virginia ahead of OSU. Under what rubric could such a conclusion logically be reached? West Virginia has beaten, as one reader pointed out, Syracuse and East Carolina–big time programs with rich traditions of fielding top-notch football teams–and the combined records of the teams WVU has played is a lowly 14-25.
The combined records of OSU’s opponents is a respectable 29-17 (with wins over Texas and Iowa, for those scoring at home).
I realize that a team’s schedule is to some extent beyond the control of the program. If OSU only played Oberlin College, OSU would still be a fairly good team. But I think it’s fair to say that OSU would not be as good of a team if they only played Oberlin College, which is to say that the quality of opponents a team plays to some extent shapes (or refines) the quality of a team. West Virginia has not been in a position to undergo such a refinement; OSU has. This is important.
I posted the email address of one of the voters, Scott Wolf, in case anyone was interested in writing him to ask him about his curious voting habits. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the email address of the other voter, Kevin Pearson.
Now the mystery has been solved—not by me, of course, but a fantastic reader whose initials are MF. Here is Mr. Pearson’s email address.
Yes, I’ve already sent him an email.