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AP_logo2 Pollspeak has learned that Mike DiRocco inadvertently turned in the wrong ballot for the 'week 3' AP Poll.  He tried to send a corrected ballot afterwards, but it wasn't counted.  The AP Poll ran on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 with the mistakes included.


Mike DiRocco, an AP Voter and sportswriter for the Florida Times Union in Jacksonville, Florida, mistakenly turned in his week three AP College Football Poll ballot with some mistakes.  The most notable is that he ranked Missouri over Arizona State.  He was the only AP voter (out of 60) to do this, and this is what led Pollspeak to catch the mistake.  On Saturday, the Sun Devils had beaten the Tigers 37 to 30 in overtime.  Not only did DiRocco rank Missouri over Arizona State, but he ranked Missouri highest in the nation at No. 15 and didn't rank Arizona State at all.  You can see his complete ballot as it was published on Sunday HERE.

Pollspeak contacted DiRocco, and he said, "Posting error, but partly my fault. I had written the asu-mizzou score down wrong in my notes. I realized the mistake after I sent the ballot so I re-did it and sent it again.  I sent them (AP) the corrected ballot and they confirmed the got it."

However, it seems the AP either received it too late or still posted the old ballot by mistake.  We are still awaiting a response from the AP.  Pollspeak learned about the discrepancy in DiRocco's ballot by comparing his AP ballot to what he thought was his ballot in his BLOG.   We'll post both ballots below as well.  By comparing to the one used in the AP, you can see the main differences are:

  1. Missouri was supposed to be No. 24 instead of No. 15.
  2. Arizona State was supposed to be No. 19 instead of unranked.
  3. USC should have been Unranked instead of No. 24.

There are some other minor changes, and this would have made some small shifts in the final AP Poll, but the most notable is that Missouri would have received 14 points in the AP instead of 23.  However, there would have been no major shifts in the top 25.  So the mistake was relatively harmless, although embarrassing to DiRocco.  As he wrote, "Great. So I made a national screw up."

Since we broke this story (about 10 minutes ago), the AP has updated DiRocco's ballot online to his new ballot.  However, the AP Poll was still released with the mstaken ballot calculated in.  We are waiting to hear from the AP if they will be releasing an updated version of the AP Poll.

 

Mike DiRocco's intended Ballot:

1. Oklahoma


2. Alabama


3. Boise State


4. LSU


5. Florida State


6. Stanford


7. Wisconsin


8. Nebraska


9. Oklahoma State


10. Virginia Tech


11. Texas A&M


12. Oregon


13. Arkansas


14. South Carolina


15. Ohio State


16. Baylor


17. Michigan State


18. TCU


19. Arizona State


20. Florida


21. Michigan


22. Mississippi State


23. West Virginia


24. Missouri


25. Texas

 

Mike DiRocco's Ballot as it Appeared in the AP Poll:

 

Team

Rank

Oklahoma

1

Alabama

2

Boise St.

3

LSU

4

Florida St.

5

Stanford

6

Wisconsin

7

Nebraska

8

Oklahoma St.

9

Virginia Tech

10

Texas A&M

11

Oregon

12

Arkansas

13

South Carolina

14

Missouri

15

Ohio St.

16

Baylor

17

TCU

18

Michigan St.

19

Florida

20

Michigan

21

Mississippi St.

22

West Virginia

23

Southern Cal

24

Texas

25

 

 

 

 


Team

Rank



Oklahoma

1

Alabama

2

Boise St.

3

LSU

4

Florida St.

5

Stanford

6

Wisconsin

7

Nebraska

8

Oklahoma St.

9

Virginia Tech

10

Texas A&M

11

Oregon

12

Arkansas

13

South Carolina

14

Missouri

15

Ohio St.

16

Baylor

17

TCU

18

Michigan St.

19

Florida

20

Michigan

21

Mississippi St.

22

West Virginia

23

Southern Cal

24

Texas

25


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