Top 2 5 10 15 20
Avg. 1.5 1.67 3.23 3.23 3.6
"=" 1 1 1 1 1
OBO 0 2 2 3 3

(The top 25 column is excluded here since eight teams received votes in the UPI poll, but how many votes does not appear in the final listing, so the average can not be computed since they all "tied" for 21st in that coaches poll, i.e. "21T" is listed for those teams in the UPI poll column "after" the bowl games.)

Table Legend

Rewards standings before the bowl games and after them.

Commentary: Even though Rewards only matched the top team (Oklahoma) in the polls exactly, examining the two standings tables ("before" and "after") illustrates that most teams were in the right range, i.e. most top 10 teams finished in the top 10, those in the second ten finished 11th-20th, etc. Nebraska ended up in the polls in 11th/10th place, but Rewards only ranked them as #20 since they lost three times, and didn't earn any top wins: their best victories were over Oklahoma State (8-4), Colorado (7-5) and Illinois (6-5-1). BYU (11-3) fared likewise, ending up being ranked about 8 places lower by Rewards than in the post bowl polls. Miami(Florida) might have been penalized more heavily by the voters than warranted, after they lost to Tennessee 35-7 in the Sugar Bowl, since they fell from #2/#4 to #9/#8; Rewards determined that their season still merited then the #5 spot as it didn't weight this end of season loss as heavily as the pollsters typically do. Alabama (9-2-1) won a lot of close games, but these performances might not have impressed the voters as much as some more convincing wins would have as Rewards placed them as #8, but they finished as #13/#14 in the polls.

(This page last modified July 02, 2007 .)