Top 2 5 10 15 20
Avg. 0.5 0.8 1.55 2.46 3.75
"=" 1 2 3 4 5
OBO 1 3 5 6 6

(The top 25 column is excluded here since seven 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: Rewards came close to almost matching the top five entirely, and 8 of Reward's top 10 teams were either "exactly the same" as where they were placed in the polls (3), or were only "off by one" (5). Rewards did have Washington ranked roughly six places higher than where they finished in the polls, and vice versa for Ohio State, Baylor and Iowa: the Huskies did defeat the Buckeyes, and tied top 15 UCLA, whereas Baylor's second best win was only over 7-5 Texas Tech, so perhaps the voters were influenced more by margin of victory and wins later in the season (and in bowl games), than perhaps those contests should merit.

(This page last modified April 25, 2007 .)