(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.)
Commentary: Rewards agreed exactly with both polls in regards to who the top 5 teams were at the end of this season, and the next five teams in the polls included: another match with the system; one that was off by a half position (see Table Legend page above); and the three others that were ranked by this system only one position away from their final position in the polls (after all the bowl games were completed). In fact, since 1970, this year matched the polls more closely than any other year, and some of the averages in the table above were almost half the second lowest averages in that 30+ year span; matching 11 "exactly" is two better than the next best, and 16 out of the top 20 teams being less than 2 positions "off" is more than two higher that the next closest year. The top 20 average would've also been under 1.0 if Texas were excluded. Texas, at 7-5, was ranked 20th "overall" - 21st in the AP, and 19th in the UPI - but only 37th by Rewards. The "pollsters" probably elevated them significantly since they defeated then 8-3 Pittsburgh in the Bluebonnet Bowl, almost ensuring that they would finish higher than Pittsburgh (which was #23 in the AP, and tied for "21st" - as defined to the right of the table above - in the UPI final polls).
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