Commentary: Even though the table above illustrates that Rewards came up with the "same ranking" as the polls for a reasonable number of teams, the average difference is slightly below the average for all the years from 1990-2005. Wisconsin ended up ranked #2 by Rewards, instead of Ohio State, mainly because they both defeated roughly the same Big 10 teams, but Wisconsin's best win (over 10-2 UCLA) appeared to be a stronger win than Ohio State's best victory (over 11-3 Texas A&M) by the algorithm employed by the Rewards system. Kansas State also ended up a couple places higher than in the polls probably because they lost their final two games, and this end of season trend is usually looked down upon by the humans casting their votes, especially since the second loss was to then 8-4 Purdue. The only other teams with relatively large disagreements were Miami (F), Arkansas, and Virginia Tech, all three of which were only about five places from their poll rankings in the order generated by the Rewards system.
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