The final polls have been announced, and the Utah Utes made a big jump to No. 2 in the AP poll, which means a few things about the process.
There are three possible reasons why Utah was voted as high as they were: The Utes dominated a team that was number one for five weeks of the year, the grassroots program of Utah fans emailing pollsters to vote Utah number one had an effect, or it could be that pollsters are ticked off at the system and voted Utah number one in spite.
Going by the system in place, Utah deserved the national title or at least a shot. Now that does not actually mean that Utah is better than USC, Florida, Oklahoma, or Texas; we will never know. The system is supposed to reward teams who go undefeated—well, unless you come from the little conferences and are not a member of the fraternity known as Gold Platinum and Cash, aka the BCS.
There were 16 voters that did vote Utah number one. Below is how the voters voted for Utah, and you can click on their name to see where they are from and how they voted overall. The voter ranking is separated by tiers from 1-5.
Bob Hammond 1 Doug Lesmerises 1 Jake Schaller 1 Jason Franchuk 1 Jim Lamar 1 Joseph Duarte 1 Kevin Pearson 1 Mark Anderson 1 Mike Hlas 1 Mike Strain 1 Mitch Vingle 1 Randy Harrison 1 Scott Wolf 1 Steve Conroy 1 Tom Hart 1 Tom Keegan 1
Adam Van Brimmer 2 Anthony Gimino 2 Ferd Lewis 2 Jeff White 2 Joe Giglio 2 Jon Johnson 2 Kent Taylor 2 Mike Ceide 2 Mike DeArmond 2 Molly Yanity 2 Myron Patton 2 Pete DiPrimio 2 Ray Ratto 2 Tom Mulhern 2 Tom Murphy 2
Barker Davis 3 Bret Bloomquist 3 Jim Mashek 3 Jimmy Burch 3 Joe Rexrode 3 John Heuser 3 Jon Wilner 3 Kirk Bohls 3 Marcus Fuller 3 Mark Tupper 3 Matt McCoy 3 Maurice Patton 3 Mike Prater 3 Randy Rosetta 3 Ray Fittipaldo 3 Sal Interdonato 3 Steve Sipple 3 Taylor Zarzour 3
These voters who did not vote Utah number one can no longer complain about how the system is not fair, so no more TV appearances, radio interviews, and articles about how the BCS is unfair. Keep note, you 49 voters who did not vote Utah number one—we will keep track of your articles and outlets.
Actually, that number can be lowered to 46 since ESPN has the BCS starting next year. Do not look for complaints from Kirk Herbstreit, Craig James, and Chris Fowler.