Last fall I created a football poll that tracked the Top 10 teams from what was then affectionately referred to as the non-AQ teams, you know, all those schools outside of the BCS conferences. Mid-Majors, if you will. It was known as the Mid-Major poll, and by all accounts, it was a success.
Fast forward to 2014 and the college football landscape has undergone a facelift. Gone is the BCS. In its place, a shiny, new, gold-plated College Football Playoff. But all is not different beyond the surface. There's still a gap between the haves and the have nots, and in fact, it's grown bigger. The AAC joined the ranks of the have nots, now referred to as the Group of Five (AAC, C-USA, MAC, MWC, Sun Belt, The service academies and BYU). In fact, there's actually less room for these "little guys" than there was before, with only one spot in the CFB Playoff bowls available to a G5 school each year.
So in the spirit of exclusionism, we revamped the Mid-Major Poll and rebranded it as The Underdogs Poll. It's now a top 15, and with voters from all around the SB Nation network, it's more comprehensive than before. Each week the new poll will go up on SB Nation.com. Myself and Keith Scheessele will post our ballots (We're the two voting reps from Hustle Belt) here for transparency's sake.
So without further ado, our ballots:
And here is the final rankings for this week:
|DROPPED OUT: Houston, Bowling Green, Utah State, Fresno State | OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Utah State (44), Tulsa (26), Fresno State (23), Houston (18), Ball State (17), Arkansas State (15), Nevada (13), Louisiana-Monroe (13), Bowling Green (12), UTEP (10), San Jose State (7), Middle Tennessee (6), Ohio (5), Rice (4), Akron (3), Memphis (3), Georgia Southern (2), UAAB (2), Wyoming (2).|
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