Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What a Difference a Month Makes

I don't pretend that Beat Visitor dot com and Protect R Turf have an identical readership, but I think it's safe to assume that we both have a readership that consists mostly of Rutgers football fans. A few days ago I noticed that we had asked our readers almost the same question.
The Protect R Turf question was asked before the Army game and the results were completed before the UConn game on Halloween (a Halloween that will induce nightmares in the little children of Storrs for years to come), when RU had yet to chalk up its first Big East victory. The question was "How many Big East games will Rutgers win?" As you can see from the graphic in the upper left, 2 wins was the winner with 27%, followed by 3, 4, and Zero wins with 24%, 24%,and 16% respectively. 5 wins received only 4% of the meaningless internet polling clicks.

So move forward a couple of games to the sidebar poll that I posted just before the UConn game and which ended earlier today, with the Knights' BE record standing at 2-2. In answer to my similar question, "What will Rutgers' 2009 Big East Record Be?" the results were much less equivocal. Now a full 62% of Beat Visitor readers are sure that the Orange, Cardinals, and Mountaineers will fall like wind-blown dominoes before the mighty Scarlet Knight juggernaut on its way to a 5-2 Big East (and 10-2 overall) record.
What a difference a month makes.

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