Alabama's escape against LSU kept the BlogPoll's No. 1 team from losing its spot atop the blogosphere's rankings of the best teams in college football; in fact, it may have solidified the Tide's hold on that spot. But the big news this week is that Oregon slips past Kansas State for the No. 2 rung on the ladder.
Oregon beat USC, 62-51, with a dazzling offensive display, while Kansas State notched its fourth win over a ranked team in 2012 by knocking off Oklahoma State, and BlogPoll voters flipped the spots held by the Ducks and Wildcats from last week's poll, with K-State earning six fewer first-place votes despite seven more ballots being submitted.
Oregon leads Kansas State by .19 points per ballot, a smaller margin than the .32 points per ballot Bill Snyder's bunch had on Chip Kelly's last week.
Notre Dame and Georgia round out the top five, with the Bulldogs moving up to the spot LSU occupied before losing at night in Death Valley for just the second time under Les Miles. Florida, Ohio State, Florida State, LSU, and Clemson finish out the top 20.
Elsewhere: Undefeated Louisville still can't get love, landing at No. 11; Louisiana Tech creeps into the top 20 at No. 19; Toledo earns what may be its first BlogPoll ranking at No. 22; and Northwestern, with its best win coming against either Minnesota or Vanderbilt, takes the No. 25 position.
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In the not actually wack segment: The two first-place votes for Oregon come from Good Bull Hunting and Cowboy Altitude, two blogs that have been in Oregon's corner for some time; the first-place votes for Kansas State are from Team Speed Kills and Tomahawk Nation and Frogs O' War, among others, and have shifted to the 'Cats over the past month or so. Oregon's been around; K-State's built its house on First Place Lane.
The Ohio State first-place vote belongs to OBNUG, which is using "greatest distance from the mole people" as its tiebreaker this week. No other blog has the Buckeyes higher than fourth; no other blog has Alabama lower than second (OBNUG has the Tide third), and no other blog has Kansas State as low as OBNUG's sixth. Most grievously: No one else has Northern Illinois as high as OBNUG's fifth.
But while having Ohio State first makes little sense, having the Buckeyes 17th, as both Frogs O' War and The Smoking Musket do, makes even less.
One of the really interesting votes this week: Black Heart Gold Pants' No. 12 spot for Florida, which has beaten the No. 9 (Texas A&M) and No. 10 (LSU) teams in its ballot, not to mention the No. 13 team. The Gators are only lower on one ballot, belonging to Crimson and Cream Machine, and for them to be No. 12 on a strict resume ballot is illogical, which BHGP acknowledges.
Now on to the extracurriculars. First up are the teams which spur the most and least disagreement between voters as measured by standard deviation. Note that the standard deviation charts halt at No. 25 when looking for the lowest, otherwise teams that everyone agreed were terrible (say, FIU) would all be at the top.
|1||Ohio St. Buckeyes (1)||17.72||6.03|
|3||Louisiana Tech Bulldogs||5.80||3.69|
Ohio State's perennial spot on top of this category has a lot to do with that OBNUG ballot's weekly first-place vote, but taking that No. 1 vote away would probably not knock the Buckeyes off the podium here; there's just too much disagreement about what to make of a very good Big Ten team this year as the conference ebbs.
Louisville and Louisiana Tech face a similar question: do you rank a team based on the number of wins or their quality? USC's quandary is whether voters are rating based on substantial talent or subpar results.
First up are The Chip Kelly Award for Boldness and Jim Tressel's Numb Existence. The former goes to the voter with the ballot most divergent from the poll at large. The number you see is the average difference between a person's opinion of a team and the poll's opinion.
|1||Black Heart Gold Pants||Iowa Hawkeyes||ballot||3.01|
|2||The Champaign Room||Illinois Fighting Illini||ballot||2.91|
|3||State Of The U||Miami Hurricanes||ballot||2.26|
|4||Maize n Brew||Michigan Wolverines||ballot||2.07|
|5||The Daily Gopher||Minnesota Golden Gophers||ballot||2.02|
In addition to ranking Florida No. 12, BHGP ranked Oklahoma No. 6 and ranked both Penn State and Utah State. I don't get it.
State of The U has Notre Dame No. 6 and Miami ranked, which is just adorable.
|1||Bucky's 5th Quarter||Wisconsin Badgers||ballot||1.05|
|2||Eleven Warriors||Ohio St. Buckeyes||ballot||1.11|
|3||Red and Black Attack||Northern Illinois Huskies||ballot||1.17|
|4||Sippin on Purple||Northwestern Wildcats||ballot||1.32|
|5||The Crimson Quarry||Indiana Hoosiers||ballot||1.34|
Our friends at B5Q and our friends at 11W are really in a tight race for whatever award I give out to the most boring ballot, week after week. Maybe I'll mail the winner a piece of tree bark!
Next we have the Coulter/Kos Award and the Straight Bangin' Award, which are again different sides of the same coin. The CKA and SBA go to the blogs with the highest and lowest bias rating, respectively. Bias rating is calculated by subtracting the blogger's vote for his own team from the poll-wide average. A high number indicates you are shameless homer. A low number indicates that you suffer from an abusive relationship with your football team.
|1||Eleven Warriors||Ohio St. Buckeyes||ballot||4.28|
|2||Corn Nation||Nebraska Cornhuskers||ballot||3.63|
|3||Let's Go Rockets||Toledo Rockets||ballot||3.06|
|4||Garnet and Black Attack||South Carolina Gamecocks||ballot||2.43|
|5||Burnt Orange Nation||Texas Longhorns||ballot||2.36|
Apart from the No. 1 vote from OBNUG, 11W's vote for Ohio State at No. 4 is
insane the highest spot the Buckeyes occupy. We're all aware that Ohio State's only wins over ranked teams came against Michigan State and Nebraska, right? I'm not the only person who thinks that Ohio State's getting the love Louisville isn't because of its name and name-brand coach?
|1||BCS Guru||USC Trojans||ballot||-3.41|
|2||Sippin on Purple||Northwestern Wildcats||ballot||-1.11|
|3||Frogs O' War||TCU Horned Frogs||ballot||-0.72|
|4||Pistols Firing||Oklahoma St. Cowboys||ballot||-0.57|
|5||Maize n Brew||Michigan Wolverines||ballot||-0.47|
BCS Guru has USC No. 25, both down nine spots and well below the Trojans' 4.41 points per ballot and the No. 21 spot that is USC's mode* this week. Between this and the 11W win in C/K, the lesson is that a good way to win bias categories is to feel strongly about a team no one can make heads or tails of. (*Fancy statistics term.)
Swing is the total change in each ballot from last week to this week (obviously voters who didn't submit a ballot last week are not included). A high number means you are easily distracted by shiny things. A low number means that you're damn sure you're right no matter what reality says.
|1||Maize n Brew||Michigan Wolverines||ballot||116|
|2||Frogs O' War||TCU Horned Frogs||ballot||98|
|3||Corn Nation||Nebraska Cornhuskers||ballot||96|
|4||The Champaign Room||Illinois Fighting Illini||ballot||90|
|5||Let's Go Rockets||Toledo Rockets||ballot||78|
Maize n Brew got on a high horse about Georgia moving ahead of Florida with just one good win last week ... then moved the Gators up and the Dawgs down despite one team looking good this past weekend and one continually rediscovering offense as if it were fire. MnB also dropped seven teams out of its top 25 entirely, usually a sound strategy for winning Swing.
|1||The Crimson Quarry||Indiana Hoosiers||ballot||44|
|2||Burnt Orange Nation||Texas Longhorns||ballot||54|
|3||The Daily Gopher||Minnesota Golden Gophers||ballot||58|
|4||Barking Carnival||Texas Longhorns||ballot||58|
|5||BC Interruption||Boston College Eagles||ballot||60|
Our Indiana blog moved no team more than five spots.
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