BlogPoll Top 25, Week 8: LSU Still On Top; Oklahoma State Moves To No. 5

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 15: Running back Jeremy Smith #31, center, of the Oklahoma State University Cowboys is congratulated by tight end Wilson Youman #86, left, and wide receiver Justin Blackmon #81, right, after running in a second quarter touchdown against the Texas Longhorns on October 15, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Oklahoma State beat Texas 38-26. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Aside from Oklahoma State leaping over Boise State, there is little change atop the Week 8 BlogPoll rankings. But there is tons of movement in the bottom half, where teams like Michigan State, Michigan and Illinois experience huge shifts.

Ruling the top of the BlogPoll is becoming old hat for the team coached by The Hat. LSU has held the top spot for a solid month, and Week 8 is no different. Eat your heart out, BCS: the BlogPoll had LSU No. 1 before SEC play even began.

But LSU's season might come down to a titanic showdown in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers travel to Alabama's stomping grounds in November for a tussle with the Crimson Tide, No. 2 in this week's BlogPoll, that might determine the winner of the SEC and should give the victor the inside track to the BCS National Championship Game.

Elsewhere in the Week 8 BlogPoll, Oklahoma State slides past Boise State and into the top five, Kansas State rises to No. 11, Michigan State soars into the top 15 after a win over Michigan that dropped the Wolverines from the ranks of the unbeaten, Auburn rejoins the BlogPoll, and Washington enters it for the first time.

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

Results for Week 8

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 LSU Tigers (57) 24.58 0.67 --
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (23) 24.08 0.69 --
3 Oklahoma Sooners (6) 23.08 0.82 --
4 Wisconsin Badgers 21.30 1.29 --
5 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 20.23 1.18 Arrow_up 1
6 Boise St. Broncos 19.87 1.44 Arrow_down -1
7 Stanford Cardinal 19.10 1.81 --
8 Clemson Tigers 18.72 2.08 --
9 Oregon Ducks 17.07 1.49 --
10 Arkansas Razorbacks 15.12 3.56 --
11 Kansas St. Wildcats 13.49 3.12 Arrow_up 3
12 Nebraska Cornhuskers 12.41 2.95 Arrow_up 3
13 West Virginia Mountaineers 11.50 3.21 Arrow_up 3
14 Michigan St. Spartans 11.38 2.70 Arrow_up 8
15 Virginia Tech Hokies 10.86 3.02 Arrow_up 4
16 South Carolina Gamecocks 10.01 4.15 Arrow_up 1
17 Michigan Wolverines 7.76 3.07 Arrow_down -6
18 Texas A&M Aggies 6.66 4.46 Arrow_up 6
19 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 6.40 3.03 Arrow_down -7
20 Houston Cougars 5.99 4.14 Arrow_up 1
21 Illinois Fighting Illini 4.44 3.17 Arrow_down -8
22 Auburn Tigers 3.99 3.62 Arrow_up 4
23 Washington Huskies 3.45 2.99 Arrow_up 4
24 Penn St. Nittany Lions 3.34 3.91 Arrow_up 1
25 Arizona St. Sun Devils 2.56 2.85 Arrow_down -7
Others Receiving Votes: Georgia Bulldogs | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | USC Trojans | SMU Mustangs | Cincinnati Bearcats | Texas Longhorns | Rutgers Scarlet Knights | Baylor Bears | Southern Miss. Golden Eagles | Louisiana Ragin Cajuns | Florida Gators | Florida St. Seminoles | North Carolina Tar Heels | Virginia Cavaliers | Ohio St. Buckeyes | Wake Forest Demon Deacons | Temple Owls | South Florida Bulls | TCU Horned Frogs
Updated: Oct 18, 2011 9:30 AM EDT

Total Ballots: 86

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Wack Ballot Watchdog

Crimson and Cream Machine cast the lone vote for Virginia. Mountain West Connection is the only Ohio State believer. Boise State is no lower than the No. 10 spot, where Subway Domer puts it. Tilting at Windmills has Georgia 10th. But no SpartyMSU again makes this section a little less gleefully insane.

Now on to the extracurriculars. First up are the teams which spur the most 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, my Florida) would all be at the top.

# School Points/blog SD
1 Texas A&M Aggies 6.66 4.46
2 South Carolina Gamecocks 10.01 4.15
3 Houston Cougars 5.99 4.14
4 Penn St. Nittany Lions 3.34 3.91
5 Auburn Tigers 3.99 3.62

Texas A&M has two major collapses against top-10 teams and one thrilling throttling of a team that appears to be Robert Griffin III and very little else; who could agree on that? South Carolina, meanwhile, falls into the trap between evaluating a resume and projecting a future sans Marcus Lattimore, while Houston's excellence in obscurity has voters scratching their heads.

Ballot Math

First up are Mr. Bold and Mr. 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.

# Blog Team Ballot Avg Error
1 Tilting at Windmills Oklahoma Sooners ballot 3.48
2 Black Heart Gold Pants Iowa Hawkeyes ballot 3.32
3 Let's Go Rockets Toledo Rockets ballot 2.32
4 One Foot Down Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot 2.19
5 Tom Fornelli Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot 2.11

Resume balloting's hegemony in this category is gone, and unlikely to come back. At this point in the season, it's easier to be divergent from the conventional wisdom by just sort of throwing things together (like, uh, Georgia at No. 12) than by grading teams strictly based on the accomplishments of their seasons.

# Blog Team Ballot Avg Error
1 Frank the Tank's Slant Illinois Fighting Illini ballot 1.12
2 The Key Play Virginia Tech Hokies ballot 1.15
3 OverThePylon Ball St. Cardinals ballot 1.28
4 Baltimore Sports Report Maryland Terrapins ballot 1.30
5 Inside The Shoe Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 1.31

Honestly, ol' Frank's ballot is just boring.

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.

# Blog Team Ballot Bias
1 Hog Database Arkansas Razorbacks ballot 1.88
2 The Ciskie Blog Wisconsin Badgers ballot 1.70
3 One Foot Down Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot 1.38
4 The Key Play Virginia Tech Hokies ballot 1.14
5 Tilting at Windmills Oklahoma Sooners ballot 0.92

Hog Database has been in this group seemingly every week, and having Arkansas ninth when the Razorbacks appear to be on the outside of a consensus top nine isn't going to help matters.

# Blog Team Ballot Bias
1 Tom Fornelli Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot -1.62
2 Barking Carnival Texas Longhorns ballot -0.41
3 Corn Nation Nebraska Cornhuskers ballot -0.41
4 SB Nation Atlanta Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ballot -0.40
5 Eleven Warriors Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot -0.03

Fornelli didn't rank Notre Dame, and though the Irish were technically No. 27 in this week's poll, they got 1.62 points per ballot. Straight Bangin' Rule No. 1: leaving your possibly ranked team off your ballot will get you a victory in this category more often than not.

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.

# Blog Team Ballot Swing
1 Black Heart Gold Pants Iowa Hawkeyes ballot 160
2 Tilting at Windmills Oklahoma Sooners ballot 128
3 Inside The Shoe Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 94
4 Eleven Warriors Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 92
5 Voodoo Five South Florida Bulls ballot 92

Swing is the place where resume balloting could still dominate, and this week, Black Heart Gold Pants corrected for losses by Michigan, Illinois, and Georgia Tech by dropping each team at least 11 spots. Most other blogs didn't have those teams as high as BHGP did, and didn't drop them as far; ergo, BHGP takes this win in a walk.

# Blog Team Ballot Swing
1 Bucky's 5th Quarter Wisconsin Badgers ballot 58
2 Red Cup Rebellion Mississippi Rebels ballot 60
3 The Ciskie Blog Wisconsin Badgers ballot 70
4 Let's Go Rockets Toledo Rockets ballot 70
5 Barking Carnival Texas Longhorns ballot 70

Bucky's 5th Quarter's top 10 remained entirely the same, and its biggest change was dropping previously undefeated Georgia Tech out of the top 25. I'll assume Red Cup Rebellion is just so numbed by Mississippi's disastrous season that it didn't realize Georgia Tech lost before elevating the Yellow Jackets two spots.

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