BlogPoll Top 25, Week 9: LSU, Alabama Maintain Dominance

LSU and Alabama will head into their November showdown as the top two teams in the BlogPoll. And no one else is even close.

LSU takes the top spot in the Week 9 BlogPoll, racking up 74 first-place votes. This marks more than a month on top for the Tigers, but it's the first time they've received more than the maximum 25 points per blog. (There's the something wrong with the BlogPoll this week, we know about it, we don't have reliable standard deviation numbers this week because of it, and we apologize.)

Right behind LSU is Alabama, which claims 12 first-place votes. Oklahoma State, Stanford, and Clemson round out the top five, and Boise State is a close sixth, concluding a tier of four unbeaten teams that is clearly stalking the SEC titans.

Elsewhere, previously unbeaten Oklahoma and Wisconsin tumble out of the top 10, each falling eight spots, while Penn State rejoins the top 20, USC rejoins the top 25, and West Virginia just barely hangs on to the No. 25 spot.

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

Results for Week 9

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 LSU Tigers (74) 25.44 3.86 --
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (12) 24.65 3.73 --
3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 22.65 3.28 Arrow_up 2
4 Stanford Cardinal 22.20 3.18 Arrow_up 3
5 Clemson Tigers 21.25 2.84 Arrow_up 3
6 Boise St. Broncos 21.12 2.66 --
7 Oregon Ducks 19.13 2.53 Arrow_up 2
8 Kansas St. Wildcats 17.02 0.96 Arrow_up 3
9 Arkansas Razorbacks 16.69 1.35 Arrow_up 1
10 Michigan St. Spartans 16.33 1.89 Arrow_up 4
11 Oklahoma Sooners 15.44 0.85 Arrow_down -8
12 Wisconsin Badgers 14.67 1.50 Arrow_down -8
13 Nebraska Cornhuskers 12.32 2.69 Arrow_down -1
14 Virginia Tech Hokies 11.74 2.33 Arrow_up 1
15 South Carolina Gamecocks 10.85 2.94 Arrow_up 1
16 Texas A&M Aggies 8.89 3.22 Arrow_up 2
17 Michigan Wolverines 8.50 2.00 --
18 Houston Cougars 8.45 3.81 Arrow_up 2
19 Penn St. Nittany Lions 6.70 3.15 Arrow_up 5
20 Texas Tech Red Raiders 5.42 3.40 --
21 USC Trojans 5.07 3.63 Arrow_up 7
22 Arizona St. Sun Devils 4.89 3.12 Arrow_up 3
23 Georgia Bulldogs 3.63 2.73 Arrow_up 3
24 Cincinnati Bearcats 2.86 2.68 Arrow_up 6
25 West Virginia Mountaineers 1.25 2.02 Arrow_down -12
Others Receiving Votes: Southern Miss. Golden Eagles | Texas Longhorns | Auburn Tigers | Baylor Bears | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets | Syracuse Orange | Florida St. Seminoles | Washington Huskies | Miami Hurricanes | Illinois Fighting Illini | TCU Horned Frogs | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | SMU Mustangs | Florida Gators | Iowa Hawkeyes | Wake Forest Demon Deacons | BYU Cougars | Louisiana Ragin Cajuns | Arkansas St. Red Wolves
Updated: Oct 25, 2011 9:02 AM EDT

Total Ballots: 84

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Wack Ballot Watchdog

Crazier: somehow getting 86 first-place votes out of 84 ballots, or ranking LSU third behind Alabama and Boise State, as Red and Black Attack did?

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 Frogs O' War TCU Horned Frogs ballot 2.80
2 EDSBS Florida Gators ballot 2.15
3 Garnet and Black Attack South Carolina Gamecocks ballot 2.06
4 The Ralphie Report Colorado Buffaloes ballot 1.97
5 SpartyMSU Michigan St. Spartans ballot 1.95

I find it heartening that we have an array of approaches here: Frogs O' War keeps on with the resume balloting and penalizes Wisconsin (No. 19!) and Oklahoma (No. 14!); EDSBS' Spencer Hall has Clemson third and Nebraska 21st and USC and Cincinnati in the top 20; and SpartyMSU returns from a two-week hiatus to come up with Oregon and Kansas State slotting in ahead of Clemson and Boise State.

# Blog Team Ballot Avg Error
1 Red Cup Rebellion Mississippi Rebels ballot 0.83
2 OverThePylon Ball St. Cardinals ballot 1.04
3 Baltimore Sports Report Maryland Terrapins ballot 1.08
4 Hog Database Arkansas Razorbacks ballot 1.16
5 The Ciskie Blog Wisconsin Badgers ballot 1.19

Scoring under 1.00 in this category is a damn fine achievement, so congrats, Red Cup Rebellion.

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 BCS Guru USC Trojans ballot 4.93
2 Bucky's 5th Quarter Wisconsin Badgers ballot 3.33
3 Hog Database Arkansas Razorbacks ballot 1.31
4 Frogs O' War TCU Horned Frogs ballot 0.85
5 Pistols Firing Oklahoma St. Cowboys ballot 0.35

Your team beats Notre Dame by two touchdowns despite a fluky fumble return for a touchdown, and you elevate that team; BCS Guru's deal, here, is that it had USC No. 18 last week, before the Trojans were even in the top 25, and now has them even higher at No. 16. That'll look like bias, yeah.

And can you blame Bucky's 5th Quarter for keeping Wisconsin in the top 10? Our Wisconsin blog even moved Michigan State into the top 10 ... one spot behind the Badgers.

# Blog Team Ballot Bias
1 Tilting at Windmills Oklahoma Sooners ballot -2.44
2 SpartyMSU Michigan St. Spartans ballot -1.33
3 Barking Carnival Texas Longhorns ballot -0.87
4 Garnet and Black Attack South Carolina Gamecocks ballot -0.85
5 NittanyWhiteOut Penn St. Nittany Lions ballot -0.70

Tilting at Windmills is so down on its Sooners, they dropped from No. 2 to No. 13 in a week, and fell behind Houston (best win: UCLA, I guess?).

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 Tilting at Windmills Oklahoma Sooners ballot 160
2 One Foot Down Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot 124
3 Red Cup Rebellion Mississippi Rebels ballot 118
4 Garnet and Black Attack South Carolina Gamecocks ballot 106
5 Baltimore Sports Report Maryland Terrapins ballot 102

Oklahoma's fall shakes things up for our winner, as does Notre Dame's for our runner-up. Being bullish or bearish on your own team and having to correct for it helps out in Swing; that's why I enjoy being a Florida fan, and NEVER HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT RANKINGS GET WELL SOON JOHN BRANTLEY.

# Blog Team Ballot Swing
1 Bucky's 5th Quarter Wisconsin Badgers ballot 72
2 OverThePylon Ball St. Cardinals ballot 76
3 Hog Database Arkansas Razorbacks ballot 76
4 Eleven Warriors Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 80
5 The Ciskie Blog Wisconsin Badgers ballot 84

The presence of two Wisconsin blogs suggests that there might be some Bucky fans clinging to an image of a season that is no longer possible.

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