College Football BlogPoll, Week 10: LSU, Alabama Will Meet As Top Two Teams

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 22: Kenny Hilliard #27 of the LSU Tigers celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The top four teams remain the same in the Week 10 College Football BlogPoll, with LSU and Alabama set for a No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-up this Saturday.

To no one's surprise, idle LSU and Alabama didn't see their standing diminished in the Week 10 BlogPoll. The SEC leviathans continue on their collision course as the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the BlogPoll, making their hegemony at the top two spots in the Week 10 college football rankings a near-universal agreement, from the BCS standings to the major human polls to some of the most knowledgeable writers in the blogosphere.

The top four all remain the same, too — Oklahoma State and Stanford held their ground with Week 9 wins — but Boise State moves up to fifth, with a procession of one-loss teams behind it. Clemson falls five spots to No. 10 after suffering its first loss of the 2011 college football season.

And way down at the bottom of the poll, Southern Misssissippi makes its 2011 BlogPoll debut, moving from last team outside the top 25 to No. 24.

Here's the full Week 10 BlogPoll, with all the analysis you've come to love.

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

Results for Week 10

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 LSU Tigers (76) 25.11 2.61 --
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (15) 24.41 2.53 --
3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 22.82 2.27 --
4 Stanford Cardinal 22.20 2.21 --
5 Boise St. Broncos 21.32 1.82 Arrow_up 1
6 Oregon Ducks 19.91 1.90 Arrow_up 1
7 Oklahoma Sooners 18.97 1.24 Arrow_up 4
8 Arkansas Razorbacks 17.18 2.02 Arrow_up 1
9 Nebraska Cornhuskers 16.68 1.67 Arrow_up 4
10 Clemson Tigers 15.36 2.16 Arrow_down -5
11 South Carolina Gamecocks 13.92 2.81 Arrow_up 4
12 Virginia Tech Hokies 13.06 2.72 Arrow_up 2
13 Houston Cougars 11.84 4.10 Arrow_up 5
14 Michigan Wolverines 11.43 3.21 Arrow_up 3
15 Penn St. Nittany Lions 10.57 3.47 Arrow_up 4
16 Michigan St. Spartans 10.07 2.37 Arrow_down -6
17 Kansas St. Wildcats 9.87 3.75 Arrow_down -9
18 Wisconsin Badgers 7.99 3.18 Arrow_down -6
19 Georgia Bulldogs 6.79 3.07 Arrow_up 4
20 Arizona St. Sun Devils 6.56 2.82 Arrow_up 2
21 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 4.58 3.04 Arrow_up 9
22 USC Trojans 3.87 3.97 Arrow_down -1
23 Cincinnati Bearcats 3.76 3.50 Arrow_up 1
24 Southern Miss. Golden Eagles 2.26 2.81 Arrow_up 2
25 West Virginia Mountaineers 2.24 2.73 --
Others Receiving Votes: Texas Longhorns | Auburn Tigers | Washington Huskies | Texas A&M Aggies | Ohio St. Buckeyes | TCU Horned Frogs | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | Florida St. Seminoles | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Missouri Tigers | Arkansas St. Red Wolves | Florida Gators | North Carolina Tar Heels | Virginia Cavaliers | Wyoming Cowboys
Updated: Nov 1, 2011 9:51 AM EDT

Total Ballots: 90

Explore votes by team | Explore poll ballots by voter

There are more first-place votes than ballots counted. We know. We're working on it.

Wack Ballot Watchdog

Not a ton of glaring wrongness this week, but Orange::44 ranks Florida 16th. You know, 4-4, scored 47 points in the month of October Florida? Yeah, the Gators are someone's No. 16 team, and that someone's the only BlogPoll voter to rank Florida this week. Congrats, you crazy diamond.

SpartyMSU still has one-loss Oregon ahead of undefeated Boise State, but triples its madness by elevating both a dominant Oklahoma squad and an Arkansas team that struggled with Vanderbilt past the Broncos, too. I ... don't get it.

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, Utah) would all be at the top.

# School Points/blog SD
1 Houston Cougars 11.84 4.10
2 USC Trojans 3.87 3.97
3 Kansas St. Wildcats 9.87 3.75
4 Cincinnati Bearcats 3.76 3.50
5 Penn St. Nittany Lions 10.57 3.47

Houston remains undefeated, but I've had to look up the Cougars' schedule every week to remind myself of who they've downed. That's a good way to foment disagreement, as is losing in triple overtime to one of the nation's best teams. And wondering whether the real Kansas State is the team that gritted out tough wins or the one that got firebombed by Oklahoma is probably fair, too.

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 Black Heart Gold Pants Iowa Hawkeyes ballot 2.63
2 Frogs O' War TCU Horned Frogs ballot 2.56
3 NittanyWhiteOut Penn St. Nittany Lions ballot 2.36
4 The Ralphie Report Colorado Buffaloes ballot 2.31
5 Corn Nation Nebraska Cornhuskers ballot 2.19

IT'S THE REVENGE OF RESUME BALLOTING. This week had four highly ranked teams lose (Clemson, Kansas State, Michigan State, Wisconsin), and those four being primed for big losses in resume voters' eyes probably helped Black Heart Gold Pants and Frogs O' War here.

# Blog Team Ballot Avg Error
1 The Daily Gopher Minnesota Golden Gophers ballot 1.24
2 Tilting at Windmills Oklahoma Sooners ballot 1.33
3 Red Cup Rebellion Mississippi Rebels ballot 1.34
4 Hog Database Arkansas Razorbacks ballot 1.38
5 Inside The Shoe Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 1.40

I'm guessing The Daily Gopher will be on target this week and never again, as a tribute to its Minnesota squad.

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 Frogs O' War TCU Horned Frogs ballot 2.74
2 Garnet and Black Attack South Carolina Gamecocks ballot 2.08
3 Bucky's 5th Quarter Wisconsin Badgers ballot 2.01
4 BCS Guru USC Trojans ballot 1.13
5 Tilting at Windmills Oklahoma Sooners ballot 1.03

Do you find it odd that Frogs O' War's strict resume ballot (with a twist) rewards its own Horned Frogs? Don't: eight ballots had TCU ranked, and SB Nation's TCU bloggers weren't the highest on them. This isn't uncommon when a team that isn't near the consensus top 25 is also on a few voters' lists.

# Blog Team Ballot Bias
1 The Ciskie Blog Wisconsin Badgers ballot -3.99
2 The Key Play Virginia Tech Hokies ballot -2.06
3 Barking Carnival Texas Longhorns ballot -1.77
4 SpartyMSU Michigan St. Spartans ballot -1.07
5 NittanyWhiteOut Penn St. Nittany Lions ballot -0.57

Only seven voters who ranked Wisconsin ranked the Badgers lower than the No. 22 spot The Ciskie Blog gave them.

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 Frogs O' War TCU Horned Frogs ballot 128
2 Garnet and Black Attack South Carolina Gamecocks ballot 126
3 EDSBS Florida Gators ballot 108
4 Tilting at Windmills Oklahoma Sooners ballot 108
5 The Crimson Quarry Indiana Hoosiers ballot 106

It's the "twist" of Frogs O' War's voting philosophy that propels the blog to a neat trifecta this week. Prohibiting a Team A that beat a Team B in the previous week from being ranked behind Team B in its ballot means that Georgia Tech outranks Clemson on Frogs O' War's Week 10 ballot, and, this week, that produces a massive amount of swing.

# Blog Team Ballot Swing
1 Voodoo Five South Florida Bulls ballot 66
2 The Ciskie Blog Wisconsin Badgers ballot 66
3 Barking Carnival Texas Longhorns ballot 66
4 BCS Guru USC Trojans ballot 76
5 Inside The Shoe Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 82

Three-way tie for being unimpressed! Whee!

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