College Football BlogPoll, Week 13: SEC West Goes 1-2-3 In Dominant Fashion

They aren't quite No. 1, but Arkansas' standing in the Week 13 BlogPoll suggests that the SEC West is the land where the king of college football roams. Plus, no one agrees on USC, and resume balloting rules everything around the BlogPoll.

LSU sweeps all the first-place votes in the Week 13 BlogPoll, topping all 72 ballots and ranking ahead of No. 2 Alabama by more than a point per blog. But it's the SEC West's separation from the field, from No. 3 Arkansas to No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Oklahoma State, that's the really interesting aspect of this week's voting.

Arkansas is closer to the points per blog of a unanimous No. 4 than a strong No. 3, but the Razorbacks are closer to the Crimson Tide than to the Cardinal, taking a massive 1.94 points per blog advantage on Stanford. Clearly, the BlogPoll voters have a definite idea of what team is the third-best in the nation.

Elsewhere, USC makes its first appearance in the BlogPoll top 15 this season, moving up five spots to No. 13 after upsetting Oregon at Autzen Stadium, and the Ducks join Oklahoma, Clemson, and Nebraska in tumbling after Week 12 losses.

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

Results for Week 13

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 LSU Tigers (72) 25.00 0.00 --
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 23.79 0.60 Arrow_up 1
3 Arkansas Razorbacks 22.40 1.33 Arrow_up 3
4 Stanford Cardinal 20.46 1.95 Arrow_up 4
5 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 20.28 2.42 Arrow_down -3
6 Virginia Tech Hokies 18.49 3.40 Arrow_up 3
7 Boise St. Broncos 17.71 3.39 Arrow_up 4
8 Houston Cougars 17.28 4.66 Arrow_up 2
9 Oregon Ducks 17.17 2.51 Arrow_down -5
10 Michigan St. Spartans 14.33 3.02 Arrow_up 3
11 Oklahoma Sooners 13.67 4.32 Arrow_down -6
12 Georgia Bulldogs 13.47 3.29 --
13 USC Trojans 13.11 6.32 Arrow_up 5
14 Wisconsin Badgers 12.36 3.53 --
15 South Carolina Gamecocks 11.49 3.72 --
16 Kansas St. Wildcats 10.76 2.95 Arrow_up 1
17 Michigan Wolverines 10.13 3.10 Arrow_up 2
18 Clemson Tigers 8.81 3.04 Arrow_down -11
19 TCU Horned Frogs 7.31 3.47 Arrow_up 1
20 Penn St. Nittany Lions 7.14 2.88 Arrow_up 2
21 Baylor Bears 6.35 2.73 Arrow_up 5
22 Nebraska Cornhuskers 3.68 2.35 Arrow_down -6
23 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2.47 2.15 Arrow_up 1
24 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 2.21 2.52 Arrow_up 1
25 Virginia Cavaliers 2.17 1.97 Arrow_up 5
Others Receiving Votes: West Virginia Mountaineers | Arkansas St. Red Wolves | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | Southern Miss. Golden Eagles | Auburn Tigers | Rutgers Scarlet Knights | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Florida St. Seminoles | Missouri Tigers | Northern Illinois Huskies | Texas A&M Aggies | Texas Longhorns | Iowa St. Cyclones | Temple Owls | Toledo Rockets | UAB Blazers
Updated: Nov 23, 2011 9:24 AM EST

Total Ballots: 72

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Wack Ballot Watchdog

Husker Mike's Blasphemy ranked Iowa State after the Cyclones laid Oklahoma State low. The Unbalanced Line ranked 7-4 Temple. Virginia climbed as high as 18th on Track 'Em Tigers' ballot. Some idiot at Alligator Army gave Northern Illinois its first vote of the year since Week 2.

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, Tulane) would all be at the top.

# School Points/blog SD
1 USC Trojans 13.11 6.32
2 Houston Cougars 17.28 4.66
3 Oklahoma Sooners 13.67 4.32
4 South Carolina Gamecocks 11.49 3.72
5 Wisconsin Badgers 12.36 3.53

I've been harping on the problems with ranking USC for what seems like months now, but it bears repeating: USC is a good team that a lot of East Coast voters don't get to pay a lot of attention to, and one that didn't have a signature win until its victory at Oregon in Week 12. Now, after that win, voters still can't agree on the Trojans: they're as high as sixth on five ballots, but also get a No. 25 ranking from Red Cup Rebellion.

Houston, meanwhile, keeps on with the "being undefeated" and "making voters look up their schedule on a weekly basis to see if any of its wins are good" things, and Oklahoma remains a talented team with befuddling losses.

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 3.83
2 NittanyWhiteOut Penn St. Nittany Lions ballot 3.02
3 The Ralphie Report Colorado Buffaloes ballot 2.53
4 Red Cup Rebellion Mississippi Rebels ballot 2.43
5 Let's Go Rockets Toledo Rockets ballot 2.29

This is what happens when Frogs O' War's resume balloting compels SB Nation's TCU blog to rank Virginia Tech third and Michigan State sixth while putting Oklahoma and Clemson in the bottom five teams of its top 25.

# Blog Team Ballot Avg Error
1 Card Chronicle Louisville Cardinals ballot 0.98
2 Tom Fornelli Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot 1.20
3 Tilting at Windmills Oklahoma Sooners ballot 1.34
4 Eleven Warriors Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 1.34
5 Frank the Tank's Slant Illinois Fighting Illini ballot 1.35

Kudos to Card Chronicle for still caring about Louisville football during the Cardinals' awfu... wait, Louisville can make it to the Orange Bowl?

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 5.69
2 BCS Guru USC Trojans ballot 3.89
3 The Key Play Virginia Tech Hokies ballot 3.51
4 Garnet and Black Attack South Carolina Gamecocks ballot 3.51
5 NittanyWhiteOut Penn St. Nittany Lions ballot 1.86

Just when I start to suspect that Frogs O' War's resume balloting may be a convenient way to make me write about them every week, I check out all the votes for TCU and realize that Dan Shanoff has the Horned Frogs sixth. I mean, TCU lost to SMU.

# Blog Team Ballot Bias
1 Corn Nation Nebraska Cornhuskers ballot -3.68
2 The Ciskie Blog Wisconsin Badgers ballot -3.36
3 Tilting at Windmills Oklahoma Sooners ballot -0.67
4 Rock M Nation Missouri Tigers ballot -0.07
5 Let's Go Rockets Toledo Rockets ballot -0.01

I've been writing this for long enough to tell you, without looking, that Corn Nation doesn't have Nebraska ranked (verified), and that The Ciskie Blog probably has Wisconsin No. 19 (okay, No. 17). It is literally impossible to not show up in this category if your team is even receiving votes at this point, though, because Let's Go Rockets didn't rank Toledo, and Toledo got one 25th-place vote, and here they are.

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 180
2 Corn Nation Nebraska Cornhuskers ballot 140
3 Tilting at Windmills Oklahoma Sooners ballot 108
4 Inside The Shoe Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 104
5 Let's Go Rockets Toledo Rockets ballot 96

Something something resume balloting almost always produces swing when you also introduce a caveat that a team that lost in a given week cannot be ranked ahead of the team it fell to something something.

# Blog Team Ballot Swing
1 The Ciskie Blog Wisconsin Badgers ballot 60
2 And The Valley Shook! LSU Tigers ballot 68
3 One Foot Down Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot 70
4 Hog Database Arkansas Razorbacks ballot 72
5 Card Chronicle Louisville Cardinals ballot 78

I don't have a lot to say here, except that I appreciate And The Valley Shook! having a gratuitous exclamation point in its name.

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