BlogPoll, Week 15: BCS Rankings Reversed As Oklahoma State, Not Alabama, Is No. 2

STILLWATER, OK - DECEMBER 03: Brandon Weeden #3 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys hugs his wife, Melanie Weeden after a 44-10 win against the Oklahoma Sooners at Boone Pickens Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The BCS rankings may have Alabama No. 2, but the BlogPoll disagrees, putting Oklahoma State second and ahead of the Crimson Tide.

The final BlogPoll of the 2011 college football regular season disagrees with the final BCS rankings: while Alabama is headed to New Orleans to play LSU for the BCS National Championship as the BCS' No. 2 team, the coterie of bloggers that comprises the 2011 BlogPoll crew has Oklahoma State second after unbeaten LSU, and slides Alabama down to third.

The top of the Week 15 BlogPoll doesn't have nearly as much carnage as everything below it. After blowout losses in conference championship games, Georgia, Virginia Tech, and Houston all plummet, while Oklahoma's lopsided loss to Oklahoma State earns the Sooners their own descent.

And with Heisman front-runner Robert Griffin III at the controls, Baylor rises to No. 14 in the BlogPoll, its first top-15 ranking of the season and possibly the first in the program's history.

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

Results for Week 15

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 LSU Tigers (60) 25.00 0.00 --
2 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 23.50 0.70 Arrow_up 1
3 Alabama Crimson Tide 23.15 1.14 Arrow_down -1
4 Stanford Cardinal 21.52 1.01 --
5 Oregon Ducks 20.55 1.18 Arrow_up 3
6 Boise St. Broncos 18.40 3.31 Arrow_up 1
7 Arkansas Razorbacks 17.92 2.96 Arrow_up 2
8 Wisconsin Badgers 17.92 1.78 Arrow_up 6
9 USC Trojans 15.07 7.38 Arrow_up 4
10 South Carolina Gamecocks 14.30 3.80 Arrow_up 5
11 Kansas St. Wildcats 14.27 2.72 Arrow_up 5
12 Michigan Wolverines 13.03 2.68 Arrow_up 5
13 Michigan St. Spartans 12.57 3.56 Arrow_down -2
14 Baylor Bears 11.13 2.85 Arrow_up 5
15 Clemson Tigers 10.55 3.37 Arrow_up 6
16 TCU Horned Frogs 10.13 3.64 Arrow_up 2
17 Georgia Bulldogs 9.90 3.93 Arrow_down -5
18 Virginia Tech Hokies 9.42 3.70 Arrow_down -13
19 Oklahoma Sooners 8.58 4.06 Arrow_down -9
20 Houston Cougars 6.65 4.30 Arrow_down -14
21 Nebraska Cornhuskers 6.17 2.31 Arrow_down -1
22 Southern Miss. Golden Eagles 4.87 2.26 Arrow_up 2
23 West Virginia Mountaineers 3.45 1.96 Arrow_down -1
24 Penn St. Nittany Lions 2.92 2.66 Arrow_down -1
25 Florida St. Seminoles 0.85 1.46 --
Others Receiving Votes: Cincinnati Bearcats | Arkansas St. Red Wolves | Northern Illinois Huskies | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | Texas Longhorns | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Missouri Tigers | Auburn Tigers | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets | Louisville Cardinals | Virginia Cavaliers | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | BYU Cougars | Texas A&M Aggies | California Golden Bears | Western Kentucky Hilltoppers | Ohio Bobcats
Updated: Dec 7, 2011 9:17 AM EST

Total Ballots: 60

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Wack Ballot Watchdog

Usually, I use this space to try to figure out who did what completely wrong. Today, I use it praise for ballots with teams outside the conventional wisdom: Linebacker U's vote for Ohio, One Foot Down's faith in Louisville, Bearcats Blog's respect for Western Kentucky, and The Ralphie Report's ranking of California.

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, Florida) would all be at the top.

# School Points/blog SD
1 USC Trojans 15.07 7.38
2 Houston Cougars 6.65 4.30
3 Oklahoma Sooners 8.58 4.06
4 Georgia Bulldogs 9.90 3.93
5 South Carolina Gamecocks 14.30 3.80

I shouldn't have to tell you at this point that there's a lack of consensus on USC, thanks to the Troans' diminished visibility in the post-sanctions era. But I will say that it's surprising that USC still tops this category, and the standard deviations it records are only getting bigger.

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 NittanyWhiteOut Penn St. Nittany Lions ballot 2.99
2 Crimson and Cream Machine Oklahoma Sooners ballot 2.87
3 DanShanoff.com Florida Gators ballot 2.68
4 Subway Domer Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot 2.43
5 In The Bleachers North Carolina Tar Heels ballot 2.42

NittanyWhiteOut has Alabama seventh; Crimson and Cream Machine has Georgia seventh; Dan Shanoff's ballot has TCU fourth (!).

# Blog Team Ballot Avg Error
1 Card Chronicle Louisville Cardinals ballot 1.29
2 Frank the Tank's Slant Illinois Fighting Illini ballot 1.40
3 SOX & Dawgs Connecticut Huskies ballot 1.47
4 Bucky's 5th Quarter Wisconsin Badgers ballot 1.48
5 Lake The Posts Northwestern Wildcats ballot 1.51

Card Chronicle's most aberrational move is ... well, I don't see one.

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 Subway Domer Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot 3.75
2 Crimson and Cream Machine Oklahoma Sooners ballot 3.42
3 NittanyWhiteOut Penn St. Nittany Lions ballot 2.08
4 Corn Nation Nebraska Cornhuskers ballot 1.83
5 Smoking Musket West Virginia Mountaineers ballot 1.55

Moving Notre Dame up will, indeed, help win this award for Subway Domer.

# Blog Team Ballot Bias
1 Dawg Sports Georgia Bulldogs ballot -3.90
2 Braves & Birds Georgia Bulldogs ballot -1.90
3 Dr. Saturday Southern Miss. Golden Eagles ballot -1.87
4 Bucky's 5th Quarter Wisconsin Badgers ballot -0.92
5 Card Chronicle Louisville Cardinals ballot -0.05

Dawg Sports dropped Georgia 12 spots, Braves & Birds just six; either way, sending the Bulldogs sliding after losing to the best team in the country in everyone's eyes was enough to carry the day in this category this week.

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 Dawg Sports Georgia Bulldogs ballot 110
2 Braves & Birds Georgia Bulldogs ballot 106
3 Bucky's 5th Quarter Wisconsin Badgers ballot 106
4 Block U Utah Utes ballot 102
5 The Unbalanced Line Army Black Knights ballot 102

And dropping Georgia was also a way to produce massive swing.

# Blog Team Ballot Swing
1 Falcon Blog Bowling Green Falcons ballot 48
2 Rocky Top Talk Tennessee Volunteers ballot 64
3 In The Bleachers North Carolina Tar Heels ballot 74
4 Dr. Saturday Southern Miss. Golden Eagles ballot 76
5 Let's Go Rockets Toledo Rockets ballot 78

Falcon Blog adjusted two teams in its top nine, dropped no team more than seven spots, and kept the composition of its top 25 the same. That's great consistency.

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