College Football Rankings: Alabama Rises To No. 1 In Week 3 BlogPoll

The Crimson Tide ride a win over Penn State back to the top spot in the Week 3 BlogPoll.

One week after elevating LSU to the No. 1 ranking for its season-opening win over Oregon, the BlogPoll is once more rolling with Alabama at its top team. The Tide, who were also the preseason BlogPoll No. 1, picked up fewer first-place votes than LSU, but had a strong enough consensus at the top to get past the Tigers and claim pole position in the Week 3 BlogPoll. Oklahoma, No. 1 in the AP Poll and USA Today coaches poll this week, takes a lower perch in this realm of the college football rankings, settling for No. 3.

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

Results for Week 3

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Alabama Crimson Tide (19) 23.86 1.00 Arrow_up 2
2 LSU Tigers (33) 23.82 1.97 Arrow_down -1
3 Oklahoma Sooners (18) 22.93 2.52 Arrow_down -1
4 Boise St. Broncos (1) 21.37 3.07 --
5 Stanford Cardinal (1) 19.22 3.44 --
6 Florida St. Seminoles (1) 19.10 3.42 --
7 Wisconsin Badgers 19.08 2.49 --
8 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 16.34 4.00 Arrow_up 3
9 Texas A&M Aggies 15.52 4.02 Arrow_down -1
10 South Carolina Gamecocks 14.59 3.57 Arrow_up 2
11 Nebraska Cornhuskers 14.48 4.15 Arrow_down -2
12 Arkansas Razorbacks 13.37 3.73 Arrow_up 1
13 Oregon Ducks 13.26 4.89 Arrow_up 1
14 Virginia Tech Hokies 13.18 3.13 Arrow_down -4
15 Michigan St. Spartans 9.16 4.48 Arrow_up 2
16 Florida Gators 8.26 4.88 Arrow_up 3
17 Ohio St. Buckeyes 6.75 4.05 Arrow_down -2
18 West Virginia Mountaineers 6.60 3.25 Arrow_up 2
19 South Florida Bulls 6.38 4.46 Arrow_up 2
20 Baylor Bears 6.34 4.71 Arrow_down -2
21 Arizona St. Sun Devils 5.79 4.20 Arrow_up 5
22 Auburn Tigers 4.89 4.16 Arrow_up 11
23 Texas Longhorns 2.84 3.36 Arrow_up 2
24 USC Trojans 2.52 3.42 Arrow_up 6
25 Michigan Wolverines 2.15 3.92 Arrow_up 7
Others Receiving Votes: TCU Horned Frogs | Houston Cougars | Mississippi St. Bulldogs | Central Florida Knights | Tennessee Volunteers | Missouri Tigers | Pittsburgh Panthers | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets | California Golden Bears | Illinois Fighting Illini | Washington St. Cougars | Maryland Terrapins | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Clemson Tigers | Northwestern Wildcats | Fla. International Golden Panthers | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Temple Owls | Georgia Bulldogs | Utah Utes | Iowa Hawkeyes | Ohio Bobcats | North Carolina Tar Heels | BYU Cougars | Bowling Green Falcons | Iowa St. Cyclones | Kansas Jayhawks | Southern Miss. Golden Eagles | Kentucky Wildcats | East Carolina Pirates | Navy Midshipmen
Updated: Sep 12, 2011 9:27 AM EDT

Total Ballots: 73

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Wack Ballot Watchdog

Someone ranked Iowa 13th, two spots ahead of Pitt. (Iowa State, which beat Iowa in triple overtime on Saturday, got ranked at 22nd and 25th.)

The MGoBlog ballot isn't "wack," per se, but keeping Stanford No. 1 after the Cardinal took a while to put away Duke but dinging Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and others for "shaky performances against mediocre competition" while Alabama added a road win over a ranked team? Brian Cook's the lone believer in the Cardinal as the nation's top team.

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, Akron) would all be at the top.

# School Points/blog SD
1 Oregon Ducks 13.26 4.89
2 Florida Gators 8.26 4.88
3 Baylor Bears 6.34 4.71
4 Michigan St. Spartans 9.16 4.48
5 South Florida Bulls 6.38 4.46

Again, I am unsurprised that there is a lack of consensus on those two teams at the top. A depleted Oregon squad fumbled itself into oblivion against LSU, then carpet-bombed Nevada; Florida's defense has given up three points in two games, but its opponents literally haven't scored on any other team, either.

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 8.30
2 Frogs O' War TCU Horned Frogs ballot 7.48
3 Eye On CFB Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot 3.43
4 SB Nation Atlanta Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ballot 3.17
5 The Crimson Quarry Indiana Hoosiers ballot 2.75

Resume balloting strikes again! BHGP slots Florida State No. 1 and Florida No. 2, then gets really crazy with Illinois at No. 4, while Frogs O' War's ballot has Michigan No. 4 and Florida International No. 14.

# Blog Team Ballot Avg Error
1 Addicted To Quack Oregon Ducks ballot 1.34
2 Eleven Warriors Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 1.46
3 Baltimore Sports Report Maryland Terrapins ballot 1.57
4 Inside The Shoe Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 1.57
5 Frank the Tank's Slant Illinois Fighting Illini ballot 1.71

Toe that party line, Addicted to Quack. You don't know the powers the BlogPoll has over Mike Pereira.

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 Addicted To Quack Oregon Ducks ballot 3.74
2 Eleven Warriors Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 3.25
3 Barking Carnival Texas Longhorns ballot 3.16
4 Pistols Firing Oklahoma St. Cowboys ballot 2.66
5 Voodoo Five South Florida Bulls ballot 2.62

It's pretty impressive that ATQ can have both the most central ballot and one that may overrate Oregon, but the Ducks are only No. 9 and actually dropped a spot in ATQ's rankings, so this isn't the world's worst Coulter/Kos win. And my own personal ballot has Oregon eighth, so I don't necessarily think they're wrong about the Ducks.

Also: HI OHIO STATE BLOG.

# Blog Team Ballot Bias
1 The Key Play Virginia Tech Hokies ballot -2.18
2 Fantasy College Blitz Central Florida Knights ballot -1.12
3 Frogs O' War TCU Horned Frogs ballot -1.12
4 Rock M Nation Missouri Tigers ballot -0.52
5 Frank the Tank's Slant Illinois Fighting Illini ballot -0.38

The Key Play dropped his Hokies four spots after a close call against East Carolina this week. But he also tweets in all caps during football season, so I think that sort of instability makes some sense.

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 292
2 Black Heart Gold Pants Iowa Hawkeyes ballot 284
3 SB Nation Atlanta Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ballot 168
4 Eye On CFB Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot 154
5 Tilting at Windmills Oklahoma Sooners ballot 136

Do you need me to explain resume balloting to you again?

# Blog Team Ballot Swing
1 Fantasy College Blitz Central Florida Knights ballot 30
2 Let's Go Rockets Toledo Rockets ballot 34
3 JustCoverBlog.com Indiana Hoosiers ballot 36
4 Bucky's 5fth Quarter Wisconsin Badgers ballot 42
5 Eleven Warriors Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 42

It's impressive to keep a Swing under 40 or so, especially this early in the season. Fantasy College Blitz did it by moving a total of 10 teams and making no adjustments to 18 positions on its ballot.

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