College Football Rankings: BlogPoll Has Oklahoma At No. 1; Clemson Surges To No. 19

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Trey Millard #33 of the Oklahoma Sooners is tackled by Nigel Bradham #13 of the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Oklahoma moves to the top of the BlogPoll in Week 4 after heading into hostile Tallahassee and knocking off the Seminoles, while the biggest mover this week is Clemson, which rises 20 spots after beating Auburn.

Oklahoma rode its victory over Florida State to the top of the blogosphere's college football rankings, taking the No. 1 position from Alabama in the Week 4 BlogPoll. The Sooners' 23-13 win in Tallahassee was enough to garner the most first-place votes and highest average ranking for a team in the 2011 season so far.

The Seminoles took the biggest fall for a top-10 team in the Week 4 BlogPoll, tumbling six spots to No. 12, one rung below Oregon, another team with a loss to a top-three school.

New BlogPoll entrants this week include Auburn-killer Clemson, run-happy Georgia Tech, and Ron Zook's unbeaten Illinois squad, fresh off a win over Arizona State.

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

Results for Week 4

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Oklahoma Sooners (54) 24.68 2.33 Arrow_up 2
2 LSU Tigers (39) 24.26 2.19 --
3 Alabama Crimson Tide (11) 23.17 1.79 Arrow_down -2
4 Boise St. Broncos 21.46 0.41 --
5 Wisconsin Badgers 20.22 0.62 Arrow_up 2
6 Stanford Cardinal 20.13 1.49 Arrow_down -1
7 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 17.14 3.27 Arrow_up 1
8 Texas A&M Aggies 15.75 4.10 Arrow_up 1
9 Nebraska Cornhuskers 15.66 4.15 Arrow_up 2
10 South Carolina Gamecocks 13.99 3.89 --
11 Oregon Ducks 13.61 4.68 Arrow_up 2
12 Florida St. Seminoles 13.50 5.08 Arrow_down -6
13 Virginia Tech Hokies 12.89 3.69 Arrow_up 1
14 Arkansas Razorbacks 12.88 3.96 Arrow_down -2
15 Florida Gators 12.05 3.44 Arrow_up 1
16 West Virginia Mountaineers 9.70 3.21 Arrow_up 2
17 South Florida Bulls 8.77 4.13 Arrow_up 2
18 Baylor Bears 7.88 4.03 Arrow_up 2
19 Clemson Tigers 6.50 4.28 Arrow_up 20
20 Texas Longhorns 6.36 3.87 Arrow_up 3
21 Michigan Wolverines 4.54 4.19 Arrow_up 4
22 USC Trojans 4.53 4.81 Arrow_up 2
23 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 3.42 4.14 Arrow_up 10
24 Illinois Fighting Illini 3.40 3.93 Arrow_up 11
25 TCU Horned Frogs 2.87 2.84 Arrow_up 1
Others Receiving Votes: Iowa St. Cyclones | Houston Cougars | Fla. International Golden Panthers | North Carolina Tar Heels | Michigan St. Spartans | Vanderbilt Commodores | Miami Hurricanes | California Golden Bears | Maryland Terrapins | Missouri Tigers | Utah Utes | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Ohio Bobcats | San Diego St. Aztecs | Mississippi St. Bulldogs | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Ohio St. Buckeyes | Iowa Hawkeyes | Georgia Bulldogs | Pittsburgh Panthers | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | Auburn Tigers | Temple Owls | Texas Tech Red Raiders
Updated: Sep 20, 2011 9:32 AM EDT

Total Ballots: 103

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Wack Ballot Watchdog

One ballot has Iowa ranked: it's Linebacker U's, which has the Hawkeyes 14th. One ballot has Temple ranked: it's also Linebacker U's.

Meanwhile, Clemson blog Shakin' the Southland's ballot makes no sense: it slots vanquished Auburn foe Mississippi State No. 18 and Auburn vanquisher Clemson (ITS OWN TEAM, MIND YOU) No. 24.

Now on to the extracurriculars. First up are the teams which spur the most 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 Florida St. Seminoles 13.50 5.08
2 USC Trojans 4.53 4.81
3 Oregon Ducks 13.61 4.68
4 Clemson Tigers 6.50 4.28
5 Michigan Wolverines 4.54 4.19

 

Teams that lose big early-season games will always be up here in the early weeks, as voters penalize for losses or judge teams to be as good as expected despite them: that explains both Florida State and Oregon, both ranked as high as fifth in this week's BlogPoll. (Though one of the 'Noles' fifth-place votes comes from Crimson and Cream Machine, it should be noted.

USC, on the other hand, has two narrow wins and a blowout win over a Syracuse team with no claim to being anything more than mediocre. The Trojans earned one fourth-place and one fifth-place vote, but got left off of 37 of the week's 103 ballots.

 

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 6.98
2 Frogs O' War TCU Horned Frogs ballot 6.14
3 One Foot Down Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot 4.94
4 Tom Fornelli Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot 4.10
5 The Crimson Quarry Indiana Hoosiers ballot 2.95

Resume balloting strikes again! Black Heart Gold Pants (Michigan No. 4, Florida International ahead of Boise State) and Frogs O' War (Cal No. 11, San Diego State No. 20) are still significant deviants, though both do rank Oklahoma No. 1. South Carolina third, USC fourth and Florida eighth is enough to earn One Foot Down its first award for the year (as One Foot Down, anyway).

# Blog Team Ballot Avg Error
1 Eleven Warriors Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 0.84
2 Inside The Shoe Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 1.06
3 Blogger So Dear Wake Forest Demon Deacons ballot 1.38
4 Voodoo Five South Florida Bulls ballot 1.46
5 The Key Play Virginia Tech Hokies ballot 1.55

Eleven Warriors ranked one team that didn't end up in the Week 4 BlogPoll Top 25: Iowa State. And 11W had the Cyclones 25th, while they ended up 26th.

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 Hog Database Arkansas Razorbacks ballot 4.12
2 Corn Nation Nebraska Cornhuskers ballot 3.34
3 Pistols Firing Oklahoma St. Cowboys ballot 1.86
4 Burnt Orange Nation Texas Longhorns ballot 1.64
5 Barking Carnival Texas Longhorns ballot 1.64

Hog Database has won this award in each week it has submitted a ballot. Impressively consistent homerism, that.

# Blog Team Ballot Bias
1 SB Nation Atlanta Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ballot -3.42
2 Frogs O' War TCU Horned Frogs ballot -1.87
3 The Key Play Virginia Tech Hokies ballot -0.89
4 SpartyMSU Michigan St. Spartans ballot -0.71
5 Mountain West Connection Utah Utes ballot -0.27

The SB Nation Atlanta ballot belongs to none other than SBNation.com's Jason Kirk, who neglected to rank Georgia Tech despite the Yellow Jackets' vivisection of Kansas on Saturday.

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 Black Heart Gold Pants Iowa Hawkeyes ballot 334
2 Frogs O' War TCU Horned Frogs ballot 154
3 Tom Fornelli Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot 146
4 Tilting at Windmills Oklahoma Sooners ballot 146
5 The Crimson Quarry Indiana Hoosiers ballot 106

Resume balloting strikes again, but the BHGP ballot actually has more swing from Week 3 to Week 4 than it did from Week 2 to Week 3, which suggests an impressive commitment to the methodology.

# Blog Team Ballot Swing
1 Pistols Firing Oklahoma St. Cowboys ballot 54
2 The Key Play Virginia Tech Hokies ballot 60
3 Voodoo Five South Florida Bulls ballot 64
4 Mountain West Connection Utah Utes ballot 66
5 BCS Guru UCLA Bruins ballot 68

Some voters dropped Michigan State out of the rankings entirely after the Spartans lost to 0-2 Notre Dame by 18 despite outgaining the Irish by nearly 100 yards. Pistols Firing didn't.

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