Final 2011 BlogPoll: Alabama On Top, Oklahoma State And LSU Tied

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 10: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide stands next to all the trophies awarded to Alabama as the national champion after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game during a press conference on January 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The final BlogPoll for the 2011 college football season has Alabama on top. But LSU and Oklahoma State are sharing second.

After claiming the 2011 BCS National Championship in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game on Monday night, Alabama made a clean sweep of the final USA Today poll of the 2011 college football season and earned all but five first-place votes in the last AP Poll of the year. The final BlogPoll of 2011 tells a slightly different story.

Alabama's on top, earning the lion's share of the first-place votes in the BlogPoll, but both Oklahoma State and LSU earned first-place votes of their own. Perhaps more interestingly, Oklahoma State actually tied LSU for second place in the BlogPoll, earning the same number of points per blog.

Oregon and Arkansas round out the top five in this post-bowl poll, Michigan State re-enters the top 10, and Kansas State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and USC all take tumbles.

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

Final 2011 BlogPoll

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Alabama Crimson Tide (39) 25.18 3.50 Arrow_up 2
2 Oklahoma St. Cowboys (6) 23.98 3.28 --
3 LSU Tigers (5) 23.98 3.17 Arrow_down -2
4 Oregon Ducks 22.16 3.01 Arrow_up 1
5 Arkansas Razorbacks 20.41 2.48 Arrow_up 2
6 Stanford Cardinal 19.76 2.25 Arrow_down -2
7 Boise St. Broncos 19.12 1.46 Arrow_down -1
8 South Carolina Gamecocks 17.43 1.51 Arrow_up 2
9 Wisconsin Badgers 15.90 1.28 Arrow_down -1
10 Michigan St. Spartans 14.82 1.91 Arrow_up 3
11 Michigan Wolverines 14.69 0.97 Arrow_up 1
12 USC Trojans 14.61 7.25 Arrow_down -3
13 Baylor Bears 13.08 0.99 Arrow_up 1
14 TCU Horned Frogs 11.55 2.14 Arrow_up 2
15 Oklahoma Sooners 10.92 2.55 Arrow_up 4
16 Houston Cougars 10.51 3.64 Arrow_up 4
17 Kansas St. Wildcats 9.96 3.19 Arrow_down -6
18 West Virginia Mountaineers 9.61 1.99 Arrow_up 5
19 Georgia Bulldogs 7.04 3.75 Arrow_down -2
20 Southern Miss. Golden Eagles 6.16 2.92 Arrow_up 2
21 Virginia Tech Hokies 5.55 2.72 Arrow_down -3
22 Clemson Tigers 4.04 2.53 Arrow_down -7
23 Florida St. Seminoles 2.57 2.17 Arrow_up 2
24 Nebraska Cornhuskers 2.53 2.43 Arrow_down -3
25 Cincinnati Bearcats 2.33 2.31 Arrow_up 1
Others Receiving Votes: Northern Illinois Huskies | BYU Cougars | Missouri Tigers | Texas Longhorns | Auburn Tigers | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Rutgers Scarlet Knights | Arkansas St. Red Wolves | Temple Owls | Ohio Bobcats | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Purdue Boilermakers | Toledo Rockets | Washington Huskies
Updated: Jan 11, 2012 12:35 PM EST

Total Ballots: 49

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Wack Ballot Watchdog

Five voters have Alabama No. 3. Four voters have Oklahoma State lower than No. 3. Crimson and Cream Machine has USC No. 22. There's really too much to pick from this week.

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 #25 when looking for the lowest, otherwise teams that everyone agreed were terrible (say, Eastern Michigan) would all be at the top.

# School Points/blog SD
1 USC Trojans 14.61 7.25
2 Georgia Bulldogs 7.04 3.75
3 Houston Cougars 10.51 3.64
4 Alabama Crimson Tide (39) 25.18 3.50
5 Oklahoma St. Cowboys (6) 23.98 3.28

Speaking of the Trojans, that's a downright absurd level of disagreement on a 10-2 team that beat the No. 5 team in the BlogPoll on the road. USC's been a regular in this column since the Trojans went from Lane Kiffin's vanity project to legitimately terrifying outfit some time around midseason, with some voters very high on them and some leaving them off ballots entirely. We'll see if that holds in 2012.

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 In The Bleachers North Carolina Tar Heels ballot 2.36
2 Dawg Sports Georgia Bulldogs ballot 2.28
3 Braves & Birds Georgia Bulldogs ballot 2.21
4 Smoking Musket West Virginia Mountaineers ballot 2.18
5 Crimson and Cream Machine Oklahoma Sooners ballot 2.16

In The Bleachers' top five: LSU, Alabama, Oregon, Arkansas, Oklahoma State. That's not actually Arkansas' highest ranking, but it's Oklahoma State's lowest. It's also not actually that bold for the somewhat chatty blogger: he had Oregon, Arkansas, and Oklahoma State 3-4-5 in his final regular season ballot.

# Blog Team Ballot Avg Error
1 Block U Utah Utes ballot 0.96
2 Card Chronicle Louisville Cardinals ballot 1.04
3 Red Cup Rebellion Mississippi Rebels ballot 1.06
4 BCS Know How USC Trojans ballot 1.16
5 For Whom the Cowbell Tolls Mississippi St. Bulldogs ballot 1.32

Block U is one of a number of voters who have submitted ballots every week this year — BCS Guru, Big East Coast Bias, Black Shoe Diaries, Bucky's 5th Quarter, Card Chronicle, Corn Nation, Crimson and Cream Machine, Dawg Sports, Falcon Blog, Let's Go Rockets, On the Banks, Sox & Dawgs, and Alligator Army (read: the person writing these words) all had perfect records, as did Dan Shanoff and Tom Fornelli — but its last BlogPoll ballot of the season isn't as boring as you would expect: Oklahoma State is on top in it.

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 Conquest Chronicles USC Trojans ballot 6.39
2 BCS Know How USC Trojans ballot 4.39
3 Smoking Musket West Virginia Mountaineers ballot 4.39
4 Crimson and Cream Machine Oklahoma Sooners ballot 1.08
5 Hammer and Rails Purdue Boilermakers ballot 0.98

The final BlogPoll of this year: where ranking your own 10-2 team highly after a bowl season without that team gets you unjustifiable flack for homerism, as does rewarding your team for setting a new bowl record for points. As for Hammer and Rails ranking Purdue, I'll let those fine folks explain.

# Blog Team Ballot Bias
1 Dawg Sports Georgia Bulldogs ballot -3.04
2 Corn Nation Nebraska Cornhuskers ballot -1.53
3 Braves & Birds Georgia Bulldogs ballot -1.04
4 Team Speed Kills South Carolina Gamecocks ballot -0.43
5 Dr. Saturday, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BCS Southern Miss. Golden Eagles ballot -0.16

Dawg Sports has Georgia 22nd, which isn't all that low, but the Bulldogs' vote distribution is clustered around Nos. 18-20.

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 Alligator Army Florida Gators ballot 106
2 Corn Nation Nebraska Cornhuskers ballot 94
3 Dawg Sports Georgia Bulldogs ballot 84
4 In The Bleachers North Carolina Tar Heels ballot 80
5 Block U Utah Utes ballot 80

So I do the voting for Alligator Army, and I thought I put together a solid, fairly consistent post-bowl ballot: I kept LSU as my No. 1 team, moved a few teams around, and rewarded West Virginia for its record-breaking bowl victory. Little did I know that I actually made a few massive moves (sorry, Kansas State and Virginia Tech: you should have played each other, and been less bad) that would "win" me a category.

# Blog Team Ballot Swing
1 Let's Go Rockets Toledo Rockets ballot 34
2 Crimson and Cream Machine Oklahoma Sooners ballot 36
3 Bucky's 5th Quarter Wisconsin Badgers ballot 56
4 Dr. Saturday, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BCS Southern Miss. Golden Eagles ballot 62
5 Braves & Birds Georgia Bulldogs ballot 64

Remember that list of names of blogs that had been part of the BlogPoll each week? It's a little less surprising that three of them are in this list than that there are four in the prior list, I think, but it is amusing to see that consistency can breed both more consistency and a tendency toward chaos.

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