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College Football Rankings: LSU Tops Week 7 BlogPoll, Extends Penthouse Stay

LSU keeps rolling, and the Tigers keep garnering BlogPoll love. Alabama and Oklahoma follow closely, and tiers are developing behind the top three.

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The Week 7 BlogPoll has the same ol' team on top: LSU, which reduced Florida to gristle in Week 6, reigns in the BlogPoll for a third straight week, followed by Alabama and Oklahoma. And those top three teams are still well ahead of rest of the field, too.

Oklahoma's win over Texas helped the No. 3 Sooners chop into both LSU's lead on the field and Alabama's lead on the Sooners. But it did more to extend Oklahoma's lead on No. 4 Wisconsin from a bit more than a point per ballot (1.21) in Week 6 to nearly two points per ballot (1.93). And it reinforced the idea that there are distinct tiers in the college football rankings in 2011.

There's that top three, and then Wisconsin, and then a four-pack of undefeated teams — Boise State, Oklahoma State, Stanford, and Clemson. Then comes valiant LSU victim Oregon, then a few teams separated by less than a tenth of a point per ballot — and then there are two tiers in the teens and thereafter of teams that are hard to distinguish from each other.

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

Results for Week 7

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 LSU Tigers (65) 24.66 0.58 --
2 Alabama Crimson Tide (20) 23.91 0.75 --
3 Oklahoma Sooners (6) 23.18 0.86 --
4 Wisconsin Badgers 21.25 1.25 --
5 Boise St. Broncos 19.89 1.92 --
6 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 19.47 2.50 --
7 Stanford Cardinal 19.02 2.14 --
8 Clemson Tigers (1) 18.76 2.25 --
9 Oregon Ducks 16.01 3.26 --
10 Arkansas Razorbacks 14.59 2.33 Arrow_up 3
11 Michigan Wolverines 14.55 2.71 --
12 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 14.45 2.38 Arrow_down -2
13 Illinois Fighting Illini 11.42 3.52 Arrow_up 1
14 Kansas St. Wildcats 10.10 4.24 Arrow_up 5
15 Nebraska Cornhuskers 9.93 4.10 --
16 West Virginia Mountaineers 9.36 4.06 Arrow_up 2
17 South Carolina Gamecocks 8.72 3.82 Arrow_up 3
18 Arizona St. Sun Devils 8.53 2.89 Arrow_up 3
19 Virginia Tech Hokies 7.14 3.61 Arrow_up 3
20 Baylor Bears 5.23 3.01 Arrow_up 7
21 Houston Cougars 4.13 4.11 Arrow_up 4
22 Michigan St. Spartans 3.96 3.58 Arrow_up 2
23 Texas Longhorns 3.51 3.30 Arrow_down -11
24 Texas A&M Aggies 2.35 3.37 Arrow_up 2
25 Penn St. Nittany Lions 1.73 2.82 Arrow_up 9
Others Receiving Votes: Auburn Tigers | Washington Huskies | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | North Carolina Tar Heels | Georgia Bulldogs | Florida Gators | USC Trojans | Wake Forest Demon Deacons | South Florida Bulls | SMU Mustangs | Rutgers Scarlet Knights | Cincinnati Bearcats | TCU Horned Frogs | Southern Miss. Golden Eagles | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Louisiana Ragin Cajuns | Temple Owls
Updated: Oct 11, 2011 9:30 AM EDT

Total Ballots: 92

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Wack Ballot Watchdog

Congratulations, Eagle in Atlanta: you have the first ballot of the 2011 season that ranked Clemson No. 1. Also interesting: Red and Black Attack has LSU ranked No. 4 — behind Boise State.

SpartyMSU didn't vote this week, in case you were wondering.

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, Arizona) would all be at the top.

# School Points/blog SD
1 Kansas St. Wildcats 10.10 4.24
2 Houston Cougars 4.13 4.11
3 Nebraska Cornhuskers 9.93 4.10
4 West Virginia Mountaineers 9.36 4.06
5 South Carolina Gamecocks 8.72 3.82

Kansas State's best win? It's over a Baylor team that increasingly appears to be Robert Griffin III driving a dynamic offense to make up for a bad defense. But the Wildcats are undefeated, and they have a BCS conference pedigree; think of them as the big brother to similarly undefeated Houston, except that K-State quarterback Colin Klein and Houston field general Case Keenum couldn't be much more different.

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 4.17
2 Let's Go Rockets Toledo Rockets ballot 3.34
3 Frogs O' War TCU Horned Frogs ballot 2.73
4 The Crimson Quarry Indiana Hoosiers ballot 2.26
5 Bucky's 5th Quarter Wisconsin Badgers ballot 2.12

LET'S GO ROCKETS, indeed. Finally, a blog has broken the Black Heart Gold Pants-Frogs O' War stranglehold on the first and second spots in the boldness category, proving that less strenuous methods than rigorous resume balloting can still produce BlogPoll outliers.

# Blog Team Ballot Avg Error
1 Inside The Shoe Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 1.02
2 Garnet and Black Attack South Carolina Gamecocks ballot 1.19
3 Baltimore Sports Report Maryland Terrapins ballot 1.33
4 The Key Play Virginia Tech Hokies ballot 1.39
5 Eleven Warriors Ohio St. Buckeyes ballot 1.41

On the other hand, I think abiding by the conventional wisdom so slavishly that average error threatens to dip below one is worthy of derision, not praise. Live a little, Inside the Shoe! Rank your Ohio State team as if a diseased goat were its second-string quarterback, not Joe Bauserman!

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 One Foot Down Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot 3.77
2 The Ciskie Blog Wisconsin Badgers ballot 1.75
3 Pistols Firing Oklahoma St. Cowboys ballot 1.53
4 Garnet and Black Attack South Carolina Gamecocks ballot 1.28
5 Tilting at Windmills Oklahoma Sooners ballot 0.82

Ranking Notre Dame when the Irish can't pull more points than chronically boring Penn State? Yes, that will get you Coulter/Kos, One Foot Down. Special commendation goes to The Ciskie Blog for somehow placing second for bias with a top-four team.

# Blog Team Ballot Bias
1 Barking Carnival Texas Longhorns ballot -3.51
2 SB Nation Atlanta Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ballot -1.45
3 Tom Fornelli Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot -1.23
4 The Key Play Virginia Tech Hokies ballot -1.14
5 EDSBS Florida Gators ballot -0.57

Not ranking your well-regarded team after its first loss is a good way to win Straight Bangin', too: Barking Carnival did just that.

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 SB Nation Atlanta Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ballot 104
2 One Foot Down Notre Dame Fighting Irish ballot 102
3 Garnet and Black Attack South Carolina Gamecocks ballot 102
4 Tilting at Windmills Oklahoma Sooners ballot 94
5 Frogs O' War TCU Horned Frogs ballot 88

SB Nation Atlanta's wisdom of crowds approach keeps racking up the awards, but after topping Coulter/Kos in each of the last two weeks, the Dirty Dirty's crew moves on to Swing. Only seven teams stayed in their Week 6 spots on the their ballot.

# Blog Team Ballot Swing
1 Corn Nation Nebraska Cornhuskers ballot 40
2 The Ralphie Report Colorado Buffaloes ballot 50
3 BCS Guru UCLA Bruins ballot 54
4 Red Cup Rebellion Mississippi Rebels ballot 56
5 Let's Go Rockets Toledo Rockets ballot 56

I mean, if I were a Nebraska fan, and my team had beaten the reigning Big Ten champion with a ridiculous, potentially season-saving comeback, I would have dropped just three teams that lost and kept my top 13 the same, too. If it ain't broke...

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