BlogPoll: Florida Takes the No. 2 Spot from Oregon Because of Us (Probably Not)

Chris Trotman

The Gators are the second-best team in the land, according to the wisdom of the college football blogosphere hivemind. And other news and notes

I don't want to fall into the correlation/causation trap, but last week we argued that Florida should be ahead of Oregon in the BlogPoll Top 25. Apparently, that strength and Lincolnesque eloquence of that argument was effective. Or perhaps it was the 44-11 dismantling of South Carolina. But for whatever reason, the Gators are now No. 2 in the BlogPoll.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 8

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Alabama Crimson Tide (55) 24.41 1.05 --
2 Florida Gators (16) 23.19 1.37 Arrow_up 1
3 Oregon Ducks (2) 23.00 1.22 Arrow_down -1
4 Kansas St. Wildcats (4) 22.61 1.75 --
5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1) 20.92 1.53 --
6 LSU Tigers 18.62 2.12 --
7 Oregon St. Beavers 18.15 2.70 Arrow_up 1
8 Oklahoma Sooners 17.48 2.95 Arrow_up 1
9 Ohio St. Buckeyes (1) 15.34 5.12 Arrow_up 1
10 USC Trojans 15.03 3.38 Arrow_up 2
11 Florida St. Seminoles 14.51 3.40 --
12 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 12.51 3.22 Arrow_up 2
13 Texas Tech Red Raiders 11.24 3.98 Arrow_up 5
14 Clemson Tigers 11.09 3.54 Arrow_up 2
15 Georgia Bulldogs 10.97 3.84 Arrow_down -2
16 Louisville Cardinals 10.35 3.72 Arrow_down -1
17 South Carolina Gamecocks 9.97 3.72 Arrow_down -10
18 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 9.20 3.72 Arrow_up 1
19 Stanford Cardinal 7.19 4.02 Arrow_up 3
20 Ohio Bobcats 5.10 4.31 Arrow_up 3
21 Texas A&M Aggies 4.70 3.95 Arrow_down -1
22 Michigan Wolverines 4.15 3.18 Arrow_up 3
23 Boise St. Broncos 4.09 3.58 Arrow_up 3
24 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 1.82 2.56 Arrow_up 5
25 West Virginia Mountaineers 1.54 2.42 Arrow_down -8
Others Receiving Votes: Texas Longhorns | Wisconsin Badgers | Toledo Rockets | Nebraska Cornhuskers | Northern Illinois Huskies | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Duke Blue Devils | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | Cincinnati Bearcats | TCU Horned Frogs | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Oklahoma St. Cowboys | North Carolina Tar Heels | Arizona Wildcats | UCLA Bruins | Michigan St. Spartans | Nevada Wolf Pack | ULM Warhawks | N.C. State Wolfpack | Kent St. Golden Flashes | Northwestern Wildcats | Ball St. Cardinals
Updated: Oct 23, 2012 10:00 AM EDT

Now that that's settled, I'll get to work on the Kansas State-Oregon controversy. So much work to do.

Other things:

South Carolina falls ten spots (not inexplicable) to below Georgia (say wha?). I agree with Andy here: "I think having Georgia ahead of South Carolina on aggregate is weird." On the other hand, and I say this as a South Carolina fan, when you go into the biggest game of the year and have a mental breakdown on the field while allowing a team with very little offense to beat you by 33 points -- you have only yourself to blame if voters in any poll forget the 28-point beatdown you put on another team. Still, Georgia dropped two for narrowly defeating Kentucky.

With that, LSU is the only other Top 10 SEC team left. This could change if Georgia doesn't get beaten too badly by Florida (or wins) and/or South Carolina rebounds to beat what's left of its schedule by convincing margins. But for now, the SEC is down to three teams in the Top 10. Which is tied with the Pac-12 for most and not all that bad, really. Texas A&M moved down one spot for the loss to LSU, which isn't all that bad.

The B1G now has more ranked teams than the MAC. How nice.

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