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Other Half of the BlogPoll Draft Ballot

Here's the top 25; explanations after the jump.

  1. Alabama
  2. Florida
  3. Iowa
  4. Texas
  5. Oregon
  6. TCU
  7. Cincinnati
  8. LSU
  9. Miami (FL)
  10. Boise St.
  11. Georgia Tech
  12. Virginia Tech
  13. USC
  14. Oklahoma St.
  15. Penn St.
  16. Nebraska
  17. Houston
  18. Pittsburgh
  19. Central Michigan
  20. Texas Tech
  21. BYU
  22. South Carolina
  23. Michigan
  24. Auburn
  25. Utah

The giant table below shows how my stat poll turned out. I tweaked the strength of schedule category so that it now is a composite of who a team played (double weighted) and then who that team's opponent played (single weighted). Most SOS rankings include two levels like that and I think mine was incomplete without it. Here's the ways the poll above differs:

  • Alabama up from 2 to 1: the only reason left to rate Florida first is "they're the champs and no one has beat them yet," and that's always been a lame rationale.
  • Texas up to 4: they're undefeated like the Hawkeyes, so they both should be above the one loss teams, but neither really has an impressive collection of wins.
  • Miami up to 9: for having a good set of wins with only one loss
  • VT down to 12: to get below GT, who beat them
  • USC up to 13: this may be too low, but they don't really have any impressive wins.
  • Two loss teams move down: for multiple losses
  • Oklahoma State, Houston, South Carolina in: for obvious reasons
  • Utah in: for being close to the top 25 in the stat poll.
  • Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and Ole Miss out: for obvious reasons

This is a bit of a mess because I didn't get to see that many games having spent most of Saturday on campus for the UF game and most of Sunday in a car driving from Gainesville to Charlotte. If something obviously is out of whack, let me know, because I probably missed something somewhere. Don't get all up in arms, just point it out respectfully. This is just a draft and not final.

Rank Team SSOS YPP Diff PyWin Pct Real Win Pct Average
1 Florida 20 10 1 1 6.60
2 Alabama 33 11 2 1 9.60
3 Boise St. 35 9 7 1 10.60
4 Iowa 24 17 15 1 11.60
5 Oregon 18 14 13 10 13.00
6 TCU 47 18 8 1 15.00
7 Cincinnati 61 5 10 1 15.60
8 Texas 68 13 3 1 17.20
9 Virginia Tech 11 22 18 25 20.20
10 LSU 60 3 22 10 21.00
11 Ohio St. 41 6 12 25 21.80
12 Georgia Tech 12 42 44 10 23.60
13 Nebraska 56 1 4 29 23.80
14 Southern California 91 8 6 10 25.00
15 Penn St. 113 4 5 10 28.40
16 Notre Dame 15 36 36 29 29.00
17 Pittsburgh 86 20 23 10 29.80
18 Miami (FL) 4 67 43 18 30.00
19 Central Mich. 107 12 16 10 31.00
20 Texas Tech 72 16 11 29 31.40
21 Oklahoma 3 2 9 75 32.80
22 Mississippi 71 7 14 38 33.60
23 BYU 105 32 19 8 34.40
24 Oklahoma St. 78 26 32 18 34.40
25 Michigan 63 24 29 29 34.80
26 Auburn 34 57 33 25 34.80
27 Utah 112 35 21 10 37.60