Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Final Blogpoll: Yeah, Peer Pressure!

After reading over the spirited debate on my initial blogpoll, I've modified it slightly in light of some of the valid points brought up by my commentators. Here you go:

RankTeamDelta
1 Ohio State --
2 Michigan 3
3 Auburn 1
4 Florida 2
5 Southern Cal 1
6 Louisville 1
7 Oregon 4
8 Tennessee 2
9 Notre Dame 3
10 Boise State 1
11 Georgia 3
12 Georgia Tech 8
13 Cal --
14 Louisiana State 1
15 Oklahoma 6
16 Boston College 7
17 Clemson --
18 Iowa 9
19 West Virginia 1
20 Texas 4
21 Missouri 5
22 Rutgers 2
23 Navy 3
24 Washington 2
25 Wake Forest --
Dropped Out: TCU (#14), Virginia Tech (#19), Arizona State (#22).
Allrighty, so here's what changed:
  • Texas Tech and TCU are both out, Washington is in. In an effort to avoid ranking a mediocre team above a mediocre team that beat them, I've decided to kick both to the curb and put another team with a better resume in there. I realized that I'm keeping Washington out mostly because of a personal bias, which I think is actually an unshakable belief that any Willingham-led team that shows any promise is cruising for an epic downfall. Trust me, Huskie fans, don't get excited. That being said, Washington's resume up to this point makes them worthy of a top 25 spot. For now.


    Now, let's all clap in unison




  • Oklahoma is up a bit. Not as a compensation for the refs in the Oregon game... I have vowed not to correct bad officiating in my poll, because that sends you instantly down a slippery slope from which there is no return. Instead, it's a result of me acknowledging their victory over Washington as a "quality win", what with me ranking the Huskies and all.


  • Oregon goes down a bit. Again, not because of the onside kick, but because I looked again at their schedule. At first blush, wins against Stanford, Fresno State, and Arizona State seem pretty impressive in rounding out a resume. But wait... Stanford is 0-5 (soon to be 0-6) and utter garbage. Arizona State has proved they're not a Top 25 team and will be arm-tackling their way into an early December bowl for the rest of the season. And my crush on Fresno State is mostly blind mustache-love for Pat Hill. I just realized that this year's incarnation of the Bulldogs are 1-3. Not quite as impressive as it sounds.


    Your evil spell has been broken, oh mustached one.


So, that's what I've got. Now let's see how the chips fall with the rest of the poll.

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9 Comments:

At 12:09 AM, Anonymous samari said...

I still think you're overrating BC. 22 points against Maine does not make up for the fact that they LOST TO NC STATE

 
At 12:14 AM, Blogger fightinamish said...

BC's a tough one in terms of cognitive dissonance. I want to rate Clemson high, but I swore to myself that if there are ever teams with equal records where one beat the other head-to-head, I would always rate the winner higher. I think that's mostly fallout from the '93 National Championship voting, which has stuck in my craw all these years later.

Situations like this make it tricky to do that and not look like an idiot. Alas, in the end, I have to stick by my guns and look a little bit silly in the name of integrity.

 
At 2:01 AM, Anonymous Tommy O said...

we could beat tenn, oregon, and louisville. though i understand why you had to rank us lower than that. i also dont know that we could beat anybody in your top 5.

 
At 7:31 AM, Blogger gwzimm said...

Boston College? 16th? Are you nuts?

 
At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it surprising that you have Navy ranked but you knocked Va Tech off the list. You think that Navy could beat Va Tech? Also, if you are going to give the service academies props, I'd think that Air Force has the more impressive record out of the three right now. I mean hell, they almost pulled the upset against Tennessee... and Navy lost to Tulsa (and have only beaten E. Carolina, UMass, and UConn...)

 
At 10:58 AM, Anonymous samari said...

I guess I'm looking at it from more of a tragectory standpoint. Since they met, Clemson pulled out a win at FSU and then completely destroyed UNC and La Tech.

BC got taken to overtime by a so-so BYU and then lost to NC State before a pedestrian win over 1-AA Maine.

I guess we'll get a better view of where each team is headed after this weekend.

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger gwzimm said...

.....and BC is ranked higher than Texas? Really?

 
At 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I guess I'm looking at it from more of a tragectory standpoint. Since they met, Clemson pulled out a win at FSU and then completely destroyed UNC and La Tech.

BC got taken to overtime by a so-so BYU and then lost to NC State before a pedestrian win over 1-AA Maine. "

BYU also beat TCU soundly - a team that had been undefeated and ranked in the mid-teens until then. NC State beat them on a Hail Mary, sure, but BC beat Clemson and has the same record (and a similar quality schedule). I mean, its not like FSU (those who still rank them are on crack), UNC or LaTech are any good, either.

 
At 8:34 AM, Blogger gwzimm said...

Gotta give Tyrone credit for Washington's performance against USC. Either he's doing a great job or USC isn't as good as reported. God, they suck!!!!!!

 

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