Week 7 CBS SPORTS BlogPoll Ballot (FINAL)

This is the final product, after considering the suggested revisions to the draft.

This is not a power poll.  I don't attempt to rank teams based on how good I think they are.  I only rank teams based on their resume.  The poll is designed to be dynamic.  I try to start from scratch every week.  I do attempt to reward teams for "quality losses", while punishing them for bad performances.  I do not give excessive credit for stomping horrible teams.  As always, I want your help.  Keep in mind though that I don't want "team X is way better than team Y."  I do want "team A has a better resume than team B, you should make the change."  Power poll rankings are dumb.  The teams ranked 1, 3, 4, 13, 20 all lost to lesser ranked or unranked foes this past weekend.  I do not consult major polls when doing this.  Their record of futility is clear.  Let the teams earn their rankings on the field.  I try to remove as much subjectivity as possible.  This system is not perfect, but it is the best we have right now.

Rank Team
1 Alabama
2 Texas
3 Penn State
4 Oklahoma State
5 Florida
6 Southern Cal
7 Utah
8 Oklahoma
9 Boise State
10 Georgia
11 Virginia Tech
12 North Carolina
13 Texas Tech
14 Missouri
15 California
16 Wake Forest
17 Ohio State
18 Michigan State
19 South Carolina
20 Georgia Tech
21 Vanderbilt
22 Minnesota
23 Pittsburgh
24 TCU
25 Florida State
Dropped Out: Mississippi (#23), Kansas (#25).

Close: Kansas, Oregon, Ole Miss

Note: LSU and BYU can jump into the poll with wins.

I welcome your thoughts as always.

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