Week 9 Final CBS Sports BlogPoll Ballot

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.

Rank Team Schedule Strength and (Losses)
1 Texas I
2 Alabama Will
3 Penn State Fill
4 Texas Tech This
5 Southern Cal In
6 Oklahoma State when
7 Florida the
8 Georgia new
9 Oklahoma numbers
10 Boise State are
11 TCU published
12 Utah (probably)
13 North Carolina late
14 Missouri Wednesday
15 Ohio State
16 Michigan State
17 Florida State
18 Minnesota
19 Oregon
20 California
21 Maryland
22 Georgia Tech
23 Connecticut
24 West Virginia
25 Virginia

 

Themes:

Punish Ohio State!  Our readers were unanimous in their disapproval of my initial placement of the Buckeyes, and they were correct to be unhappy.  OSU moves from 10 to 15 upon reconsideration.

I like to reward playing well against good teams, win or lose, and punish losing to poor teams more harshly than I reward defeating poor teams.  This is why North Carolina is so high.  They have quite the resume of wins, have faced a difficult schedule, and their 2 losses are by 3 points. 

Reward Grinders.  I like to reward those who play difficult schedules.

I am really punishing these mid majors for their schedule strength.  While big boy teams battle through their conference schedules, teams like Ball State play schedule padding fodder.  There is no way these teams could hang with the big conference guys on a week to week basis.  The attrition would eat them alive.  I did not forget to rank Tulsa and Ball State.  If any team in a major conference played their schedule, wouldn’t they be crucified in the media? NO team currently in this poll would have any trouble running through their two schedules unbeaten, and I think that says something about the evolution of our poll, as the resume system starts to produce a de facto power poll.  That said, TCU, Boise, and Utah schedule much better than Ball State or Tulsa.

FSU: We have a chance to move up a ton in the coming weeks.  Right now, however, our loss to Wake looks terrible, and our Colorado win is less impressive.  The main reason I am not ranking FSU higher, however, is that we've only played 7 games, while most other teams have played 8 or 9.  Those extra win points help those other clubs.

Rankings by Conference

B 12: 5, all in the top 12

SEC: 3, but all in the top 10.

ACC: 5, only 2 in the top 20.

Pac 10: 3, but only 1 in the top 20 (USC)

Big 10: 4, but 3 outside the top 15

Big East: 2, but #'s 23 and 24

MWest: 2

WAC: 1

Key Games This Week:

USF @ Cinci

NorthWestern @ Minn

Wisky @ MSU

Tulsa @ Arkansas

Oregon @ California

Florida @ Georgia

Texas @ TTech

FSU @ GTech

So, how did I do in the revisions?

Check out these 2 links:

Paul Johnson's offense explained, part 1

Chantrant talks to Paul Johnson about his offense.

 

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