CBS Sports BlogPoll Week 5 Ballot Draft- Updated

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. What have they done? Not how talented are their payers or how other polls project them to do, but what have they done?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. I reward quality play, win or lose, particularly against other good teams. I am not bumping team A 10 spots and docking team B 10 spots when team A beats team B by a field goal in what was essentially an equally played game.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. To that end, Cincinnati and Boise will probablynot climb higher in my poll for the rest of the year.

I Reward Grinders. I reward those who play difficult schedules. Teams that play a tough team every week don't get to spend extra time preparing for their tough games, and they also don't face the attrition other teams face because they are able to pull their starters in blowouts. Fewer plays for important players reduces the chance those players will get injured.

So, my top 25, after the jump, with explanations.  You have 12 hours to change my mind.  Please do so within the context of my parameters.  

I give a lot of weight to teams who travel cross country and win, as we've seen much better teams attempt the feat and consistently lose to poor teams.  So Cincinnati, Cal, FSU, LSU, and UCLA get credit there.

Rank Team
1 Alabama
2 Houston
3 Florida
4 Cincinnati
5 Iowa
6 Miami (Florida)
7 Boise State
8 Georgia
9 Texas
10 Michigan
11 California
12 LSU
13 South Carolina
14 UCLA
15 Auburn
16 North Carolina
17 Virginia Tech
18 Oregon
19 Georgia Tech
20 Missouri
21 Wisconsin
22 Southern Cal
23 Ohio State
24 Arizona
25 Nebraska
Last week's ballot

 

I want to hear from you.  I know this is not perfect and already have a few changes to make (VTech should be higher, UNC lower, GTech higher).  

I took your suggestions and came up with this:

Rank Team
1 Alabama
2 Houston
3 Iowa
4 Cincinnati
5 Florida
6 Boise State
7 Texas
8 Miami (Florida)
9 Georgia
10 Michigan
11 Virginia Tech
12 LSU
13 South Carolina
14 California
15 Auburn
16 Oregon
17 Georgia Tech
18 Oklahoma State
19 Missouri
20 UCLA
21 Wisconsin
22 Southern Cal
23 Ohio State
24 Nebraska
25 Arizona
Last week's ballot
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