Tomahawk Nation's BlogPoll: Week 5

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 players or what 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 poor 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, Boise will probably not climb much higher in my poll for the rest of the year because they don't really play anyone. And if they don't blow out the weak competition every week, they will start to slip in addition to not climbing.

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.

Change my mind using my criteria if you can.

Notes: Texas A&M gets a big boost for playing Oklahoma St within a point despite the loss. Georgia Tech and Clemson get substantial boosts for quality wins. Florida State has played two very good opponents. I would argue there isn't another team that has faced two of equal value and have either won or lost close. Not accurate there. LSU has faced 2 very good opponents and a mediocre opponent. They handled both decent opponents quite easily. Is the ranking for FSU too high? Too low? Should FSU be ranked at all?  Is there a team more worthy? Should Arkansas be ranked? They have wins against Missouri State, New Mexico, and Troy (10 point win) and got blown out by Alabama. Make a compelling argument for any team and the Poll can be adjusted.

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