My blogpoll ballot: week fourteen

Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama 1
2 Florida 1
3 TCU
4 Texas
5 Cincinnati
6 Boise State
7 Oregon
8 Georgia Tech 1
9 Virginia Tech 1
10 Ohio State 4
11 Miami (Florida) 4
12 Iowa 4
13 LSU 5
14 Arizona
15 Oregon State 7
16 Pittsburgh 5
17 Stanford 5
18 Penn State 2
19 Southern Cal 6
20 California 1
21 West Virginia 2
22 Clemson 1
23 Nebraska 1
24 Brigham Young 1
25 Houston 8
Last week's ballot

Dropped Out: Arkansas (#22).

I rank on overall resume, and don't care in the slightest about weighing recent weeks more heavily. As uninspiring as Texas has looked recently, it has to be pointed out that Cincinnati has had several close wins too. The Bearcats have played a tougher schedule, but I don't like their defense.

What most irks me about the polls though is that most voters don't care at all about strength of schedule, valuing wins no matter who they were earned against. It's irksome, because people have to know that SOS matters, but they can't get over a team having say, ten wins as opposed to nine. The general rule of thumb this year is that the ACC and Pac-10 are stronger than their national perception, and the Big Ten has been awful. To pick on Penn State a little more, anyone who ranks them over OOC, given the latter's head to head win at Beaver Stadium and much better OOC schedule is an awful voter.

Ok, TCU does violate the criteria, but they did play a decent OOC slate, and generally looked great against league competition. As opposed to a Boise, who did not.

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