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My blogpoll ballot: week four

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Rank Team Delta
1 Alabama
2 Florida 1
3 Texas 1
4 Southern Cal 2
5 TCU 7
6 Virginia Tech 5
7 Cincinnati 1
8 Houston 2
9 Ohio State
10 Iowa
11 Boise State 8
12 Oklahoma 4
13 Penn State 6
14 South Florida
15 LSU 5
16 Oregon
17 Georgia 1
18 California 13
19 Miami (Florida) 15
20 South Carolina
21 Nebraska 3
22 Auburn 3
23 Georgia Tech 2
24 Oklahoma State 10
25 Missouri 2
Last week's ballot
Dropped Out: Mississippi (#13), Brigham Young (#15), North Carolina (#17), Kansas (#22).

See you later, Ole Miss. With a bad taste in my mouth, I moved them up last week by default. They have literally done nothing at this point to deserve any ranking.

Regression to the mean is a wonderful thing. As always, I rank based on overall resumes, not overweighing one particular week. For instance, I don't see four teams better than USC. I'm much lower on LSU than most polls. I like their roster, but they aren't playing like a top ten team to this point.

With the season sample size getting bigger, it's getting slightly easier to put together a coherent ranking, although all the upsets don't help. Nice to see the Big East making a little noise however.