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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Previously: Preseason; Week 2; Week 3; Week 4; Week 5; Week 6.

Hurray, that's the poll hurray. If you're interested, you can see all the individual ballots here.

Finally a bunch of, like, stuff happens. Your non-OSU #1 voters:

Fallers:Auburn and Oregon found out getting pantsed on national television does not help your image. They dropped nine spots each, though in my opinion Auburn should have dropped much farther. Also dropping precipitously after losses are LSU, Georgia, and Oklahoma. The Georgia blogger tried to tell us. They tried to tell us. We didn't listen! We. Didn't. Listen.

Risers: Cal, Tennessee, and Arkansas all shot up after impressive wins versus high-profile competition; this is to be expected. The somewhat unexpected giant boost goes to 6-0 Missouri, up seven spots thanks to the carnage in front of them this week. What do we know about the Tigers? Very little, but SMQB endeavors to change that with the best thing ever.

At the top of the poll, Florida shot from #5 to #2 after their victory over LSU; Michigan passed Southern Cal to claim #3.

Wack Ballot Watchdog:

Now on to the extracurriculars. First up are the teams which spur the most and least disagreement between voters as measured by standard deviation. Note that the standard deviation charts halt at #25 when looking for the lowest, otherwise teams that everyone agreed were terrible (say, Eastern Michigan) would all be at the top.

Ballot math: First up are "Mr. Bold" and "Mr. Numb Existence." The former goes to the voter with the ballot most divergent from the poll at large. The number you see is the average difference between a person's opinion of a team and the poll's opinion.

Mr. Bold has finally been relinquished by House Rock Built. Your new victor in applied wackiness is Navy's Pitch Right. Anomalies:
  • Boise State #7... down a slot from last week.
  • Nebraska #12.
  • Cal up eight but still #18, and still behind, like #17 Rutgers.
  • Missouri still way down at #22.
As extreme wacky goes, this one is fairly tame aside from Pac-10 HATE and mid-major LOVE tatooed across its fingers. But... yeah... Boise? For real?

Mr. Numb Existence goes to fine Nebraska blog Double Extra Point. They have a picks column that is perpetually full of cheerleaders. If you're interested in that sort of thing.

Next we have the Coulter/Krugman Award and the Straight Bangin' Award, which are again different sides of the same coin. The CKA and SBA go to the blogs with the highest and lowest bias rating, respectively. Bias rating is calculated by subtracting the blogger's vote for his own team from the poll-wide average. A high number indicates you are shameless homer. A low number indicates that you suffer from an abusive relationship with your football team.

The CK Award is Badger blogger Bruce Ciskie for ranking UW 18th. That seems somewhat generous, what with Oregon, LSU, Oklahoma, and Iowa behind Wisconsin, but at this point of the season anyone past about #15 has a bunch of flaws.

You might think that a heavy loss to Tennessee would wrest the Straight Bangin' Award from the clutches of the Georgia bloggers. You would be wrong. Hey Jenny Slater receives an imaginary golden toaster of woe for ranking the Dawgs #22.

Swing is essentially the total change in each ballot from last week to this week (obviously voters who didn't submit a ballot last week are not included). A high number means you are easily distracted by shiny things. A low number means that you're damn sure you're right no matter what reality says.

I thought my ballot this week would win Mr. Manic-Depressive in a walk... NSFMF! I didn't even finish in the top five. Deep South Sports takes the crown with a ballot wildly different from last week's (obvs): only OSU stays put. Notre Dame up 9, Missouri up 11, Georgia Tech up 12. Anyone who lost Saturday down double-digits save Auburn, still at #9. TCU bombs out from #15 (15? Really?). It's chaos... the resulting ballot is sane but good God, getting there is madness.

Mr. Stubborn is a Pac-10 thing this week; your winner is Bruins Nation, but no tsk-tsking here since there's a reasonable amount of movement anyway.