As I laid out earlier this morning -- not that it needed a whole bunch of explanation -- my BlogPoll ballot featured very little action. Stanford dropped five spots, five other teams slid up one to compensate for that fall and only TCU and Ohio State flip-flopped.
The Network as a whole was less forgiving toward the Cardinal, dropping Stanford 10 spots to No. 18 while Oregon St. rises six spots to No. 13. UCLA also snuck in to the bottom of the ballot with a four-spot climb to No. 24 while several other teams enjoyed two-spot rises.
Again, like I laid out earlier, I was tempted to shuffle around Nos. 20-25, but I couldn't find the justification. I also only had Oregon St. at No. 20, though I did admit to being impressed by the Beavers so far. After all, we did see them firsthand.
As for the "awards," B5Q took home three this week. One for "The Chip Kelly Award For Boldness," thanks to our apparently divergent ballot. Next was the good ol' "Straight Bangin' Award," which we've seemingly picked up more weeks than not. This week, though, we slide in with a 0.00 bias that somehow reflects n abusive relationship with your football team. I've had Wisconsin unranked for the past few weeks and kept it that way this morning, so it looks like our "computers" could use some tinkering. Once again, in unison: the computers hate Wisconsin!
One Foot Down has Notre Dame No. 10, holding there after a bye, and the bias in their rating is all from other fans changing their assessments. That 0.00 is suspicious, though, and it's possible we're going to need to tinker with the calculations to make sure that this category's being correctly calculated: could there be just four bloggers "underrating" their own teams?
Lastly, and this award seems to bring this week's ballot picture full-circle, B5Q had the least swing of any ballot this week. According to BlogPoll Guru Andy Hutchins, our swing value of 12 means "you're damn sure you're right no matter what reality says." Damn right we're damn right.
Our Wisconsin blog dropped Stanford five spots, moved five teams up one spot to make room for the Cardinal, and flip-flopped TCU and Ohio State. I don't recall seeing a Swing number this small, ever, so kudos to B5Q for that much.