BlogPoll Week 8: Pair of Drops Paves Way for Rises Across the Board

South Carolina, West Virginia suffer huge drops, allowing 14 teams to rise in this week's Top 25. Also, Florida leapfrogs Oregon at No. 2.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 8

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Alabama Crimson Tide (55) 24.41 1.05 --
2 Florida Gators (16) 23.19 1.37 Arrow_up 1
3 Oregon Ducks (2) 23.00 1.22 Arrow_down -1
4 Kansas St. Wildcats (4) 22.61 1.75 --
5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1) 20.92 1.53 --
6 LSU Tigers 18.62 2.12 --
7 Oregon St. Beavers 18.15 2.70 Arrow_up 1
8 Oklahoma Sooners 17.48 2.95 Arrow_up 1
9 Ohio St. Buckeyes (1) 15.34 5.12 Arrow_up 1
10 USC Trojans 15.03 3.38 Arrow_up 2
11 Florida St. Seminoles 14.51 3.40 --
12 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 12.51 3.22 Arrow_up 2
13 Texas Tech Red Raiders 11.24 3.98 Arrow_up 5
14 Clemson Tigers 11.09 3.54 Arrow_up 2
15 Georgia Bulldogs 10.97 3.84 Arrow_down -2
16 Louisville Cardinals 10.35 3.72 Arrow_down -1
17 South Carolina Gamecocks 9.97 3.72 Arrow_down -10
18 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 9.20 3.72 Arrow_up 1
19 Stanford Cardinal 7.19 4.02 Arrow_up 3
20 Ohio Bobcats 5.10 4.31 Arrow_up 3
21 Texas A&M Aggies 4.70 3.95 Arrow_down -1
22 Michigan Wolverines 4.15 3.18 Arrow_up 3
23 Boise St. Broncos 4.09 3.58 Arrow_up 3
24 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 1.82 2.56 Arrow_up 5
25 West Virginia Mountaineers 1.54 2.42 Arrow_down -8
Others Receiving Votes: Texas Longhorns | Wisconsin Badgers | Toledo Rockets | Nebraska Cornhuskers | Northern Illinois Huskies | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Duke Blue Devils | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | Cincinnati Bearcats | TCU Horned Frogs | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Oklahoma St. Cowboys | North Carolina Tar Heels | Arizona Wildcats | UCLA Bruins | Michigan St. Spartans | Nevada Wolf Pack | ULM Warhawks | N.C. State Wolfpack | Kent St. Golden Flashes | Northwestern Wildcats | Ball St. Cardinals
Updated: Oct 23, 2012 9:00 AM CDT

Apologies on being a little late on this one. You obviously expected South Carolina and West Virginia to fall, but it's certainly startling to see the final results. I dropped both teams seven spots on my ballot, but the Gamecocks fell 10 spots to No. 17 on the mothership's Top 25 and the Mountaineers dropped eight spots to No. 25.

Florida also leapfrogged Oregon at No. 2, which I disagree with. I've had Oregon as my No. 2 for several weeks, and I still think the Ducks belong there. That jibes with one of our three top-five award finishes this week, fifth place in the race for "Chip Kelly Award for Boldness." That, of course, "rewards" the ballots that are "most divergent from the poll at large."

My ballot also boosted Wisconsin one spot to No. 22, while SB Nation still has the Badgers outside the Top 25. That earned us fifth-place honors for the "Couter/Kos Award" for a high bias ranking. B5Q's bias value was 2.86, which is calculated by subtracting the blogger's vote for his own team from the poll-wide average. BlogPoll guru Andy Hutchins says a high number "indicates you are shameless homer." Oops.

Finally, B5Q earned top honors for having the ballot with the least amount of "swing" this week, which I imagine is a combination of the aforementioned factors. Hutchins says "A low number means that you're damn sure you're right no matter what reality says," and then manages to take a shot at Wisconsin/Minnesota/Big Ten existence.

Bucky's 5th Quarter didn't even have a Wisconsin game to watch this weekend ... oh, wait, Wisconsin played Minnesota? Anyway, B5Q had tons of time to change up its ballot, and didn't, and took back the top spot in this ranking ... from The Daily Gopher, SB Nation's Minnesota blog.

Indeed, Andy, we're still playing. Enjoy your SEC ball.

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