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.
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.