BlogPoll Week 4: Oregon St., Rutgers Reach Top 25

All of a sudden, Wisconsin's Week 2 loss doesn't look so bad.

One quick look at this week's BlogPoll Top 25, and you can tell conference season is just around the corner.

Alabama remains at No. 1, while Oregon and Florida State slide up to Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. That pair of rises is largely due to LSU's narrow win over Auburn, as the Tigers check in at No. 4.

Kansas State slides into the Top 25 via an eight-spot climb after beating Oklahoma (who fell 11 spots to No. 17), but the real big climbers come with Oregon St. entering the ballot at No. 19 thanks a to a 10-spot rise and Rutgers ranking at No. 23 with another 10-spot increase.

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 4

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Alabama Crimson Tide (85) 24.81 0.74 --
2 Oregon Ducks (2) 22.94 2.50 Arrow_up 1
3 Florida St. Seminoles (1) 21.85 2.93 Arrow_up 2
4 LSU Tigers 21.53 2.44 Arrow_down -2
5 Georgia Bulldogs 20.34 2.40 Arrow_down -1
6 Kansas St. Wildcats (1) 18.80 2.56 Arrow_up 8
7 South Carolina Gamecocks 18.37 2.36 Arrow_up 2
8 Stanford Cardinal (2) 17.65 3.11 --
9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1) 16.55 3.20 Arrow_up 2
10 West Virginia Mountaineers 16.49 4.46 Arrow_down -3
11 Florida Gators (1) 14.82 3.46 Arrow_up 2
12 Texas Longhorns 14.20 2.73 --
13 USC Trojans 11.43 4.49 Arrow_up 3
14 Ohio St. Buckeyes 11.17 4.09 Arrow_up 1
15 TCU Horned Frogs 10.45 3.86 Arrow_up 2
16 Clemson Tigers 9.14 4.54 Arrow_down -6
17 Oklahoma Sooners 7.92 4.65 Arrow_down -11
18 Louisville Cardinals 7.83 3.15 Arrow_up 1
19 Oregon St. Beavers 7.16 4.63 Arrow_up 10
20 Michigan St. Spartans 4.65 3.11 Arrow_up 2
21 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 4.51 3.57 Arrow_up 3
22 Northwestern Wildcats 3.74 4.30 Arrow_up 1
23 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 3.10 2.95 Arrow_up 10
24 Nebraska Cornhuskers 2.51 2.69 Arrow_up 2
25 Ohio Bobcats 2.49 3.11 --
Others Receiving Votes: Baylor Bears | Iowa St. Cyclones | UCLA Bruins | Boise St. Broncos | Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | Oklahoma St. Cowboys | Michigan Wolverines | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Arizona Wildcats | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Virginia Tech Hokies | Cincinnati Bearcats | Minnesota Golden Gophers | Texas A&M Aggies | Wisconsin Badgers | Tennessee Volunteers | Central Florida Knights | Purdue Boilermakers | Ball St. Cardinals | Miami Hurricanes | Utah State Aggies | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | Nevada Wolf Pack | Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Updated: Sep 26, 2012 8:45 AM CDT

For Wisconsin -- which, as you'll see, still received some votes -- it doesn't mean much outside of Oregon St.'s climb. The Badgers' 10-7 Week 2 loss in Corvallis was only the beginning of their non-conference problems, though now that loss looks significantly better. Perhaps (read: hopefully) the real-life computers will agree.

As for Andy Hutchins' weekly writeup (linked above), B5Q's skepticism has faded to the point where we're no longer in the running for this week's "Straight Bangin' Award." Instead, B5Q's ballot this week had the least bit of swing, meaning according to Hutchins, "you're damn sure you're right no matter what reality says." Indeed, most of the movement in this week's ballot was a bunch of one- and two-spot rises, as Oklahoma's eight-spot fall was the biggest drop. But we also had Clemson rise a spot on our ballot, from No. 10 to No. 9, while most blogs had them fall.

Any thoughts? Like our ballot better or worse than the networks? Please do sound off below.

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