SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25: Preseason Ballot

It's time for wild guesses codified into impressive looking ranking formats meant to cow you into submission at our expert status that will have no bearing to what happens on the field when some dude puts the crown of his helmet into the quarterback's mouth.

This is how 92 college football blogs voted in aggregate for SB Nation's BlogPoll Top 25:

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 1

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Alabama Crimson Tide (42) 24.33 2.21 --
2 Oklahoma Sooners (39) 24.01 1.28 --
3 Oregon Ducks (7) 22.39 1.44 --
4 Boise St. Broncos (1) 19.32 4.17 --
5 Florida St. Seminoles (2) 19.26 2.84 --
6 LSU Tigers 18.87 3.93 --
7 Stanford Cardinal (1) 18.33 3.83 --
8 Wisconsin Badgers 17.20 3.52 --
9 Nebraska Cornhuskers 15.95 3.67 --
10 Texas A&M Aggies 15.49 3.92 --
11 Virginia Tech Hokies 14.54 4.34 --
12 South Carolina Gamecocks 14.22 3.23 --
13 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 14.04 4.64 --
14 Arkansas Razorbacks 11.95 4.11 --
15 TCU Horned Frogs 11.30 4.65 --
16 Michigan St. Spartans 8.01 4.38 --
17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 7.97 4.85 --
18 Georgia Bulldogs 7.41 5.00 --
19 Ohio St. Buckeyes 6.59 4.50 --
20 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 5.30 4.43 --
21 West Virginia Mountaineers 4.64 3.86 --
22 Missouri Tigers 4.29 3.79 --
23 Florida Gators 4.15 4.51 --
24 Auburn Tigers (1) 2.89 4.42 --
25 USC Trojans 2.62 3.64 --
Others Receiving Votes: Texas Longhorns | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Utah Utes | Pittsburgh Panthers | Houston Cougars | Iowa Hawkeyes | Michigan Wolverines | BYU Cougars | Nevada Wolf Pack | South Florida Bulls | Central Florida Knights | Clemson Tigers | Miami Hurricanes | Air Force Falcons | Northern Illinois Huskies | Tennessee Volunteers | Mississippi Rebels | Vanderbilt Commodores | Boston College Eagles | Northwestern Wildcats | Southern Miss. Golden Eagles | Iowa St. Cyclones | SMU Mustangs | Kentucky Wildcats | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Colorado Buffaloes | San Diego St. Aztecs | Akron Zips | Washington Huskies | N.C. State Wolfpack | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets | Arizona Wildcats | Troy Trojans | Cincinnati Bearcats | Ohio Bobcats | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | North Carolina Tar Heels | ULM Warhawks | Florida Atlantic Owls | Oregon St. Beavers | Hawaii Warriors | Navy Midshipmen | Dixie State Rebels | UAB Blazers | Baylor Bears
Updated: Aug 29, 2011 7:23 AM PDT

SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Rankings 2011

Observations:

- Texas is unranked. I dug into the ballots (play with this by team and by blog, it's fun) and found that although Texas was ranked as high as #10 in individual ballots, we were left off of the majority of ballots altogether. This disrespect must be punished by...going 8-4.

- Auburn is ranked. I find this lazy and utterly mystifying. Anyone who wants to defend ranking Auburn, please come on this thread so I may mock everything you stand for as a human being.

- Alligator Army's Andy Hutchins shares some good observations on the team's with the widest spread of opinion and which bloggers may need Paxil. No one knows where to rank Georgia or Notre Dame. Including Mark Richt and Brian Kelly. And me.

This is how I voted:

Quick thoughts on my ballot:

- This is not a power poll. THIS IS NOT A POWER POLL

- Even I hate my rankings, so feel free to mock them

- I find pure resume ranking to be insufficient, particularly when there is no resume

- People who rank teams based on last year's accomplishments need to take a long look at Texas 2010. Every year is new

- I generally turn off my homer glands - if anything, I tend to historically underrate Texas because I know our deficiencies

- I wanted to rank USF and BYU but couldn't pull the trigger

- I ranked Texas. Burnt Orange Nation did not. HATERZ!. How dare they not rank a depthless team with a brand new coaching staff with major questions at QB.

Now it's time for you to make me defend my ballot. I won't put up much of a fight. I would have felt more comfortable attaching the 30 best teams to darts and flinging them at a board.

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