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BlogPoll Week 10
Hurray, that's the poll hurray. If you're interested, you can see all the individual ballots here.
Wow. Absolutely no mercy for Georgia dropping the Cocktail Party with a guy sporting a number after his name--never a good thing unless you're a Minnesota running back--as the Dawgs plummet to 11th. I'm actually the "woo hoo" outlier on UGA, dropping them only to fifth under the assumption that Shockley == a Georgia victory. Meanwhile, BruinsNation dropped them all the way to 17th(!), behind schools like Texas Tech and West Virginia. What's up with that, guys?
Down at the bottom of the poll Michigan returns (slightly enthusiastic yay), as do Colorado and Louisville. I still have major issues with Texas Tech's house of cards being that high. actionBERG ranking the Red Raiders 8th is ridiculous. And, okay: who is still voting for Tennessee? Dave Sez? I know the pickings are getting thin down at the bottom but... 3-4! Total disarray! Dangerously low supplies of chicken wings! In other wack voting news, Mark Hasty's voting USC #5. Er.
(FYI: 'Bama's #1 comes from 'Bama blogger Journalism is for Rockstars.)
Now on to the extracurriculars. First up are the teams which spur the most and least disagreement between voters as measured by standard deviation. Note that the standard deviation charts halt at #25 when looking for the lowest, otherwise teams that everyone agreed were terrible (say, Eastern Michigan) would all be at the top.
We have a new variance king in OSU, for some reason. There seems to be no real consensus for where they go, and a triplet of voters shoving them down at #17 probably put them over the top of Texas Tech.
Ballot math: First up are "Mr. Bold" and "Mr. Numb Existence." The former goes to the voter with the ballot most divergent from the poll at large. The number you see is the average difference between a person's opinion of a team and the poll's opinion.
Yeah, when you put USC #5, you get Mr. Bold. I'm really at a loss here. Mark's ballot is really strange. TCU is #12. WVU is #13. Notre Dame plummets from #7 to #18 for not playing. UTEP shows up totally new at #20, right in front of Rutgers at #21. And then you've got the whole USC #5 thing... I call shenanigans. The ballot seems calculated to draw attention for wackiness. This is no good.
Mr. Numb Existence is BG blogger The DJL Zone. Congratulations for your prescience!
Next we have the Coulter/Krugman Award and the Straight Bangin' Award, which are again different sides of the same coin. The CKA and SBA go to the blogs with the highest and lowest bias rating, respectively. Bias rating is calculated by subtracting the blogger's vote for his own team from the poll-wide average. A high number indicates you are shameless homer. A low number indicates that you suffer from an abusive relationship with your football team.
The CK Award is now the property of 50-Yard Lion, a Penn State guy with the Nits at #4, in front of undefeated UCLA and Alabama, but then again, UCLA and Alabama don't have to play against the Big Ten refs, too. Also of note are the two UGA bloggers who tie for second. I'm with them: UGA is a very good team that was temporarily struck down by Angry UGA Hating God.
The Straight Bangin' Award remains over at Cheap Seats for continuing to omit Texas Tech from his ballot entirely. His margin is getting SB-esque. Bruce is going to have to up his Wisconsin dread to wrest it away.
Swing is essentially the total change in each ballot from last week to this week (obviously voters who didn't submit a ballot last week are not included). A high number means you are easily distracted by shiny things. A low number means that you're damn sure you're right no matter what reality says.
Swing doesn't work. Apologies; I find myself fairly busy during the season. When I can find time to fix it I will.