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BlogPoll Week 2
(Voters left behind, get them in by EOD and I'll re-run the poll-gram). UPDATE: Caught the stragglers; voting is closed.
Hurray, that's the poll hurray. If you're interested, you can see all the individual ballots here.
The BlogPoll again mirrors the other polls by moving Michigan up to third and punishing Tennessee for a squeaker win over UAB. Somewhat disappointed that the poll didn't take into account the widespread trepidation of Michi-bloggers, which will come into stark relief in mere moments.
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.
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.
Heismanpundit, pissed off that he couldn't vote Boise in the top ten, sat this week out, so Mr. Bold will find a new home. Last week's second place Mr. Bold, TrojanWire, revamped his ballot extensively and has come more in line with the poll as a whole, so seriously space-cadet ballots are absent this week. Fresno blogger MDG is this week's Mr. Bold. Why? Well, Texas #6, Alabama #11, Louisville #24, and a lot of disagreement towards the bottom of his ballot. MDG: your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to convince us about 'Bama and Louisville.
Update: Wack ballots flow in late! EDSBS steals the Mr. Bold crown at the last second by going completely flapjack nuts about early winners GT (#8), TCU (#13), Clemson (#17) and Wisconsin(#18) and seriously downgrading anyone who blinked the first week (Tennessee, Michigan, Louisville, Florida, both halves of the Miami/FSU monstrosity). One question, though... what did Purdue do to deserve a henious drop from #18 to #25 on their off week?
Mr. Numb Existence is My Opinion On Sports, who didn't like Ron New Mexico's performance against NC State, dropping the Hokies from #2 to #6. Tough week for MOOS. An Oklahoma fan, he had to find a place to put OU after the TCU game and came up with #19.
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 second winner of The CK Awards is poll newbie Buffs.tv for placing Colorado at #19, which isn't too nuts, but the ceremonial "your team" spot is traditionally #25. Of greater interest is Buffs.tv's stubborn Bronco-love: Boise State checks in at #20. Leading theory is that it's a tribute to John Elway.
Update: Unsurprisingly, The Enlightened Spartan maintained his death grip on this thing. Spartans (absent from the poll at large) at #15.
Unsurprisingly, the winner of the Straight Bangin' Award is Straight Bangin'... again! We named it after him for a reason, but this week the pessimism is shared--to a lesser extent, natch--by three additional Michigan bloggers down on the team after the uninspiring defensive performance against Northern Illinois. The heavy Wolverine tilt to the poll seems to be keeping the man down, as it were.
"Swing" ratings coming when, uh, they work. Update:Which is now! 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.
No snarky comments, just trying to get this up: