Given 'Bama's history of claiming a national championship every time the "Tuscaloosa Penny Saver" proclaims them to be #1, does this mean we'll soon be seeing 'Bama fans rocking "14" gear?
Avast, here it be:
|2||Boise State (1)||23.1||1.0||3|
Or, at least, there's the top 10, with the rest of it, as usual, at CBS Sports. For the record, your final CK Award record: 10-5 against the spread and 9-6 straight up. I'm also claiming CK victory for Nebraska's soul-crippling Big 12 championship game loss and their delayed action eight-turnover spectacular against Iowa State. Fear it.
I'd like to thank everyone who participated this year for their effort and their thought. This was a strange year in which three teams went almost totally unchallenged until a pair of not-so-titanic year-end matchups. The BlogPoll acquitted itself well by being the only poll out there willing to consider a team other than Florida at #1. Alabama moved into the spot a few weeks into the season, and though they traded the spot back and forth with the Gators all year, that flexibility speaks of a group of people paying closer attention than the folk actually charged with picking the two anointed teams.
Update:After the jump: Tim's even MORE updated final ballot.
A couple final changes: Clemson is in, UConn is out, shifted LSU down a little lower.
I think there's justification for keeping VT where they are (namely, behind Nebraska), because most of their in-conference schedule was beaten up in the bowl season (Miami, Georgia Tech, Boston College), and Nebraska added a much more impressive win to their resume.
Any other quibbles were relatively minor, I'm totally fine with Boise finishing ahead of Ohio State despite overall schedule strength, because the Buckeyes dropped games to #18 USC at home, and an unranked (and fairly bad) Purdue team on the road. That is enough to keep them behind an undefeated team with a similarly-impressive win over Oregon, and a nice season-ender over #8 TCU.
has 3 of the top 10 teams. SEC has 2 and all other conferences have 1. Good showing for Big Ten (although SEC-folk will talk about how they have #1 and #3). I'll take it for now. Time to start getting Big Blue in there.
Black Heart Gold Pants came in for some whack ballot watch-dogging early in the season, but you have to give him credit for essentially having the closest thing to the final thing before we knew the final thing.
I can't say it proves anything, but this serves as a prime exempli gratia for why letting results on the field rather than perceptions make the final determinations. I have to think by shuffling the deck early, he perhaps made it easier to get the cards lined up right in the end.
Contrast this with most ballots in the AP, coaches, and even the blogpoll, which tend to use the previous rankings as a starting point and then move accordingly. I think this system tends to let the early season biases stick more than we realize (e.g. Oklahoma State getting votes, bloggers showing a disturbing knowledge of the existence of Mississippi).
Kudos to The 'Brian-like substance' of Hawkeye Nation,* i.e. BHGP for a consistently interesting and ultimately correct ballot entry.
* They're not really a "nation" though, are they? In fact, if the Red Sox are a "nation" then I would call Hawkeye fans like maybe a smallish town -- one big enough to warrant a Wal-Mart and a movie theater, and an annual [X] Festival, but not a mini-mall. It would be filled with really nice people who are surprisingly down to Earth yet politically astute, and all the bathrooms would be painted pink. Yay Hawkeye Town!