Year-End Blogpoll

Submitted by Brian on January 10th, 2008 at 7:37 PM
Rank Team PPB StdDev Delta
1 LSU (41) 24.9 0.3 --
2 Georgia (1) 23.1 1.1 2
3 Southern Cal (2) 22.9 1.2 2
4 West Virginia 21.3 1.4 5
5 Missouri 21.2 1.5 2
6 Kansas 20.0 2.0 2
7 Ohio State 18.8 3.3 5
8 Oklahoma 17.9 3.1 5
9 Virginia Tech 16.7 2.0 3
10 Boston College 14.9 1.7 4
11 Texas 14.5 2.8 6
12 Tennessee 13.8 2.9 4
13 Florida 11.2 2.6 3
14 Auburn 10.9 3.3 9
15 Arizona State 10.2 2.9 4
16 Michigan 9.5 3.0 10
17 Cincinnati 8.3 3.2 3
18 Brigham Young 7.8 4.5 1
19 Oregon 7.1 4.7 7
20 Illinois 6.8 3.1 8
21 Texas Tech 5.2 3.1 5
22 Clemson 4.4 3.2 7
23 Wisconsin 3.1 3.2 5
24 Oregon State 2.8 3.3 2
25 Hawaii 2.6 3.1 12

Also Receiving Votes: Penn State(1.2), South Florida(1.0), Virginia(0.8), Wake Forest(0.7), Kentucky(0.7), Ball State(0.3), Connecticut(0.1), Mississippi State(0.0), Arkansas(0.0), Rutgers(0.0), Tulsa(0.0),

Total Ballots: 44

Hurray, that's the poll, hurray. I can't believe anyone's voting for freakin' Hawaii after that, but at least we've got 'em way lower than the AP (#19). Michigan and Auburn shoot up after bowl victories, though Michigan remains below Florida (understandably, IMO).

In previous years the poll has caught flack for being virtually identical to the coaches' and AP polls as soon as midseason rolls around; this year the BlogPoll's season-long flexibility about who was #1 and skepticism about Hawaii were validating moments. And this final go-around has some significant differences of opinion with the AP, mostly in the rankings of mid-majors with gaudy records and few actual accomplishments: 11-2 BYU is #14 in the AP poll and #18 to bloggers; 12-1 Hawaii is #19 in the AP and #25 to bloggers. This, I think, is good.

Other differences: Ohio State is down two spots, Michigan up two, and Oregon is up 4.

Extracurriculars...
are back. Mostly. Specific ballot call-outs are still no-go, as I don't want to push my luck with the server folks and making those static was beyond the scope of this salvage job. Just know that Building The Dam voted Ball State #14 and that's this week's strangest vote.

Mr. Bold

# Blog Team Avg Error
1 Braves and Birds Georgia 2.98
2 Off Tackle Texas A&M 2.88
3 Sunday Morning Quarterback Southern Miss 2.55
4 Bruins Nation UCLA 2.48
5 Pitch Right Navy 2.46

Our season-ending Mr Bold is Braves & Birds, whose main offense appears to be shooting Oregon up to #9 after they obliterated South Florida. Also, #11 Cincinnati is pretty out there; as bold ballots go, though, this one has a relatively low average error and isn't that scorn-worthy.

Mr. Numb Existence

# Blog Team Avg Error
1 Double Extra Point Nebraska 0.98
2 Pitt Blather Pittsburgh 1.04
3 M Zone Michigan 1.08
4 Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician Syracuse 1.10
5 Garnet and Black Attack South Carolina 1.25

Double Extra Point maintains its super-freaky domina
tion of Mr. Numb Existence.

The Coulter/Krugman Award

# Blog Team Bias
1 Addicted to Quack Oregon 7.93
2 Buckeye Commentary Ohio State 3.18
3 Dan Shanoff Florida 2.82
4 M Zone Michigan 2.50
5 Eleven Warriors Ohio State 2.18

Addicted To Quack wins the dire Coulter/Krugman Award for excessive homerism; normally this would be where the predictions of a dismal future wrought by wrathful football gods would go, but Oregon's already suffered enough.

The Straight Bangin' Award

# Blog Team Bias
1 Burnt Orange Nation Texas -3.48
2 mgoblog Michigan -2.50
3 Rocky Top Talk Tennessee -1.80
4 Building the Dam Oregon State -0.84
5 Football Outsiders Michigan -0.50

Burnt Orange Nation takes the final Straight Bangin' Award for excessive pessimism in the line of fire; I usually try to stay off these lists but there I am in second for remembering the EXTREME MAXIMUM PAIN of various bits of Michigan's season and being not quite so giddy about the Citrus win as the poll at large. Whatever: Rodriguez.

Mr. Manic-Depressive

# Blog Team Swing
1 Tomahawk Nation Florida State 198
2 Maize n Brew Michigan 176
3 Conquest Chronicles Southern Cal 164
4 Eagle in Atlanta Boston College 158
5 Braves and Birds Georgia 158

Mr. Manic-Depressive, given to the ballot that changed the most from week to week, goes to Tomahawk Nation.

Mr. Stubborn

# Blog Team Swing
1 Off Tackle Texas A&M 86
2 Frank McGrath Tulane 88
3 Garnet and Black Attack South Carolina 104
4 The National Anthem Before A Cubs Game Minnesota 106
5 SportsFrog Central Michigan 108

Mr. Stubborn, given to the pollster with the least volatile ballot from week-to week, is the property of A&M blog Off Tackle.

Thanks to all who participated this year, even those I repeatedly questioned the sanity of, and sorry about the year-end technical snafu. In the offseason I'll set to fixing this on a permanent basis and should have some additional bells and whistles for the 2008 season.

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