BlogPoll: Sticking to My Guns

Last week’s ballot garnered some scorn and ridicule from the peanut gallery, which was to be expected.

I could just follow the crowd and summarily move Alabama and whatnot up to the top of charts with a bullet. But here’s where I make my stand.

Look, I don’t like this any more than you do.

Correction: I don’t like the outcome of this any more than you do.

Louisiana State isn’t close to being the best team in the country. If the Bayou Bengals were playing Alabama tomorrow on a neutral, I’d make the Crimson Tide a 10-point favorite.

However, if I really do intend to reward teams based on achievement, I have to keep teams like LSU up near the top of the poll for playing winning three games against BCS conference teams, two of which were away from Tiger Stadium.

You have to respect the process, though. Anyway, we’re three weeks into the season; we still don’t know much about these teams’ resumes. So chill, because all will be revealed in due time.

The haters probably will appreciate me dropping LSU from No. 1, though, in favor of Ohio State. While I’m not impressed by the fact that the Buckeyes have played three games at home, I think OSU’s dismantling of The U constitutes the best skin on any team’s wall. Plus, North Carolina’s home loss to Georgia Tech really hurts the Tigers’ case.

You can bet your bottom dollar that the winner of Arkansas-Alabama will be on top next week.

On to the ballot…

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Blatant Homerism Ballot – Week 4

Rank Team Delta
1 LSU Tigers
2 Ohio St. Buckeyes Arrow_up 1
3 Arkansas Razorbacks
4 Auburn Tigers Arrow_up 10
5 Alabama Crimson Tide Arrow_up 1
6 Arizona Wildcats Arrow_up 17
7 Texas Longhorns Arrow_up 5
8 Nebraska Cornhuskers Arrow_up 3
9 Oregon Ducks Arrow_down -2
10 Boise St. Broncos Arrow_up 11
11 Stanford Cardinal
12 Michigan Wolverines Arrow_down -10
13 Kansas St. Wildcats
14 TCU Horned Frogs Arrow_down -6
15 South Carolina Gamecocks Arrow_down -11
16 Florida Gators Arrow_down -7
17 USC Trojans Arrow_down -4
18 Oklahoma Sooners Arrow_down -13
19 Wisconsin Badgers Arrow_down -9
20 West Virginia Mountaineers
21 Northwestern Wildcats
22 N.C. State Wolfpack
23 Missouri Tigers Arrow_down -3
24 Utah Utes Arrow_down -8
25 Nevada Wolf Pack
Dropouts: Texas Tech Red Raiders, Air Force Falcons, Oklahoma St. Cowboys, Iowa Hawkeyes, California Golden Bears, Fresno St. Bulldogs

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