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BON Top 25, Week 3

Thanks to everyone who offered input on our Top 10 draft. We definitely took a number of your points into consideration. For example, we ultimately agreed that Auburn is a more worthy #2 right now. As for Michigan, that was as impressive a victory as I've seen so far this year. The #4 ranking seems appropriate. Who's looked better?

I felt uncomfortable ranking Oregon #13, but at the end of the day, it's a win for the Ducks. However unfair the end of the game was, Oregon gets the 'W'. The ballot reflects this.

I also note that Iowa's yet to impress in a win; they've been solid, but nothing special. They continue to slip down the ballot despite winning. They'll have their chance to move back up; Michigan vaults ahead for now.

When Brian releases the tabulated ballots from all the bloggers, we'll post the new Blog Poll. Until that poll is released, we can edit our ballot. So as always, jump in with your thoughts, suggestions, criticisms, praise, questions.

Update [2006-9-19 9:23:31 by HornsFan]: Some of the comments we're hearing lead me to believe I need to explain part of our philosophy in the rankings at this time. We have to remind ourselves that this is still only the third week of the season. Until we get into the meat of the conference season, results to date (Ws and Ls) is weighted more than it will as we have more data to work from. The penalties for a loss or two will decrease significantly as we see teams more. For now, though, I think you have to weight Ws and Ls pretty heavily. Don't worry, though, teams like Nebraska and Texas Tech will have their opportunities to play back in, and soon.

Rank Team Delta
1 Ohio State --
2 Auburn 1
3 Southern Cal 1
4 Michigan 9
5 Florida 2
6 Louisville 6
7 West Virginia 2
8 Georgia 3
9 Texas 1
10 Louisiana State 4
11 Iowa 3
12 Virginia Tech 6
13 Notre Dame 9
14 TCU 3
15 Oregon 4
16 Tennessee 7
17 Cal 5
18 Arizona State 5
19 Boston College 5
20 Alabama 6
21 Michigan State 5
22 Clemson 3
23 Boise State 3
24 Rutgers 2
25 Oklahoma 4

Dropped Out: Florida State (#14), Miami (Florida) (#15), Nebraska (#16), Texas Tech (#20).