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Have At It: Blog Poll Draft Ballot

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Morning Coffee to follow shortly, but first, my weekly take at making sense of my ballot for the Blog Poll. Draft ballot is after the jump; ignore the delta scores, as I missed out on submitting a ballot last week.

A few justifications:

Alabama's opponents combine for a sub-.500 record; Texas Tech has the best win of the season (vs Texas) and its second-best win (Okie State) is near-equal to Alabama's best (at Georgia). The Red Raiders get the nod on the top line.

Behind the top two, Florida's trio of wins over Georgia, Miami, and LSU can't match Texas' wins versus Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Missouri, while the Gators' loss at home to Ole Miss carries a greater penalty than Texas' loss in Lubbock to Tech.

Trailing in the one-loss column are Southern Cal, Oklahoma, and Penn State, all of whom currently lack the quality wins to challenge anyone above. The Sooners can improve their resume in the final two weeks; the Trojans and Nittany Lions are stuck waiting for chaos.

Rank Team Delta
1 Texas Tech 25
2 Alabama 24
3 Texas 23
4 Florida 22
5 Southern Cal 21
6 Oklahoma 20
7 Penn State 19
8 Utah 18
9 Oklahoma State 17
10 Boise State 16
11 Georgia 15
12 Missouri 14
13 Ohio State 13
14 Michigan State 12
15 TCU 11
16 Pittsburgh 10
17 Florida State 9
18 Cincinnati 8
19 Miami (Florida) 7
20 Oregon State 6
21 Ball State 5
22 Maryland 4
23 LSU 3
24 Boston College 2
25 Oregon 1