Below is my ballot for the SBNation BlogPoll Top 25 after the completion of Week One, blissfully ignoring tonight's Miami-Maryland game.
Thanks to those who provided feedback in the "Help Me Vote" FanPost I threw up yesterday. Your feed back was quite helpful. What it did convince me to do was to keep Oklahoma and Alabama at #1 and #2, respectively, despite the fact that I had believed that my "wildly fluctuating" methodology would have dictated that I put either Boise State or LSU in the top spot, given their tough opponents. I realized that doing so, presumably to the benefit of Boise State, whom I almost ranked #1, would have been to do what I've critiqued Boise-bashers of doing in the past: penalizing a clearly superior group of athletes based solely on the mediocre set of opponents they've played.
That being said, I did my best to have the this week's rankings reflect, to the greatest extent possible, what we actually saw (or, much more frequently, read about) in Week One. I deliberately didn't have my Preseason Top 25 in front of me when I did this week's rankings, though of course I more or less remembered roughly where I had teams ranked previously, so it wasn't completely bias-free. Since lots of teams this week were playing less-than-stellar opposition, I tended to give the benefit of the doubt to teams which had defeated at least marginally-difficult competition.
As a result, I have teams like Northwestern, South Florida and BYU entering the Top 25 for going on the road and beating BCS teams. (And yes, I did see parts of the BYU game, and it was dreadful to watch, but they won in SEC territory at the end of the day, and that counts for something.) I wouldn't fret too much if I have particular teams overvalued or undervalued based on one week's results. I anticipate that this will be highly fluid over the next several weeks, and I fully anticipate teams like Mississippi State (which I don't anticipate to be where they are at the end of the season) to demonstrate where they really should be in short order.
And with that, your Top 25:
Ballot - Week 2
|2||Alabama Crimson Tide||--|
|3||Boise St. Broncos||11|
|6||Texas A&M Aggies||6|
|8||Florida St. Seminoles||-2|
|9||Virginia Tech Hokies||1|
|10||Mississippi St. Bulldogs||11|
|13||Ohio St. Buckeyes||11|
|15||South Carolina Gamecocks||-4|
|16||Oklahoma St. Cowboys||-9|
|17||West Virginia Mountaineers||6|
|20||Michigan St. Spartans||-4|
|21||South Florida Bulls||--|
|Dropouts: TCU Horned Frogs, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Georgia Bulldogs, Auburn Tigers|
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