This week's BlogPoll, sorted by Dairy Queen proximity

I do not mean to make a mockery of polling any more than polling makes a mockery of itself. So while this week's BlogPoll does break ties using a very non-essential tiebreaker of Dairy Queen proximity, the ties themselves are arrived at by beating fellow D1A teams. My BlogPoll values wins most highly. Then Blizzards.

Here's more on how it works:

My Top 25 operates under the assumption that all FBS football teams are equal because, if they weren't, the NCAA obviously wouldn't group them all into the same classification. That would just make no sense.

Therefore, to choose the best from the FBS, I am building my BlogPoll based on one very big factor: Wins over fellow FBS teams. When ties happen within my standings (and they happen A LOT early in the season), I will do the tie-breaking based on a new stat every week, like, say, points allowed or Dairy Queens per capita. You know, real scientific stuff.

This week's tie-breaking method is proximity of the nearest Dairy Queen to each school's campus. Campus location was determined by a Google search, and nearest Dairy Queen was determined by Google Maps. For the purposes of this poll, all DQ Grill 'n Chills are considered the same as regular Dairy Queens.

Notable:

  • The poor folks in Ruston, Louisiana, home of Louisiana Tech University, must drive 44 miles to the nearest Dairy Queen. Sure puts being 4-0 into perspective.
  • Name the nearest Dairy Queen to Boise State. Winner gets to take himself or herself to Dairy Queen for lunch.
  • Oregon State has a Dairy Queen less than a mile from campus, making them the best three-win team in America. Congrats.

The complete Top 25 table is below.

Team Wins FCS Wins Real Wins Nearest DQ
1 Georgia 5 5 1.2
2 Ohio State 5 5 1.8
3 Alabama 5 5 3.7
4 South Carolina 5 5 7.6
5 Ohio 5 1 4 1.1
6 Oregon 5 1 4 1.1
7 Louisville 5 1 4 1.4
8 Notre Dame 4 4 2.3
9 Florida 4 4 4
10 Texas 4 4 4.3
11 Northwestern 5 1 4 5.3
12 UCLA 4 4 8.1
13 LSU 5 1 4 15.8
14 Louisiana Tech 4 4 44.1
15 Oregon State 3 3 0.8
16 Kansas State 4 1 3 1
17 Middle Tenn 3 3 1.5
18 Western Kentucky 4 1 3 1.7
19 Troy 3 3 1.8
20 Nebraska 4 1 3 1.9
21 Ball State 3 3 2.1
22 West Virginia 4 1 3 2.4
23 TCU 4 1 3 2.6
24 Boise State 3 3 2.8
25 Florida State 5 2 3 2.8

Got a suggestion for a tie-breaking procedure? I'm all ears.

Got a beef with the way I do my polling? Beef away in the comments.

Got some ways to make this Top 25 better? Please help. I'm easily swayed.

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