This week's BlogPoll: Who does the most with the least?

For the first time this season, there is a clear-cut No. 1 team in America - not in the polls of media and experts but rather in the convoluted machinations of my well-intentioned BlogPoll. The Ohio State University leads the nation in wins over D1A teams. They don't take their first bye until November 10, so get used to them in this spot.

The remainder of my Top 25 is much weirder than usual, thanks to this week's tiebreaker. For a refresher, here is the mission statement for my Top 25:

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 the lowest average of recruiting stars. In other words, who does the most with the least (no offense, Sun Belt)? The suggestion came courtesy of a comment, and the data came courtesy of MKingery who computed Rivals star ratings for the past four years for every team in the country and then came up with an overall average. Complete details are here, if you're into spreadsheets.

Notable:

  • Spots three through six were highly competitive among South Carolina, Notre Dame, Alabama, and Florida. Half a star separates the four schools, so that's, what, an Idaho recruit?
  • Boise State actually suffers a bit using this week's tiebreaker as the Broncos recruit better than half of America's top-level college football teams. BSU even recruits better than Kansas State, according to the numbers. The Broncos average 2.59 stars over the past four years. The Wildcats 2.54.
  • Congratulations to Louisiana Tech for recruiting poorly, winning lots, and earning a No. 7 rank as the most underrecruited five-win school in the country.
  • Ball State and Utah State slip into the Top 25 with the lowest star ratings among four-loss teams. The Ballers and Aggies are just behind schools like USC, LSU, and Georgia who are doing less with more compared to their fellow five-win brothers.

The complete Top 25 table is below.

Team Total Wins FCS Wins Real Wins Recruit Avg Stars
1 Ohio State 7 7 3.576086957
2 Ohio 7 1 6 2.234567901
3 South Carolina 6 6 3.229357798
4 Notre Dame 6 6 3.456790123
5 Alabama 6 6 3.772277228
6 Florida 6 6 3.779069767
7 Louisiana Tech 5 5 2.131868132
8 Northern Illinois 6 1 5 2.252427184
9 Nevada 6 1 5 2.252747253
10 Toledo 6 1 5 2.382978723
11 Kansas State 6 1 5 2.543478261
12 Boise State 5 5 2.597222222
13 Tulsa 6 1 5 2.634408602
14 Northwestern 6 1 5 2.808219178
15 Oregon State 5 5 2.808988764
16 Louisville 6 1 5 2.90625
17 Rutgers 6 1 5 2.977777778
18 Mississippi St 6 1 5 3.038834951
19 Oregon 6 1 5 3.301075269
20 UCLA 5 5 3.326086957
21 LSU 6 1 5 3.427083333
22 Georgia 5 5 3.481481481
23 USC 5 5 3.845238095
24 Ball State 4 4 2.112359551
25 Utah State 5 1 4 2.191011236
26 Middle Tenn 4 4 2.270588235
27 Louisiana-Monroe 4 4 2.308510638
28 Western Kentucky 5 1 4 2.313253012
29 Kent State 5 1 4 2.409090909
30 Duke 5 1 4 2.574712644
31 UCF 4 4 2.695652174
32 Arizona State 5 1 4 2.964705882
33 Wisconsin 5 1 4 2.987012987
34 West Virginia 5 1 4 3.021052632
35 Texas Tech 5 1 4 3.048543689
36 TCU 5 1 4 3.058823529
37 Penn State 4 4 3.097560976
38 Michigan State 4 4 3.119047619
39 Texas A&M 5 1 4 3.193548387
40 North Carolina 5 1 4 3.214285714
41 Stanford 4 4 3.360465116
42 Clemson 5 1 4 3.392857143
43 Michigan 4 4 3.393617021
44 Florida State 6 2 4 3.602150538
45 Texas 4 4 3.789473684

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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