This week's BlogPoll, presented by ageism

Jamie Squire

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

OBNUG Ballot - Week 9

Rank Team Delta
1 Ohio St. Buckeyes --
2 Alabama Crimson Tide Arrow_up 1
3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Arrow_down -1
4 Kansas St. Wildcats Arrow_up 11
5 South Carolina Gamecocks Arrow_up 7
6 Georgia Bulldogs Arrow_up 14
7 Louisville Cardinals Arrow_up 1
8 Oregon Ducks Arrow_down -3
9 Boise St. Broncos Arrow_down -3
10 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Arrow_up 1
11 Florida Gators Arrow_down -7
12 Northern Illinois Huskies Arrow_down -3
13 Toledo Rockets Arrow_up 1
14 Ohio Bobcats Arrow_up 2
15 Central Florida Knights --
16 Texas Longhorns --
17 Oregon St. Beavers Arrow_down -10
18 LSU Tigers --
19 Tulsa Golden Hurricane Arrow_down -9
20 ULM Warhawks Arrow_up 2
21 UCLA Bruins --
22 Utah State Aggies --
23 Kent St. Golden Flashes --
24 Florida St. Seminoles --
25 Ball St. Cardinals --
Dropouts: Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Mississippi St. Bulldogs, USC Trojans, Nevada Wolf Pack, Duke Blue Devils, Northwestern Wildcats

SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Top 25 Rankings "

The way I've organized my BlogPoll this season - simply, oddly, weirdly - has drawn the attention of the SB Nation BlogPoll watchdog, at first for my seemingly irrational choice of Ohio State at No. 1 and then for Nos. 2 thru 25 being an exercise in completely bizarro polling. Yes, my BlogPoll is unnatural. Thanks for noticing. But is sorting teams based on stats that I know really worse than sorting teams based on things that I think?

At least with my BlogPoll, fanbases know why they aren't as high as Team A or Team B. If you want to move up, play more FBS teams and take fewer byes. Beyond that, build more Dairy Queens just to be safe if the tiebreaker comes into play.

For a recap, here is the method to my poll's madness:

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), 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 age of each team's head coach, sorted oldest to youngest because a) respect your elders and b) age before beauty (Bill Snyder before Lane Kiffin).


  • Kansas State's Bill Snyder at age 73 is the oldest head coach in the Top 25. He is more than twice as old as Toledo's Matt Campbell (age 32), the youngest head coach in FBS and a reminder that I have not accomplished nearly enough in my life so far.
  • Ties within the age tiebreaker were broken with actual date of birth, e.g. Chris Petersen and Chip Kelly are the same age today (48), but Kelly will be a year older in November.
  • The Under 50 club in my BlogPoll Top 20 include Petersen, Kelly, Urban Meyer (48), Sonny Dykes (42), Will Muschamp (41), Dave Doeren (40), and the aforementioned Gen Y-er Matt Campbell (32).
  • One million points to you if you know where Dave Doeren coaches.
  • Regarding the main statistic used to create my Top 25 - wins over fellow FBS teams, there remain seven eight schools who are Kevan Winless on the year. Those schools, in alphabetical order of sadness: Akron, Buffalo, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Mexico State, Southern MIss and UAB. Of those, Massachusetts and Southern Miss have both no FBS wins and no real wins.
  • Addicted to Quack blog friend jtlight pointed out that my BlogPoll may break the No. 1 rule of BlogPolling: Don't draw attention to your BlogPoll. It may or may not, depending on how you interpret the rule. While my poll does stick out like a sore thumb, it is because my voting habits are unique, not because I want to be the Wack Ballot of the Week every week. I believe there is no good way of coming up with a poll to rank college football teams; therefore, someone else's methods can't be any better than mine and mine can't be better than someone else's. I don't wish to make a mockery of polling. I just mean to come at it from a different angle - one that ironically enough gets mocked a lot.

The complete Top 25 table is below.

Team Total Wins FCS Wins Real Wins Coach Age
1 Ohio State 9 9 Urban Meyer 48
3 Alabama 8 8 Nick Saban 60
2 Notre Dame 8 8 Brian Kelly 51
4 Kansas State 8 1 7 Bill Snyder 73
5 South Carolina 7 7 Steve Spurrier 67
6 Georgia 7 7 Mark Richt 52
7 Louisville 8 1 7 Charlie Strong 52
8 Oregon 8 1 7 Chip Kelly 48
9 Boise State 7 7 Chris Petersen 48
10 Louisiana Tech 7 7 Sonny Dykes 42
11 Florida 7 7 Will Muschamp 41
12 Northern Illinois 8 1 7 Dave Doeren 40
13 Toledo 8 1 7 Matt Campbell 32
14 Ohio 7 1 6 Frank Solich 68
15 UCF 6 6 George O'Leary 66
16 Texas 6 6 Mack Brown 61
17 Oregon State 6 6 Mike Riley 59
18 LSU 7 1 6 Les Miles 58
19 Tulsa 7 1 6 Bill Blankenship 55
20 Louisiana-Monroe 6 6 Todd Berry 51
21 UCLA 6 6 Jim Mora Jr 50
22 Utah State 7 1 6 Gary Andersen 48
23 Kent State 7 1 6 Darrell Hazell 48
24 Florida State 8 2 6 Jimbo Fisher 47
25 Ball State 6 6 Pete Lembo 42
26 Clemson 7 1 6 Dabo Swinney 42
27 Rutgers 7 1 6 Kyle Flood 41
28 Mississippi St 7 1 6 Dan Mullen 40
29 Stanford 6 6 David Shaw 40
30 USC 6 6 Lane Kiffin 37
31 Northwestern 7 1 6 Pat Fitzgerald 37

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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