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
seveneight 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|
|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|
|9||Boise State||7||7||Chris Petersen||48|
|10||Louisiana Tech||7||7||Sonny Dykes||42|
|12||Northern Illinois||8||1||7||Dave Doeren||40|
|17||Oregon State||6||6||Mike Riley||59|
|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|
|28||Mississippi St||7||1||6||Dan Mullen||40|
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.