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Week 1 SBNation Blogpoll Ballot

Here is the Wimple's week 1 ballot for the SBNation blogpoll, formerly the MGoBlog blogpoll. Again, the Wimple advocates (and practices) resume polling, which means my early ballots are going to clash-- sometimes violently-- with the consensus ballots that predominate in this (and most) polls. My commentary on my Week 1 rankings are below the ballot.

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SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

The Purple Wimple Ballot - Week 2

Rank Team Delta
1 Boise St. Broncos Arrow_up 1
2 Utah Utes Arrow_up 8
3 TCU Horned Frogs Arrow_up 1
4 Fresno St. Bulldogs --
5 Michigan Wolverines --
6 USC Trojans --
7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish --
8 LSU Tigers --
9 Maryland Terrapins --
10 Iowa St. Cyclones --
11 Virginia Tech Hokies Arrow_down -8
12 East Carolina Pirates --
13 Michigan St. Spartans --
14 South Carolina Gamecocks --
15 Oklahoma Sooners Arrow_down -7
16 Texas Tech Red Raiders --
17 BYU Cougars --
18 Kansas St. Wildcats --
19 Clemson Tigers --
20 Wisconsin Badgers Arrow_down -6
21 Texas Longhorns Arrow_down -12
22 Auburn Tigers --
23 Temple Owls Arrow_down -4
24 Northwestern Wildcats --
25 Minnesota Golden Gophers --
Dropouts: Ohio St. Buckeyes, Oregon Ducks, Alabama Crimson Tide, Iowa Hawkeyes, Houston Cougars, Florida Gators, Pittsburgh Panthers, Texas A&M Aggies, Oregon St. Beavers, Miami Hurricanes, Florida St. Seminoles, California Golden Bears, Missouri Tigers, Arkansas Razorbacks, Stanford Cardinal, Air Force Falcons, Tulsa Golden Hurricane

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Here's my methodology. Rule #1: I make exceptions to all of the following rules, as I see fit, except for Rule #2. Rule #2: for at least one week, the winner of a game must outrank the loser of the same game. Rule #3A: We cannot measure a team's quality until it beats a quality opponent. (I understand that the "quality opponent" is subjective, and I've gotten over it. So should you.) Rule #3B: Beating a 2A team is usually a meaningless exercise.

So: Boise State beat the highest quality opponent this week, and because there are no other relevant weeks in the mix, it's an easy choice which team takes the top spot. I think Pitt, Oregon State, Cincinnati, and Connecticut were the next best teams to be beaten, and so the teams that beat those teams fill out the top five on my ballot. I made exceptions to my three rules to rank Virginia Tech (a loser this week, but to the highest quality opponent) and Temple (which beat a 2A team, but the defending champ 2A team, and crosstown rival, which had a three-game winning streak going into 2010, including a win over the 9-win Temple of '09).