Every Monday, we post our first draft of the Blogpoll. This is especially therapeutic this Monday, since no one really wants to talk about Ole Miss. Things are all a little funky, since the biggest game of the week has yet to be played. What to do? The team that wins the Boise State - Virginia Tech deserves to be the top-ranked team in the country, based on our "resume-ranking" system. Of course, they cannot both be there. So, for the draft, we will assume that the Hokies win tonight because that is the prediction I made for the Pick 'Em. That being said, until there have been enough games played to get a good read, strict resume ranking creates funky results, like ranking Fresno State in the Top 10 for their quality win over Cincinnati. So, for this week, we'll try to rank using equal parts resume and expectation. Next week, we'll try to move that to 75/25. After the third week, we hope to be ranking solely by resume. Our ballot and brief commentary follow after the jump.
This ballot assumes that Virginia Tech wins tonight. Only Boise State got a vote in the "resume" ballot with a (projected) loss at #25. No other 0-1 teams got credit. If Boise wins tonight, they'll move to #1 on the resume ballot and VT will move to #25. And teams who won their first game were ranked by the best win, which explains LSU's rise and Florida's fall. My Top 10 by resume are Virginia Tech, Utah, LSU, TCU, BYU, Michigan, Fresno State, So. Carolina, Notre Dame, and Jacksonville State, which lets you know exactly how weak the first week was in terms of quality wins. Put an asterik by Missouri, because Jacksonville State would have entered the poll at #19 if SBNation so allowed. The Top 10 by reputation is Ohio State, TCU, Bama, VT, Texas, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, Florida, and Oklahoma.
Remembering that this ballot will be 50/50 on resume and reputation, critiques are welcome.