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Pollin': Final 2012-13 Blog Poll and SEC Power Poll Ballots

Alabama takes their rightful claim to the number one spot.

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This is, for the most part, pretty self explanatory. Teams which won their bowl games jumped up, and teams which lost theirs dropped. The number of spots in their delta is largely based on their postseason performances versus their regular season performances and expectations. This is entirely subjective but, hey, so is the brunt of our college football "championship" system anyway (And, no, I in no way mean to suggest that Alabama is not the best team in football, rather that the system is somewhat arbitrary and dumb adding both to its appeal and its imperfections.)

The real trick was deciding what to do with teams like Louisville, LSU, Northern Illinois, Michigan, and so forth. I think I did a fair enough job, with perhaps Florida being ranked one spot above Louisville being the only decision I remain ambivalent over.

The Cup's final SEC Power Poll ballot goes like this:

  1. Alabama
  2. Texas A&M
  3. Georgia (really, TAMU and UGA are pretty much tied in my eyes)
  4. South Carolina
  5. Florida
  6. LSU
  7. Vanderbilt
  8. Ole Miss
  9. Schtuyte
  10. Arkansas
  11. Mizzou
  12. Tennessee
  13. Auburn
  14. Kentucky
What say you?