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CRFF BlogPoll Ballot | Week 5, Some separation

Methodology at end of post.

After 4 weeks of hateful emails, having my credibility questioned, and ranking Baylor way higher than anyone ever should, the resume method begins to makes sense.  Usually by the 1st or 2nd week of conference play any resume method will start to prove itself, and this is no different. On to the quick explanation.

Rule 1 states that all undefeated teams will be ranked first, and there are 21 of them right now (including Boise, sorry Houston, no room for you), then there were a scant 4 spots that the best 1-loss teams could claim.  I went with Oregon, West Virginia, A&M, and ASU as they all have pretty respectable losses, and have played well in their wins.

As for the ordering of the 21 undefeateds, I think I'll just stick to the anomalies. Clemson has 2 great wins. They are an ugly team at times and seem destined to go on a 3 game skid at some point, but right now they have 2 great wins. Baylor and ISU are still riding their marquee victories, 9 though 16 are all basically interchangeable as they are all up-and-down teams that have played marginal competition, while 17-21 haven't played anyone.

Jump for ballot and methodology.


The CRFF BlogPoll Methodology
There are a few steps we go through to break the teams into different tiers, then rank them within their tier.

Step 1: We rank all the teams from BCS-AQ conferences in order of record.  All undefeated teams go to the top, then the one loss teams, then the two loss teams, then... you know how counting works. So at no point - EVER - will any team be ranked above a team that has a better overall record.

Step 2: Non BCS-AQ teams can be dropped into each tier at CRFF's discretion. If we think Boise State is good enough to be in the undefeated tier with the BCS schools, they go in, if we deem then not good enough, they are out of the poll completely.

Step 3: We rank within the record tiers. This is where it gets subjective, although we try to standardize it a little. The ranking within the record tiers is based purely on resume. Whichever team has got to this record tier by beating the best opponents will be the first seed in this tier.  Of course, the "who they beat" part is pretty subjective, but at some point you have to rank based on what we watch each week right?