If you think I'm wrong about any of my choices, by all means, take the time to make a persuasive case in the comments below, as my mind remains open to the possibility of being changed. (Sadly, although I take good-natured kidding in the spirit in which it is intended, I am not at liberty to add nominees that did not make the final cut.)
The next four categories up for consideration are these: Best New Blog, Best Looking Blog, Best Photoshop, and Best Recurring Feature.
Is there any serious question that the winner of this category ought to be Black Heart Gold Pants? A passel of quality bloggers (and frequent Every Day Should Be Saturday commenters) came together under one roof to create a weblog that is greater than the sum of its parts. Oops Pow Surprise's bowl preview alone---featuring the phrase "Knowshon Moreno, whose name cannot possibly be improved upon"---put everyone's favorite Iowans over the top.
O.K., make that everyone's second-favorite Iowans!
Best Looking Blog
The look of Buckeye Commentary is uncluttered and clean, but I'm not inclined to give a C.F.B.A. as a lovely parting gift. (Hey, we ain't handing out an Oscar or a coach of the year trophy here! You get a C.F.B.A. the old-fashioned way . . . you earn it!)
Eleven Warriors appears to me to be an even more spare version of Buckeye Commentary, but, by far, the best-looking thing I saw there was Erin Andrews. Inasmuch as the divine Miss Andrews clearly is the most aesthetically appealing thing ever to have come out of Gainesville, Fla., I couldn't very well reward Orange and Blue Hue.
Although MGoBlog has done a fine job of changing its appearance to meet prevailing circumstances (e.g., pink borders and kitten pictures after the Appalachian State loss, followed by an emu before Notre Dame and Ronald Reagan after the Wolverines' season began to turn around) and Rocky Top Talk is the master of all things internet-based and mobile, I'm going to recognize Gate 21, which manages to have a lot going on without being overly busy and succeeds in doing the impossible . . . namely, making orange appear anything other than repulsive.
There certainly is some fine photographic work being done out there---LSUFreek is what his name says he is---but, for me, the simplest sight gags are the best and Mr2Cents's commentary on Bob Stoops's B.C.S. bowl prowess, vel non, truly is a picture that's worth a thousand words.
Personally, I'd have gone with the thousand-word approach myself, but, hey, to each his own. . . .
The Fulmer Cup is funny, the Animated BlogPoll is amazing, and, if Holly isn't your favorite Tennessee fan (particularly after a Volunteer loss), your priorities are in serious need of readjustment. Nevertheless, there is no time better spent anywhere in the blogosphere than the time you spend reading Life on the Margins.