In the strictest technical sense, this is no longer news, since you have heard about it from SB Nation Atlanta, Team Speed Kills, and (very likely) other sources, as well, but it warrants amplification that the 2010 preseason college football BlogPoll has been released:
For the benefit of those of you who prefer text to graphics, the Alabama Crimson Tide claimed the top spot with 87 first-place votes, trailed by the No. 2 Ohio St. Buckeyes (19), No. 3 Boise St. Broncos (3), No. 4 Florida Gators (1), No. 5 Texas Longhorns (3), and No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners (3). Also appearing in the top 25 are the 21st-ranked Georgia Bulldogs, who follow the 15th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and 19th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks but stand in front of the 23rd-ranked Auburn Tigers.
Dawg Sports, true to a Red and Black tradition that includes such accomplished poor-mouthers as Wally Butts, Vince Dooley, and Larry Munson, claimed the Straight Bangin’ Award by leaving the Bulldogs out of the top 25 altogether. My negative bias against Georgia was 5.66; the second-place finisher for recognition as the blogger who was least sanguine about his team’s chances was down on his squad by a paltry 0.85, by comparison. Is this good news for the ‘Dawgs? Probably not, according to BlogPoll proprietor Brian Cook:
Without actual losses to send fans into a cycle of self-loathing, most of these entries are tiny margins representing little other than the voter being a spot off. The one exception is Dawg Sports totally omitting No. 21 Georgia from its ballot.
Unfortunately for Dawg Sports, the poll has not rewarded humility like it has punished cockiness. Ranking Georgia Tech seven spots above Georgia guarantees nothing.