Preseason College Football BlogPoll Released: Alabama Crimson Tide Consensus No. 1; Georgia Bulldogs in at No. 21

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:

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

Results for Week 1

# School Points/blog SD Delta
1 Alabama Crimson Tide (87) 24.5 1.05 --
2 Ohio St. Buckeyes (19) 23.3 1.60 --
3 Boise St. Broncos (3) 21.0 2.93 --
4 Florida Gators (1) 20.8 2.29 --
5 Texas Longhorns (3) 20.7 2.88 --
6 Oklahoma Sooners (3) 18.7 4.97 --
7 TCU Horned Frogs 18.1 4.22 --
8 Virginia Tech Hokies 18.0 3.76 --
9 Iowa Hawkeyes 15.9 3.43 --
10 Nebraska Cornhuskers 15.8 4.22 --
11 Oregon Ducks 14.7 4.05 --
12 Miami Hurricanes 12.8 4.00 --
13 Wisconsin Badgers 12.5 4.63 --
14 Pittsburgh Panthers 8.8 5.01 --
15 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 8.1 5.05 --
16 Penn St. Nittany Lions 7.9 4.50 --
17 North Carolina Tar Heels 7.2 5.17 --
18 USC Trojans 7.2 6.63 --
19 Arkansas Razorbacks 6.7 4.22 --
20 LSU Tigers 5.9 4.67 --
21 Georgia Bulldogs 5.7 4.85 --
22 Florida St. Seminoles 5.6 4.49 --
23 Auburn Tigers 5.2 4.87 --
24 Oregon St. Beavers 3.8 4.24 --
25 Utah Utes 2.7 3.67 --
Others Receiving Votes: West Virginia Mountaineers | Cincinnati Bearcats | Houston Cougars | Stanford Cardinal | Connecticut Huskies | Arizona Wildcats | South Carolina Gamecocks | Notre Dame Fighting Irish | Washington Huskies | BYU Cougars | Clemson Tigers | Missouri Tigers | Texas A&M Aggies | Boston College Eagles | Navy Midshipmen | California Golden Bears | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Michigan St. Spartans | Temple Owls | Oklahoma St. Cowboys | Northwestern Wildcats | South Florida Bulls | Middle Tenn. St. Blue Raiders | Mississippi Rebels | Rutgers Scarlet Knights | SMU Mustangs | Central Michigan Chippewas | Air Force Falcons | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | UAB Blazers | Michigan Wolverines | Dixie State Rebels | Southern Miss. Golden Eagles
Updated: Aug 26, 2010 10:35 AM EDT

SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Top 25 Rankings "

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.

Go ‘Dawgs!

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