When drafting my BlogPoll ballot this week, I started with a clean white piece of paper.
I didn't look at any ballots, whether my previous ones or anyone else's current or former ones, and I didn't look at any rankings, whether by coaches, sportswriters, or webloggers. Instead, I started from two sets of data: a list of the undefeated teams in Division I-A and a list of the college football teams with one loss. I ranked them separately, putting all the unbeatens in order in one column and all the once-beatens in order in the other, then I merged the two lists.
Here are the results at which I arrived:
My explanation will follow later, but, for now, feel free to offer your constructive criticisms in the comments below.