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Bulldogs Check in at No. 22 in New BlogPoll

This week's BlogPoll has been released and I am pleased to report that my latest ballot once again has me back to winning friends and influencing people . . . and not just because distaff bloggers think Georgia's kicker is cute.

From what they tell me, that Billy Bennett is pretty dreamy, too, Ladies . . .

Louisiana State holds fast to the No. 1 ranking, but the Bayou Bengals' edge over surging Southern California is slight. L.S.U. garnered 34 first-place votes to the Trojans' 27, with No. 3 Oklahoma getting one nod for the top spot and No. 4 Florida pulling down a trio of top rankings.

Also of interest here in Bulldog Nation is the fact that South Carolina is 14th, Alabama is 15th, Kentucky is 17th, and Georgia is 22nd. Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and Troy all received votes, as well, from the 65 BlogPollsters.

On a personal note, I finished third in the running for Mr. Bold (which "goes to the voter with the ballot most divergent from the poll at large"), second in the running for the Straight Bangin' Award (which goes to the blogger with the "lowest bias rating" in favor of his own team), and first in the running for Mr. Manic-Depressive (which recognizes the ballot that changed the most from last week to this).

I'm pretty sure that, if the BlogPoll were being run by the folks over at Scientific American Mind, that last one would be called "Mr. Bipolar Mood Disorder."

It is noteworthy that the Coulter/Krugman Award, which recognizes the week's most "shameless homer," has been a reliable predictor of ill fortune looming for the overconfident victor. First the Coulter/Krugman Award went to Bruins Nation, then it went to Ramblin' Racket, and, shortly thereafter, both U.C.L.A. and Georgia Tech were administered severe skunkings.

This week's Coulter/Krugman Award winner? Journalism Is For Rockstars . . . a 'Bama blogger.

I'm calling that a good sign.

Go 'Dawgs!