The newly-minted blogpoll is out, and as most of you might expect, the Alabama Crimson Tide, by virtue of their impressive dismantling of the formerly highly-regarded Michigan Wolverines have taken the top spot, not with a whimper, but with a snarl and snatch (picturing a pachyderm snarling and snatching makes for an interesting, if illogical, mental image). Some don't agree, but they are mostly West-coasters, SEC haters, and non-conformists. The reality is, Alabama was much the best in week 1. That is a fact, and it is essentially undisputed.
You'll find the odd vote for another team in first place other than the USC Trojans, who is the top choice after the Tide, and they are, by my lights, a fair choice (you can find my ballot here for comparison). I thought much more highly of the Stanford Cardinal, for example, and still believe in Boise St. despite their narrow loss at Michigan St. I was less impressed with West Virginia than the voters were, on balance. Tennessee? Really?
Be that as it may, you'll want to take a look at the analysis in the link above for fun and enlightenment. I was a little surprised to see Barking Carnival win a shoo-in for the biggest homers of the week, I just didn't expect to see them there. Garnet and Black Attack were the only SEC blog represented in the homer group, but by a fairly modest score.
I also find it remarkable that the Big Ten blogs completely dominate the Mr. Numb Existence category. What does that say? Well, many think the B1G a staid, unimaginative place, so perhaps that's reflected in the conservatism of their sites' vote, I don't know. You will notice that the Kentucky Wildcats are not in the poll, and if that surprises you, consult your physician. I note that Louisville is there, and that saddens me, even more so because I was reluctantly forced to include them in by ballot at gunpoint by a guy in a Louisville football uniform with an Uzi and cell phone.
The poll may be found after the jump, and your comments, should you care to allow any, will find themselves in the usual place.
Results Post-Week 1
SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Rankings 2011