Warning, be prepared for what will be perceived as abusrdities, as this is the final blogpoll ballot of the 2011 college football season. Let's get on with it. As usual, the explanation of my madness will come after the jump:
- I went with Oklahoma State No. 1 because I cannot in good conscience vote a team No. 1 that couldn't even win its own division.
- LSU stays No. 2 because their overall profile was light years better than Alabama. In the regular season they beat the Orange, Rose, Cotton, and BCS title game winners.
- Alabama goes at No. 3 because it was a complete farce that they were even in the title game, which, in the end, served to make SEC fans argue that a plus 1 scenario would result in yet another rematch.
- Boise State and Houston were robbed of BCS bowls and dominated their overmatched competition. It is just a shame that Boise missed that field goal against TCU, because they would have been an interesting opponent for LSU.
- There is no USC because of their bowl ban, as was established at the beginning of the season. The same will be true next season, as Ohio State will not be eligible on my ballot all year.
- I'm surprised there hasn't been a riot in SEC country to have Arkansas No. 3 because their only losses were to LSU and Alabama.
- The rest of the ballot is throwing crap at the wall, with special attention paid to mid-major bowl winners Northern Illinois, Ohio, and Southern Miss who all finished with 10 plus wins.
- Finally, that is Purdue at No. 25. The Boilers are there for one reason only: to point out the absurdity of the poll system. What is stopping some crazy wealthy alumni of a school from bribing a number of voters to put his or her team No. 1 regardless of record? Unlikely? Yes. Possible? Well, ask T. Boone Pickens where his whereabouts were in getting four No. 1 votes in the AP Poll for Oklahoma State. With enough money applied in the right places even 7-6 Purdue could be a National Champion this year.