This will be my final ballot for Week 6. The people have spoke and GN has listened, I have dropped Wisconsin. This week will decide their fate anyway. Should they beat Penn State on Saturday there will be no debate that they belong back in the top 25 and should they lose I could no longer justify a ranking after three consecutive losses.
The exciting news surrounding the Blog Poll is that it has been picked up by CBS Sports. This does not mean the Blog Poll is going to be a part of the BCS formula, but it is exciting to be a part of something recognized by the mainstream media. The college football blogosphere is highly diverse and is full of fans who are passionate about their team or just NCAA football in general. One could argue this passion could lead to potential lack of "journalistic integrity" or a produce a bias poll.
But the beauty of the Blog Poll is the transparency of it. You see my top 25 before it is officially submitted. Everyone gets a chance to rip me, change my mind and make a case for a better team. This will now be amplified as CBS Sports.com readers will now have access to my ballot and will have the opportunity to "set me straight."
In addition to reader participation, Brian at MGOblog.com tracks voter bias and will sternly admonish those who abuse the system. If I were to put Minnesota in the top five without backing my vote with anything other than because I love the Gophers I would be tied to a virtual post and beaten. Everyone votes based on different criteria, but once again the criteria is transparent as opposed to AP and coach voters.
Congratulations to Brian for getting this baby taken mainstream. And with that said, here will be my final ballot for week 6.