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BracketCat analyzes the Week 4 SB Nation BlogPoll.
The 2012 Week 4 BlogPoll, which actually appears in Week 5 and is labeled accordingly even though it chronicles Week 4 results, has been released.
Check out the combined efforts of 90 bloggers below. My brief analysis follows. For statistics about the balloting, click here.
The big upward movers this week were Oregon State and Rutgers (+10), and K-State (+8 and a first-place vote from House of Sparky). The biggest fall belonged to Oklahoma (-11), followed by Clemson (-6).
Otherwise, all remaining adjustments were by no more than three points in either direction. The proliferation of first-place votes for teams other than Alabama probably is the biggest story this week.
Considering the ironclad lock the Crimson Tide had on first place earlier in the season (even exceeding the maximum possible points on one occasion), I'm rather proud of BlogPoll's flexibility on this point.
Unlike traditional polls, BlogPoll isn't beholden to preconceived notions and it constantly re-evaluates. Alabama has lost steam because its four opponents now look collectively awful. The Tide need to beat a ranked SEC team.
I also was glad to see Florida State jump LSU, in addition to Oregon doing so. Still not sure why the "real" polls could not accomplish that.