SB Nation's college football rankings are live for Week 4, and Alabama has a death grip on the BlogPoll Top 25. The Crimson Tide received 89 of 90 first-place votes.
The only other team to receive a vote? The Stanford Cardinal.
SB nation's Iowa Hawkeyes blog, Black Heart Gold Pants, votes strictly by resume. I question whether Stanford's resume is better, but Patrick Vint of BHGP makes a solid argument:
Stanford has played three teams so far this year: San Jose State, Duke, and USC. Those three teams are 6-0 in games against anyone but Stanford. SJSU pounded Colorado State this weekend. Duke has a 20-point win over Florida International, a team that won eight games a year ago. USC, with wins over Hawaii and Syracuse, was supposed to be a contender to the throne. Stanford's three FBS-level opponents are undefeated in non-Stanford games, a perfect 6-0, and nobody else can say that.
That's an interesting fact, and probably a big reason why Stanford shot up to No. 2 in my rankings this week (1/3rd strength of schedule!).
Speaking of my rankings, I gave you guys the chance to break a tie at No. 25 between Rutgers and Purdue in my spreadsheet. After Purdue jumped on top early, Rutgers had a strong showing throughout the evening, eventually taking 64% of the votes. Lots of Scarlet Knights fans read CougCenter, I guess. That boost did not put The State University of New Jersey into the final BlogPoll.
The full rankings are after the jump. To find ballots by voter, click here. To find the votes by team, go here.
Results for Week 3
SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Rankings 2011