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The Week 4 QuackPoll Watched WarGames Too Many Times

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The only way to win is not to play.

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

It's really no question in this poll's collective mind that Oregon and Florida State are the two best teams in the nation, with Oregon's win over Michigan State, as well as some home-team biases, slotting them comfortably in at #1 with 8 out a possible 10 first-place votes. In week 3, Oregon had no trouble with Wyoming, and Florida State lost Jameis Winston for the first half of their biggest regular season game of the year during their matchup with BYE. Let's see who the voters think handled their week 3 opponent better.

Rank Name Points Change
1 Oregon (6) 246 0
2 Florida State (4) 236 0
3 Oklahoma 219 +6
4 Texas A&M 211 +1
T-5 Alabama 198 +1
T-5 Baylor 198 +3
7 LSU 192 0
8 Auburn 190 +3
9 Notre Dame 152 +1
10 Ole Miss 146 +2
11 Arizona State 130 +3
12 Michigan State 114 +2
13 South Carolina 107 +13
14 Georgia 98 -11
15 Stanford 95 +2
16 UCLA 90 0
17 Missouri 87 +4
18 BYU 74 +1
19 Kansas State 45 +4
20 Wisconsin 43 +2
T-21 Nebraska 34 n/a
T-21 Ohio State 34 +7
T-21 Utah 34 +3
24 Duke 33 n/a
25 California 27 -1

Also Receiving Votes: Arizona (26), Marshall (24), USC (23), Oklahoma State (22), Clemson (17), Pittsburgh (15), East Carolina (13), North Carolina (11), Mississippi State (6), Penn State (5)

Dropped Out of the Polls: USC, Virginia Tech, Louisville

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So, by virtue of not taking the field last Saturday, Florida State picked up two first-place votes, and cuts the deficit between them and Oregon in half. Curious. I won't name the two people that flipped their Oregon #1 votes in for FSU, but I can assume that Oregon's DOMination of Wyoming just wasn't enough, AND they were hoping to see the more of the Oregon BRAND ON the turf of the endzone.

Drunk Voter: Chris Jones, for voting USC above Arizona State and Kansas State, and for trying to vote LSU and Ole Miss twice. YOUR SEC BIAS WILL NOT FLY HERE, SIR!

Lazy Voter: Ryan Dosen took his Top 13 from last week, took out Georgia and USC, and scooted everyone else up. He probably had things to do this week. Don't hate the player, hate the game.

Sheep Voter: Brandon Levesque and the AP poll have exactly the same top-4, and the same top 9 teams in a slightly different order. A lack of divergence from the AP poll is, while probably pretty smart, the easiest way to get the sheep voter award.

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THE BIAS LIST

Blogger Loves Hates
Tako Arizona State (#5) UCLA (unranked)
Chris USC (#16) Arizona State (#17)
Brandon LSU (#5) Ole Miss (unranked)
Ryan Oklahoma (#3) Kansas State (unranked)
Rusty Arizona (#16) BYU (#25)
Sean G. Baylor (#4) Missouri (#25)
Sean L. Michigan State (#10) Nebraska (unranked)
Dave Ole Miss (#3) Alabama (#11)
Dom UCLA (#8) Texas A&M (#11)
Noah Wisconsin (#13) South Carolina (#22)

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QuackPoll games of the week:

#8 Auburn @ #19 Kansas State (Thursday night)

Clemson @ #2 Florida State (Jameis Winston suspended for the first half)

Mississippi State @ #7 LSU

#25 Cal @ Arizona

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Award History:

Drunk: Rusty, Brandon, Tako, Chris

Lazy: Dave, Ryan, Sean G. and Noah, Ryan

Sheep: Larson, Larson, Brandon, Brandon