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Blind Test: Which teams should be ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in college football?

by | College Football Blogger

Is Alabama the No. 1 team in the country? Take our test to see. (US Presswire)  
Is Alabama the No. 1 team in the country? Take our test to see. (US Presswire)    

Millions of Americans will head out to their local polling station Tuesday and cast their votes for president. They will also vote in many other elections, both local and national. But none of this is important.

No, what's important on this Election Day is trying to figure out who are the best two teams in college football right now. With five teams (not including ineligible Ohio State), it's just too hard to tell. How is one to decide which team is best without being swayed by the propaganda that's been ubiquitous for months?

Actually, it's not that hard to do.

You might remember that last November there was also a great debate about which team deserved the right to play LSU for the BCS title.

There were many different suitors, so here at the Eye On College Football Blog we offered you a sort of blind taste test. (Oklahoma State easily won as the No. 2 team)

Fan Poll

Which teams should be No. 1 and No. 2?

Team A and Team B
Team A and Team C
Team A and Team D
Team A and Team E
Team B and Team C
Team B and Team D
Team B and Team E
Team C and Team D
Team C and Team E
Team D and Team E

Total Votes: 62,232

We compared the teams in a variety of statistical categories and allowed you to decide on which team was the best without knowing which team was which.

And we're doing it again this year. The difference is you'll be choosing the two teams this year instead of one. You'll have five options: Alabama, Kansas State, Louisville, Notre Dame and Oregon in alphabetical order.

Is that the order they're listed in the chart? We aren't telling!

So take a look at this chart, and vote for what you believe are the two best teams below. It'll be the most important vote you cast today. Each statistic used in the chart will be explained.

Chart Key:

Top 20 W -- This is the number of wins each team has against a team currently ranked in the top 20 of the Sagarin rankings, which is used as part of the BCS formula. Though we used Sagarin's overall rankings, not the rankings he has to use for BCS which removes point differential.

Top 40 W -- This is the number of wins each team has against a team currently ranked in the top 40 of the Sagarin rankings.

Opp. Win percentage -- Exactly what it looks like, the combined winning percentage of every FBS team each team has played. It's important to note that I did not count the games against that particular team. So for example, Team E's opponents had a .479 winning percentage in games not against Team E.

Average Point Diff. -- This is the average point differential in each team's games against FBS opponents. In other words, how many points are you winning your games by on average.

Average Sagarin Rank -- This is the average Sagarin ranking of the FBS opponents each team has played in 2012. The lower this number, the better.

And there you have it. Not only can you see the numbers, but you know what they mean. So which two teams are the best in the country? Let your voice be heard.

So who did you vote for?

Find out the results by clicking here.


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