Florida's run to the top five of the fictional National College Football Consensus Rankings continues with the Week 7 BlogPoll. The Gators move up six spots, from No. 11 to No. 5, tying for the second-largest leap of the week with Texas A&M (and falling well short of the 13 spots Iowa State rose after defeating TCU), and earn nine first-place votes, second only to Alabama in that regard.
Here's the breakdown of Florida votes. And here's a section of the BlogPoll breakdown that I am repurposing for obvious reasons:
Other unlikely Florida No. 1 votes come from Florida State blog Tomahawk Nation, Miami blog The 7th Floor, and from SEC blog Team Speed Kills, jointly run by a Florida fan and a South Carolina fan; in a week when their teams each got first-place love, Kansas State blog Bring On The Cats and Notre Dame blog One Foot Down threw their lot in with Florida, too.
Does this all seem a little strange, with Florida getting rewarded by fans who would have the best reasons not to reward it? Yeah. But the beauty of the BlogPoll is that there are a lot of voters who genuinely care about merit, and, on the merits, Florida may have the nation's best résumé, given that the Gators have a win over the highest-ranked one-loss team and are the only squad with two wins over teams currently ranked in the BlogPoll.