Oh yeah, about that James Franklin Notre Dame ranking…

NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at Mississippi

James Franklin upset the masses last month when he voted Notre Dame 4th behind three SEC teams in his season-ending coaches poll.

After getting some love on Twitter Monday night after Alabama crushed the Fighting Irish, Franklin said the following:

“Again, I wasn’t doing it out of disrespect to anybody else,” he said. “It was just an opinion based on film and research that I had done throughout the year, and my respect for this conference.”

Kudos to Franklin for not being afraid to vote how he wanted. In hindsight, he obviously looks good regardless of his intentions. Unfortunately, most polling is nothing more than groupthink – voters voting the way other voters do.

In other news, Vanderbilt finished the season ranked for the first time since 1948.



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  • The two biggest winners of the night besides Alabama were Katherine Webb and James Franklin. Franklin also voted his team #17 on his final ballott. There’s no doubt in my mind that Vandy would have given that Irish team that showed up in Miami a run for their money that night.

  • He also had Florida ranked…and we see how that worked out.

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