AP voter who has Alabama at No. 3 in his poll explains himself to Paul Finebaum
All but one AP Poll voter has Alabama as the No. 1 team in the country. The only holdout? Radio host Soren Petro of Kansas City.
Petro has Clemson at No. 1, Georgia at No. 2 and Alabama at No. 3, and was asked to appear on “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Monday to explain his logic.
As you can see below, he said he doesn’t want to penalize Clemson and Georgia for taking care of business against the teams they’ve faced:
“It really goes back to before the season of why I didn’t have Alabama No. 1 to start,” Petro explained. “Because of all the losses on the defensive side of the ball, and it’s also question marks at the quarterback spot. We saw one great half of football from Tua in the championship game, but can he do it game in and game out?
“I liked what Georgia had and depth Clemson had on the defensive line and the schedule Clemson had. Clemson, Georgia and Alabama one, two, three coming into the season. Once the season starts, I’m not just one to run and hide from what I originally put out there. …
“Clemson is going to have to stumble and take a fall before I just wipe them off the map. … And Alabama is going to have to beat somebody of consequence. …
“Until one of them stumbles and until one of them goes out and beats a big-time opponent, to me, I’m not going to penalize Clemson for showing up and doing what they’re supposed to do. I’m not going to penalize Georgia for showing up and doing what they’re supposed to do.”
Finebaum clearly didn’t buy Petro’s argument, or his aggressive attitude.
What do you think of that logic from the Kansas City radio host?