AP voter has Alabama behind one-loss Louisville
College football fans are always excited to see the new AP poll on Sunday. It’s fun to read (and debate) who the country’s sportswriters think are college football’s top teams.
While the final tally gets the most attention, individual votes can also be of interest. Here’s some of the votes that stand out for different reasons:
- Alabama has an overwhelming majority of No. 1 votes, and would make almost every voter’s playoff four, but Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News isn’t sold on Nick Saban’s squad yet. He ranks the Crimson Tide No. 5, even behind a one-loss Louisville (No. 4).
- The Vols’ biggest believer right now appears to be Rob Long of WJFK 105.7 in Baltimore. Long has Tennessee at No. 5, higher than any other voter.
- Josh Kendall of The State (Columbia, S.C.) is on the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to UT. He has the Vols at No. 13, behind even Ole Miss (No. 10). Ed Johnson of The Albuquerque Journal similarly has the Rebels (No. 9) in front of Tennessee (No. 11). Johnson’s vote is the highest for Ole Miss.
- Texas A&M got top five love from three voters: Joe Dubin (WSMV-TV), Tom Murphy (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) and Brett McMurphy (ESPN).
If your eyes can take it, and your brain doesn’t start looking for Waldo, the votes are represented visually in the following image tweeted by /r/CFB: