Associated Press poll voter has extremely unique ballot in Week 13
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
That’s the beauty of college football. Opinions are heard and cases are made. That’s the reality of a system that doesn’t allow for everyone to play each other.
Some opinions, however, are atypical.
Take Josh Kendall, who covers South Carolina football for The State newspaper in South Carolina. Kendall has an Associated Press vote, and frankly, he’s not afraid to go off the beaten path.
Check out his ballot from Sunday morning:
— mgoblog (@mgoblog) November 21, 2016
About the only thing that appears to fit conventional thinking is Alabama at No. 1. Other than than, it’s about as wild as it gets, especially with the B1G teams. Having both Wisconsin and Penn State at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, is surprising.
Kendall apparently decided to ignore head-to-head B1G results altogether. Wisconsin fell to both Ohio State and Michigan. Where did he have those two teams? At No. 5 and No. 9, respectively. And Penn State was walloped by the Wolverines, yet Kendall has the Lions six spots ahead of them.
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There’s also his placement of Oklahoma at No. 4. Ohio State, as you’ll recall, crushed Oklahoma in Norman. But he has the Buckeyes coming in behind the Sooners.
Why the craziness? Kendall is obviously subscribing to the “what have you looked like in the last month” approach. All five of his teams in the top six have won at least four games in a row.
Still, Kendall’s ballot was certainly an outlier. Perhaps that was one of the reasons that the B1G put three teams in the top five of the AP poll for the first time in 56 years.
Maybe Kendall doesn’t have many more ballots like this one left.
I'm in. Thinking of resigning my as voter immediately. https://t.co/2rlC3rEBB3
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) November 13, 2016
Whatever the case, the only poll that actually matters comes out at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday night.