The Associated Press poll will come out today around lunch time, and one of the most frequent questions I got yesterday on my chat (transcript here) was: Where will South Carolina and Clemson be slotted?
The Gamecocks started the season No. 6 compared to the Tigers' No. 8, and several South Carolina faithful seem worried Clemson is going to jump their team this week thanks to the Tigers' 38-35 win over No. 5 Georgia in prime time on Saturday night.
There's a belief among many Gamecocks I talk to that the “national media” has a love affair with the Tigers (and I’m sure Scott Van Pelt’s piece on GameDay didn’t ease their concerns in their department), but I don’t think that’s exactly right.
I think what the “national media” is looking for is somebody new to come on the scene and give them a new story, and the Tigers fit the bill, at least this week. So, will South Carolina move up and take the No. 5 spot the Bulldogs are sure to lose or will Clemson jump the Gamecocks and take that No. 5 spot, leaving South Carolina at No. 6? My guess is that the Tigers will, in fact, jump South Carolina, but that’s just a guess.
I’m not sure I’m supposed to do this, but I’m going to go ahead and show you guys the ballot I submitted late last night after the Florida State-Pittsburgh game, but before we get to that, let’s take a look at my performance last week.
What’d I get right?
Well, I didn’t have Nebraska ranked, which looks pretty smart after the Huskers got all they could handle from Wyoming in a 37-34 win. I’ve been higher on LSU than most people, and they still look super athletic.
What’d I get wrong?
Georgia at No. 3? Ugh. I had Oregon State ranked at No. 25, which didn’t make me that much of an outlier (you can see how my ballot stacks up with other folks here), we were all snowed by our love of Mike Riley, who takes his team to In-N-Out Burger after wins and seems like a swell guy. In case you missed it, the Beavers lost 49-46 to Eastern Washington on Saturday.
In other news around the SEC, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin addressed what we talked about Friday, whether or not wide receiver Jordan Matthews should have returned to the field so quickly after vomiting. Mostly, Franklin just passed the buck, saying the decision was made by the medical staff.
“Joker was better!”? Ouch. Western Kentucky fans taunted Mark Stoops by chanting that during Western’s win over Kentucky this week. Stoops seems to have handled it well during his Monday news conference, acknowledging his team has no real identity right now.
Tony Barnhart says Johnny Manziel should be suspended another game for being a jerk. Raise your hand if you’re tired of the Johnny Football story?
My AP Top 25 poll for Sept. 2
4. South Carolina
6. Ohio State
9. Florida State
11. Notre Dame
14. Texas A&M
17. Oklahoma State
22. Southern Cal