Here was my Associated Press Top 25 ballot for Sunday, Feb. 1, and it presented some difficulties for me in the top 10. The first thing people may say is, “Why did you keep Auburn so high after the loss to Georgia?”
Whether this is good poll logic or not, here’s my reasoning: The Tigers’ loss in Athens was utterly predictable after they’d just experienced such an emotionally exciting victory over Tennessee. I just had a feeling that Auburn was going to be hurt by “victory hangover” at Georgia, no matter how much coach Nell Fortner warned against it.
So I didn’t “punish” Auburn as much as it appears most other voters did. I expect some of you will disagree with my reasoning. Who knows … next week, I might disagree with myself from the week before.
Now, I did this vote Sunday, before Oklahoma’s victory against Tennessee. But that win didn’t change anything except to further show that the Sooners, for now, have given themselves at No. 2 a little separation from the pack.
After that, I could have listed all kinds of different orders for 3-10. But this is what I went with:
Feb. 1 vote
1.Connecticut, 2. Oklahoma, 3. Auburn, 4. Louisville, 5. Duke, 6. Cal, 7. Baylor, 8. Texas A&M, 9. Stanford, 10. Maryland, 11. North Carolina, 12. Tennessee, 13. Florida, 14. Florida State, 15. Ohio State, 16. Vanderbilt, 17. Kansas State, 18. Texas, 19. Virginia, 20. Notre Dame, 21. South Dakota State, 22. Xavier, 23. DePaul, 24. Pittsburgh, 25. Iowa State