Meet AP Top 25 Voters Who Think Clemson, Oregon and OSU Are Better Than Alabama

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIISeptember 8, 2013

Aug 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) and head coach Nick Saban react after defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game at the Georgia Dome. Alabama won 35-10.  Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports
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The Week 3 Associated Press Top 25 rankings were released Sunday afternoon with no surprise at the top, as two-time defending BCS champion Alabama remained at No. 1 ahead of its clash with Texas A&M.

However, three voters waived their non-conformist flags and voted against the mighty Crimson Tide, as Oregon, Ohio State and Clemson each garnered a first-place vote.

Though Alabama took the remaining 57 first-place votes in one of the biggest landslides since Ronald Reagan's blowout of Walter Mondale in the 1984 presidential election. 

With Nick Saban's squad as the obvious choice for the pole position in the college football polls, why did three voters snub the Tide?


Doug Lesmerises

Affiliation: Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Twitter: @DougLesmerises

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At first glance, Cleveland Plain-Dealer and Ohio State beat writer Doug Lesmerises' AP Top 25 ballot looks completely off the wall.

Alabama checks in at No. 5 behind LSU, Michigan and Miami and Clemson comes in at No. 1.

However, his voting philosophy seemed to be based on the present and what teams have done in 2013, rather than how they finished in 2012.

Clemson, with a win over Georgia, clearly has the best looking win of the season.

Despite being grounded in logic, Lesmerises and his poll have been absolutely trashed on Twitter, including some less-than-professional criticism from a fellow sports writer:

While his voting style is far from conventional, perhaps more voters should follow Lesmerises' lead.

After all, teams are only as good as their record.


Dave Reardon

Affiliation: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Twitter: @Dave_Reardon

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One might think Dave Reardon's selection of Oregon at No. 1 reeks of West Coast bais, but that doesn't seem to be the case for his overall ballot.

Stanford checks in at a modest No. 5, with the next Pac-12 Conference team, UCLA, coming in at No. 15. From there, No. 20 Washington and No. 24 Arizona State both have reasonable rankings as well.

Oregon has looked fantastic in its first two games, outscoring Nicholls State and Virginia by a combined score of 125-13.

The internet had mercy on the Hawaii beat writer, unlike with some of the other voters who didn't select Alabama No. 1.

Further mystifying Reardon's choice was that he didn't seem to have his eyes fixed on the Ducks Saturday. He spent the night covering Hawaii's win over UCLA—in volleyball.


Bob Asmussen 

Affiliation: Champagne (Ill.) News Gazette

Twitter: @BobAsmussen

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At least Bob Asmussen is consistent.

The Illinois beat writer has stuck with Ohio State at No. 1 since the preseason and is holding strong through the Week 3 polls.

Some might also remember that Asmussen also picked Michigan No. 1 in last year's preseason AP poll.

As for this season, it appears as though Asmussen may be starting to lean toward Alabama. He said on Twitter that the Crimson Tide looked great in their opener and later revealed his anticipation for the upcoming Alabama-Texas A&M clash in College Station, Texas.

If the Tide can win in the Lone Star State, look for OSU to lose its first-place vote from Asmussen.