The Alabama Crimson Tide stole the college football headlines in Week 3, as they went on the road to a hostile Kyle Field and topped BCS title contender Texas A&M. However, despite the victory over a Top 6 opponent, one Associated Press Top 25 voter wasn't impressed.
That voter is Dave Reardon of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. For the second week in a row, Reardon tabbed Oregon as No. 1. The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors beat writer was the only one of 60 AP Top 25 voters to take a team other than the Tide at No. 1 in the Week 4 poll.
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While his selection of Oregon isn't incredibly bemusing in and of itself, his explanation from the week prior makes his choice downright perplexing.
After selecting UO at No. 1 in the Week 3 poll, Reardon published a brief explanation of his choice, entitled "Ducks No. 1 ... for now." In the post, he revealed his thinking behind the vote, but also said that he would likely put the Tide back at No. 1 if they topped the Aggies this week:
The Ducks' stay at No. 1 may be brief, since I will likely put Alabama back there if it beats Texas A&M next week.
According to voting guidelines this is supposed to be about who is best right now, and Oregon looked tremendous against Virginia.
Alabama literally did nothing since it had a bye. Not their fault, true. But the Tide offensive line was a little shaky against VaTech last week and I didn't notice any weaknesses for Oregon (well, I concede that 119 yards in penalties leaves room for improvement) in its 59-10 crushing of Virginia on the road this week.
To his credit, Oregon looked excellent once again in a 59-14 dismantling of Tennessee. The Ducks have now outscored their three opponents 184-27 this season, putting them at No. 2 in scoring offense and No. 4 in scoring defense nationally.
During Oregon's victory over the Volunteers, Reardon expressed his amazement at the efficiency of the UO offense on Twitter:
Point is being driven into the ground, but he's right. Makes no sense to keep punting to Oregon. Doesn't matter where Ducks get ball.— Dave Reardon (@dave_reardon) September 14, 2013
As impressive as those figures are, Oregon hasn't exactly done it against top-flight competition. UO's three opponents—Virginia, Tennessee and Nicholls State—all had losing records in 2012.
Meanwhile, Alabama showed incredible resolve as it fell behind 14-0 early in at a boisterous Kyle Field, only to post the next 35 points and cruise to a relatively comfortable victory against the No. 6 team in the nation. All the while, the Crimson Tide dealt with arguably the best quarterback-wide receiver duo in Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans.
One particularly fervent Alabama fan reached out to Reardon on Twitter to politely let him know that he disagrees with his voting:
@dave_reardon BAMA #2? smh, what a joke.— back 2 back (@Sabear_) September 15, 2013
Reardon's poll didn't show any other West Coast bias, as Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Arizona State were all ranked consistent with the poll's other voters.
Perhaps Oregon's explosive offense just brings Reardon back to the days when Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan was slinging it around Aloha Stadium to the tune of 43 points per game.