Meet 5 AP Top 25 Voters Who Rank FSU No. 1 over Alabama After Week 12

Randy ChambersAnalyst INovember 17, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 16: Florida State Seminoles fans hold up a sign calling for a matchup with Alabama late in the game against the Syracuse Orange at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State won 59-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that Alabama remains the best team in the country. After back-to-back national championships and a 10-0 record this season, some voters are even scared to consider picking another team to hold the top spot.

Not five voters in the recent AP Poll.

Nope, five writers were brave enough to walk on the wild side and give the Seminoles their first-place vote. That's two more than last week. It's becoming quite clear that Jimbo Fisher's team is starting to rub off on more and more people.

Let's meet the select few who don't believe the Crimson Tide are the best team in college football.


Kirk Bohls

Affiliation: Austin American-Statesman


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Bohls is a Texas guy, and he has been his whole life. He graduated from the University of Texas and has pretty much covered Texas sports his entire journalism career. No SEC bias here.

However, there have been rumors of Alabama head coach Nick Saban leaving for the Longhorns. Maybe this is his way of getting Saban to leave Tuscaloosa? After all, we all know how the veteran coach loves a challenge.

Or maybe Bohls has seen so much bad football over the last few years with the Longhorns that he actually forgot what winning football is all about.

Maybe one day Texas will climb to the top of the totem pole. With or without Saban on the sidelines.


Mitch Vingle

Affiliation: The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette


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OK, bad football has to be the reason Vingle has Florida State as the top team in the country. He is unfortunate enough to cover West Virginia. Watching a team lose five of the last six games and fall short of a bowl appearance for the first time since 2001 can drive you mad.

The Mountaineers just lost to Kansas!

I almost forgot the Jayhawks had a football team in the middle of November with basketball in full swing.

Yeah, it's pretty bad.

Well, at least no crazy SEC fan can run around with the bias chants.


Tom Murphy

Affiliation: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock


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Finally! We have some SEC bias going on.

Murphy is just being loyal to Arkansas by voting for Florida State. He knows that the Razorbacks have lost the last seven games against the Crimson Tide, including a 52-0 beatdown this season. It's his way of providing payback.

If only it were that simple.

Murphy actually covered Alabama sports for 10 years before taking on the Arkansas beat. From 1998 to 2007, he witnessed the Crimson Tide stink it up under various head coaches. If only he would have stayed a little longer for the good stuff.

Maybe he's just angry? Or maybe he really believes Florida State is the better team.



Scott Rabalais

Affiliation: The Advocate


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More hate coming from the SEC?

Rabalais covers LSU, a program that is hated rivals with Alabama. It's also the school that lost the 2011 national championship to the Crimson Tide and suffered a 38-17 loss this season. It goes without saying that Alabama has LSU's number as of late.

Jealous much?

Not hardly. Rabalais obviously wasn't impressed with the way Alabama played against Mississippi State last week:

And that explains it. Alabama only beat Mississippi State by 13 points, which isn't exactly great for the resume. It clearly has swayed a few voters in Florida State's direction.


Josh Kendall

Affiliation: The State, Columbia S.C.


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Hey, what do you know?

Another SEC writer voting against Alabama. This time it's Kendall, who is a South Carolina beat writer for

It's hard to argue with this ranking because Kendall knows all too well about grossly talented teams that underachieve. South Carolina was taken to the wire by Florida. So if anybody should be able to spot the main difference between Florida State and Alabama, it's him.

The good news is that as long as both of these teams continue to win, whether you have them at No. 1 or No. 2, they'll both participate in this year's national championship.