Meet Two AP Top 25 Voters Who Rank Auburn No. 1 over FSU, Ohio State

Randy ChambersAnalyst IDecember 1, 2013

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30:  Ryan Smith #24 of the Auburn Tigers yells to an official as he and Jonathan Jones #3 react after Smith recovered a blocked punt in the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After another crazy week of college football, voters had the tall order of ranking the best teams in the country. We know it's not Alabama after a loss to Auburn, so the most popular picks would have been Florida State and Ohio State. After all, those are the two undefeated teams at the moment.

Most hopped on board with the Seminoles in the latest AP Poll, but there were two writers who fell in love with Auburn.

Uh, what? Ohio State didn't receive a single first-place vote, but Auburn earned two out of the 60.

Let's meet the two voters who decided to go against the grain.


Scott Wolf

Affiliation: Los Angeles Daily News


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Scott Wolf has no shame in his game. He even went ahead and tweeted his top five to nearly 12,000 followers:

Needless to say, the reactions weren't positive. Most were shocked, some respectfully disagreed and others claimed SEC bias. Ah, yes. If you like an SEC team, you're automatically tied to the conference in some shape or form.

Truthfully, Wolf probably could not care less about the SEC. In fact, he covers USC on the other side of the country. I'm assuming that he's so tied up with what the Trojans are going to do coaching-wise that he hasn't even had time to watch Florida State play this season. Yeah, that's got to be it.

But if that isn't the case, Wolf has had the privilege of being blessed by some incredible football teams over the years. If there's one guy who is familiar with quality football, it's got to be him, right? Then again, USC hasn't had a terrific team in the last few years. Still, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.


Joe Giglio

Affiliation: The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.


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What kind of traitor is this guy?

He covers North Carolina sports and ends up dissing Florida State. What happened to one for all and all for one? The Tar Heels aren't doing much this season, but the Seminoles have a chance to make history, so you should pick them! 

Well, at least that's how most fans think.

While I'm sure he's getting a lot of backlash for his vote, he did take time to explain his reasoning in his most recent column for the News & Observer:

When you look at the whole picture, no team has done more this season than Auburn (11-1) and that’s why I have the Tigers ranked No. 1. The Tigers have the best win, 34-28 over previous No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, and the best combination of wins (they also beat Texas A&M and Georgia).

Tough to argue with that logic. Not to mention Auburn is pulling this off with a first-year head coach in Gus Malzahn. It's hard not to like what the Tigers have done this season and the competition they've faced each week.

Hey, maybe Auburn really does deserve to be considered the best team in college football.

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