I am still a little...a little surprised that so many writers dissed the Vols considering how close they came last year to unseating LSU, resurging against their last opponents, finishing with a top 15 recruiting class and their showing at the Music City Bowl.
Those things alone I believe should have merited a No. 25 spot on the poll. But alas, there were a few other teams that didn't make the list. And, for those of you who don't know how this popularity contest works, here's how.
For each team and its ranking, they are given a vote by each of the 65 writers based on where they think each team should be placed. The points are inverted 1-25. Twenty-five points for first place, 24 points for second place etc. all the way to the end.
Below are the teams that got votes but didn't make it.
Texas 114, Penn State 75, Arizona State 67, Miami (FL) 32, Utah 25, Southern Miss 20, Iowa 19, Brigham Young 15, North Carolina State 15, Air Force 14, Houston 13, Pittsburgh 9, Michigan 7, Tennessee 5, UCF 5, NORIL 4, Hawaii 4, Tulsa 3, Arizona 2, Maryland 2, Nevada 1, Northwestern 1, Washington 1
Oh yeah, the photo should help soften the sting for those of you who are still yelling at the air because USC got the No. 25 spot.