Revealed: The voters who dissed the Gators

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Earlier today, the Associated Press released their preseason Top 25 rankings, and Florida was a near-unanimous selection as the top team in the country.

In fact, their garnering of 58 of the 60 first-place votes was the highest percentage in the history of the poll.

However, that meant two people had the “audacity” to put another team ahead of the defending national champs.  Common sense would say that, since Texas received the other two first-place nods, it would likely be someone in-state or from the Big 12 conference who placed the Longhorns ahead of the Mighty Gators.

At least in this case, common sense would be wrong.

So, just who were the “offending parties”?  Without further ado, we present to you Joe Giglio of the Raleigh News & Observer and Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. (And I’ll go ahead and apologize to the two gentlemen for any emails from Florida ISP’s which may or may not flood their inbox.)

Both writers had Florida No. 2 on their ballots and, while Giglio’s ballot was pretty much standard  poll fare throughout, Gorman’s was… how should I say it… most definitely against the grain and a unique piece of work.

Not only was Gorman one of two to not place Florida atop his list, but he also had Tennessee at No. 16 and Northwestern at No. 21.  Northwestern had five points in the “others receiving votes” category, meaning Gorman was the only person in America to vote for the Wildcats based on the “1 point for 25th, 2 points for 24th, etc.” method used by the AP.

Additionally, the Gazette writer didn’t even have Georgia, the No. 13 team according to both the AP and USA Today, in his Top 25 teams in the country.

Then again, and so as not to just pick on Gorman, Adam Van Brimmer of the Savannah Morning News had Utah at No. 2 — yes, in this year’s poll — TCU at No. 8 and Texas Tech at No. 9.  And Cal not rated in his Top 25.

Of course, none of this really matters in the grand scheme of things.  All it really does is highlight the farce that preseason polls are and will always be.

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

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Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

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Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.