Monday, September 21, 2009

What is Doug Lesmerises watching?

Sometimes I've wondered how people in the Associated Press college football poll become voters. And some of those voters make me wonder if they've ever watched a football game.

For example, Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has been roundly criticized - and rightfully so - for his ballot this season. This week, Lesmerises ranked undefeated defending national champion Florida No. 5. OK, so maybe Florida wasn't overly impressive Saturday against Tennessee and played two rent-a-wins to start the season. But among the five teams Lesmerises ranked ahead of Florida were Houston (!) and Cincinnati (double !). Lesmerises also has once-beaten Ohio State ranked ahead of once-beaten USC, although USC won at Ohio State two weeks ago.

Here is Lesmerises' ballot for Week 4:

1. Alabama
2. Miami (Fla.)
3. Houston
4. Cincinnati
5. Florida
6. Boise State
7. Texas
8. LSU
9. California
10. Michigan
11. Auburn
12. UCLA
13. Virginia Tech
14. Florida State
15. Penn State
16. Missouri
17. North Carolina
18. TCU
19. Oklahoma State
20. BYU
21. Oklahoma
22. Ohio State
23. Iowa
24. Mississippi
25. USC



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