A 16th-ranked Auburn team (AP) just barely squeaked past an unranked, but talented, Clemson team. It took the Tigers from Alabama an illegal snap and a failed second attempt of a Clemson field goal to win in overtime, 27-24.
So I get it if the AP voters want to move Auburn down a position to #17 in their poll. Heck, I suppose I’d understand if they dropped the Tigers a spot or two further than that.
But what I don’t get is the Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy and his voting practices. Conroy’s the only AP voter (of 65) who doesn’t have Auburn ranked in his top 25 — which is every bit his right and prerogative, and it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that Auburn is indeed a #26 or #27 team. Last week Conroy had Auburn at #19 and Clemson at #20. This week, though, Auburn is a no-show on Steve’s ballot, while the Clemson Tigers are sitting pretty at #25. So let me get this right, Steve… two undefeated teams face one another, the winner falls from the top 25, and the loser stays? Mr. Conroy, I think you’re mistaken. Give glory to God, man. Be honest.
The Coach’s Poll, by the way, moved Auburn up one spot from #15 to #14. Next game: South Carolina. War Eagle!