For years now, I’ve shared Associated Press top 25 voting responsibilities with Gazette-Mail sports columnist Mitch Vingle (Give him a follow on Twitter: @MitchVingle). One year, he’d do football and I’d do hoops. The next year we’d flip roles.
In 2015, Vingle drew duties as the college football top 25 voter, and we, the Gazette-Mail, hold the only vote in the state of West Virginia. In the preseason poll, Vingle was labeled the “Most Extreme Voter,” according to collegepolltracker.com. The past two weeks, however, Vingle isn’t drawing that same ire. He’s just regular ol’ Vingle.
In Vingle’s latest ballot, which was cast Sunday morning and published in Monday’s Gazette-Mail, he has six rankings that are considered “extreme” by collegepolltracker.com. He has LSU No. 5, which is the highest in the country and eight spots higher than LSU’s actual ranking. He has Ole Miss at No. 8, nine spots higher than actual. He has TCU at No. 9, which is tied for the lowest in the country among the 61 voters. Georgia is 13th on Vingle’s ballot, six spots lower than actual. Florida State is 14th, five spots lower than actual. And Clemson is 16th, six spots lower than actual.
Here is Vingle’s full top 25 poll:
1. Ohio State
6. Michigan State
7. Notre Dame
8. Ole Miss
14. Florida State
15. Georgia Tech
17. Texas A&M
23. West Virginia