Perusing this week's Associated Press Top 25 voter breakdown, there were a few ballots that caught my attention. Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury submitted this interesting top 3: No. 1 Missouri, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 East Carolina. Forget USC, Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida and Ohio State -- Mr. Wilner wants results against real opponents, and all three of those teams have delivered.
Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman was similarly impressed with East Carolina's start, ranking the Pirates No. 2 (they are No. 14 in the overall poll).
Molly Yanity of the Seattle Post-Intelligence gave LSU its only No. 1 vote, and provided Kentucky with all six of its points by slotting the Wildcats at No. 20. That vote allowed every SEC East team to receive votes this week.
Georgia received 23 first-place votes, but the only voter who resides in Georgia, Adam Van Brimmer of the Savannah Morning News, not only didn't have Georgia No. 1, he had Georiga No. 3 in the SEC (and No. 5 overall), behind No. 2 Florida and No. 3 Alabama.
Marcus Fuller of the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press fell asleep at the wheel, submitting West Virginia at No. 15 and East Carolina at No. 25 even though East Carolina whipped the Mountaineers 24-3.
Which brings us to Maurice Patton of the Nashville Tennessean, who hopefully emailed the wrong version of his poll to the AP home office this week. Clearly, something was amiss. Mr. Patton had Tennessee at No. 20 and UCLA unranked. (UCLA beat Tennessee 27-24.) He submitted Clemson at No. 17 and Alabama at No. 21. (Alabama routed Clemson 34-10.) And finally, he had West Virginia at No. 16 and East Carolina at No. 23. (As mentioned above, ECU beat WVU 24-3.)
Let's hope Mr. Patton double-checks his final version next week.