After winning its third championship in a four-year span (and moving into the history books as one of the greatest dynasties in the history of the game), there was no surprise that Alabama opened the season at No. 1-overall.
What may have been a surprise was by how wide of a margin most of those voting saw between the Tide and the rest of the nation. In garnering 58 of the 60 total first-place votes, Bama opens with the highest percentage of top votes since Florida in 2009.
While Ohio State did secure one vote, that may have been expected after finishing 12-0 a year ago. What was not expected was seeing a first-place vote for the program the Tide beat in the SEC Championship game a year ago: No. 5-ranked Georgia.
Interestingly, it was an LSU beat reporter, Glenn Guilbeau, who voted for Georgia ahead of Alabama.
Needless to say, the reaction of fans on Twitter was swift and fierce.
Of course, Guilbeau’s decision to bait the entire state of Alabama by calling complainers “Forrest” was not going to help.
That being said, Alabama has earned its crown – at the very least, it has earned respect from a beat writer that continued to troll the Tide hard.
Pick whomever you’d like, but back up your vote with studied patience. There must be real numbers and real facts to back up a choice that is obviously going to be met with backlash.
Don’t meet the critics with what plainly looks like bitterness – or else guys like Guilbeau will have bloggers like this writing posts that look a lot like this one.
And Guilbeau does not look very good – or smart – in posts like this one.