News of the day, 9/6
Auburn held a short workout this morning. They don't do much hitting after Wednesday. Thursdays are about special teams, correct alignments and maintaining mental sharpness. The team will need all three against USF this weekend.
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For whatever reason, I've been getting some comments lately about the officiating during last week's game. This surely is coming from biased observes, who claim that KSU's 150+ yards of penalties shows that the officiating crew was on the take. Or at least giving Auburn every benefit of the doubt. I gotta say -- I disagree with that. The way SEC officials are scrutinized these days, they can't get away with blatantly incorrect calls very often. Surely not a dozen in one game. Some people need to get a grip. Seriously.
I received an email this afternoon from AP college football ace Ralph Russo with some interesting news: The AP Poll no longer is exclusive to I-A. That means, beginning this week, Appalachian State is eligible for top-25 votes. Ralph was polling the voters (interesting reversal) about their affinity for ASU from a top-25 perspective. While the Mountaineers' achievement was memorable, I would not have voted them in the top 25 for that one game alone.
Here is my ballot from earlier this week. The AP publishes my ballot and those of all poll voters each week.
1. Southern Cal
3. West Virginia
4. Virginia Tech
16. Texas A&M
18. South Florida
19. Ohio State
20. Penn State
24. South Carolina
I know some people will moan about me voting for Michigan. It was a loss. A bad loss. An epically bad loss. I still believe Michigan is a pretty good team. Dropping them from the poll, in my opinion, is an overreaction.
One small note for my own enjoyment ... The poll now includes two Kentucky graduates: Author of The Hottest Auburn Blog on The 'Net and Chip Cosby from the Lexington Herald-Leader. Hey, that's institutional progress in my eyes.
Note to Arkansas fans: To those who said I'm "the only one dumb enough to leave out Arkansas," I counted eight voters who aren't voting for Arkansas right now. Several others have the Hogs at 24 or 25. I think that represents how enigmatic Arkansas is right now. It's a difficult team to read. If the Hogs start 3-0, I'll certainly add them. I'm sure everyone will.
A reminder that the best gas deal between Montgomery and Auburn is at Jet-Pep on Wire Rd. It's $2.49/gal. The best price in Montgomery is the Raceway at East Blvd. and Carmichael, which is $2.56/gal. right now. Definitely avoid Shorter (exit 22) because they're charging $2.86/gal. there. I guess the peeps who roll out of Victoryland will pay almost anything.