One AP Poll voter is very high on Notre Dame this year.
The preseason AP Poll was released on Monday morning, and it’s fair to say that there weren’t too many surprises when looking at the entire set of rankings. But once each voter’s individual set of rankings was released – well, that’s when it got interesting.
One voter – Mitch Vingle of the Charleston-Gazette-Mail – put Notre Dame at No. 3. Despite it, the Fighting Irish still weren’t included in the top 25 teams in the country.
Vingle has been fielding some interesting tweets in the aftermath. He addressed his decision:
As you guys know, I take my vote seriously. I don’t just copy preseason mags, I research. I try to find the teams with the most talent. I vote those teams. And if, say, my No. 3, Notre Dame, fails to perform, so be it. But the Irish have a lot of talent to start.
Notre Dame does have a great deal of talent, but it’s also important to remember that it did last year too, and finished with a 4-8 record.
Here is Vingle’s entire top 25 – which is very different than the actual top 25.
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Florida State
- Penn State
- Virginia Tech
- West Virginia
- NC State
- Oklahoma State
Notre Dame fans – what do you think of Vingle’s rankings?