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Sooners drop to No. 2 in AP; a breakdown of votes

Travis Haney Published: September 25, 2011


CAMPUS CORNER — There’s a new AP No. 1, and it’s LSU. The Tigers just might be deserving after convincing victories in September against Oregon (neutral field) and at West Virginia.

Oklahoma played well enough to win last week at Florida State, but even that victory was sullied Saturday by the fact the Seminoles went on the road and lost at Clemson.

Look, I know, the AP poll doesn’t matter more than it matters. But it’s something to talk about. And it takes the temperature of how the Sooners are playing at this point.

What surprised me was how much the votes shifted from OU to LSU in the course of one week.

Last week’s first-place votes: Oklahoma 37 – LSU 14

This week: LSU 42 – Oklahoma 12

And for those presuming some sort of East Coast or Southern bias toward LSU and/or Alabama, consider the fact that 1) those teams probably have played better so far this season and 2) the voters are located all over the country. It’s not as if Southern media types stuff the ballot box or something.

Take a look at who voted Oklahoma and LSU No. 1 this week*. You’ll see the voters dot the map.

Oklahoma 1 – LSU 2

Austin Meek – Topeka

David Just – Lubbock

Desmond Conner – Hartford

Ira Schoffel – Tallahassee

John Werner – Waco

Matt Markey – Toledo


Oklahoma 1 – Alabama 2

Bob Asmussen – Champaign (LSU 4?)

Dave Reardon – Honolulu (LSU 3)

Keith Sargeant – Gannett NJ (LSU 3)

Mike DiRocco – Jacksonville (LSU 3)

Mike Herndon – Mobile (LSU 3)

Robert Cessna – Bryan/College Station (LSU 3)


LSU 1 – Alabama 2 – Oklahoma 3

Andy Staples – SI

Bill Cole – Winston-Salem

Bob Condotta – Seattle

Chris Fowler – ESPN

Craig James – ESPN

Dave Matter – Columbia (Mo.)

David Teel – Hampton Roads (Va.)

Doug Lesmerises – Cleveland

Eric Schmoldt – Casper

Erik Gee – Albuquerque

Garland Gillen – New Orleans

Greg Auman – St. Pete

Joe Giglio – Raleigh

Joe Medley – Anniston, Ala.

Josh Kendall – Columbia (S.C.)

Kirk Bohls – Austin

Mitch Vingle – Charleston, W.Va.

Sam McKewon – Omaha

Seth Emerson – Macon, Ga.

Tom Mulhern – Madison, Wisc.


LSU 1 – Oklahoma 2

Anthony Gimino – Tucson

Brett McMurphy – CBS

Chadd Cripe – Boise

Dirk Facer – Salt Lake

Jeremy Sampson – Lansing, Mich.

Jim Wogan – Knoxville

John Clay – Lexington, Ky.

John Hunt – Portland, Ore.

John Niyo – Detroit

John Shinn – Norman

Mark Anderson – Las Vegas

Mike Hlas – Cedar Rapids

Patrick Magee – Hattiesburg, Miss.

Phil Miller – Minneapolis

Randy Rosetta – Baton Rouge

Ron Higgins – Memphis

Sal Interdonato – Middletown, N.Y.

Steve Conroy – Boston


LSU 1 – OK State 2 – Oklahoma 3

Jon Wilner – San Jose


LSU 1 – Boise 2 – Oklahoma 3

Pete DiPrimio – Fort Wayne


LSU 1 – Alabama 2 – Boise 3 – Oklahoma 4

Ray Ratto – San Fran

Tom Murphy – Little Rock

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