Monday, May 25, 2015

California, Pittsburgh like Temple football

Breaking down the Owls' place in the new AP football poll.

California, Pittsburgh like Temple football

Temple got 23 points in this week's AP football poll. That's the equivalent of 33rd place, higher than Georgia and Oklahoma among others.

Looking at the AP voters' ballots this week, I was struck by the two voters who ranked the Owls 20th: Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News and Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Fittipaldo has them ranked one spot above USC, while Wolf has Iowa 25th.

The full breakdown is as follows. The order is alphabetical by state, because that's how it listed on the AP's website:

Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News: 20th (6 points)
Ray Ratto, San Francisco Chronicle: 23rd (3 points)
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: 25th (1 point)
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette (Iowa): 24th (2 points)
John Davis, Oxford Eagle (Miss.): 25th (1 point)
Keith Sargeant, Home News Tribune/Gannett (N.J.): 25th (1 point)
Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 20th (6 points)
Travis Haney, Charleston Post and Courier (S.C.): 24th (2 points)
Eric Schmoldt, Casper Star-Tribune (Wyo.): 25th (1 point)

Temple also got 17 points in the coaches' poll and 47 points in the Harris poll, which has more voters. But we don't know who voted for the Owls in those polls, because the ballots aren't made public.
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