AP poll fix causes changes in top 25
Nebraska, South Carolina switch spots after ballots corrected
No. 2 Alabama gained a first-place vote in the latest Associated Press college football poll and No. 1 Oklahoma lost one after a mistake in the entry of the ballots was corrected.
When the rankings were fixed Monday, Alabama had 10 first-place votes and Oklahoma 31 while South Carolina and Nebraska switched places. The Gamecocks are now No. 10, the Cornhuskers No. 11.
Also, Texas moved from No. 24 into a tie for 23rd with TCU.
The extra first-place vote gives Alabama 1,423 points. Oklahoma has 1,440 points.
The mixup started Sunday with an amended ballot from voter Mike DiRocco of the Florida Times-Union.
“I transposed the results of the Arizona-Missouri game and had Missouri winning,” he said. “When I realized that, I readjusted my ballot and sent it in.”
“Got it,” said the confirmation email from the AP.
But instead of subbing DiRocco’s previous ballot, the new one was inadvertently attached by the AP to Sal Interdonato of the Times Herald-Record of Middletown, N.Y.
The error with DiRocco’s ballot was caught later that night when he received an email saying his AP ballot didn’t match the one on his blog.
The AP moved a corrected poll Sunday night that pointed out changes in point totals for several teams. No rankings were affected. It was followed by an advisory noting the changes.
On Monday, Interdonato emailed to say the ballot posted online by the AP didn’t match the one he submitted. He had been alerted by an Auburn fan who asked why he didn’t have the Tigers ranked.
A recheck of ballots showed DiRocco’s amended ballot in place of Interdonato’s.
Another poll moved to include Interdonato’s correct ballot, which changed the first-place votes and the rankings for the three schools.