Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and even perhaps if you have but also have the Internet under there), you’re aware that this season SB Nation is running a poll called FanPulse, which will survey fans from across the landscape of college sites on the SB Nation network to determine the true pecking order in college football.
The first results from that polling are now in and it turns out that the fans are in agreement with the major polls, at least at the top.
Clemson is the clear #1 in the FanPulse just as it is in the Amway coaches poll and the USA Today media poll. Likewise, Alabama is #2 in all three polls and your Georgia Bulldogs take up the 3 slot.
All of that makes perfect sense, which probably explains why the result is ubiquitous. Alabama and Clemson battled for the national championship in 2018 and Clemson won decisively. If past is in fact prologue the Country Gentlemen have every right to the top slot. That’s especially true when you consider that they return many of the primary contributors to the high-octane offense they rode to the crown last year.
One of the more interesting aspects of the FanPulse is the distribution of teams further back in the pack. For example the coaches are a good bit higher on LSU (#6) than FanPulse voters (#10) on the Bayou Bengals. SB Nation respondents also have Georgia’s week three opponent Notre Dame a couple of slots higher than the pollsters (#7 vs. #9).
If you’re curious how voters who identified themselves as Dawg Sports readers voted we have that info as well:
Y’all are not buying the Florida Gators, which is probably not surprisingly. Perhaps we’re a little biased. But then maybe the rest of college football is ranking the Gators in the top ten based mostly on the legacy they’ve built since restarting the football program in 1990. Also, perhaps remembering the brawl in South Bend in 2017, we’re collectively rating the Fighting Irish more highly than others.
Remember, FanPulse voting will continue every week through the season. You can also still sign up and get involved so that the voice of Bulldog Nation can be heard. Until later....