After two wildly impressive victories to begin the 2017 season, the Alabama Crimson Tide are viewed as a near-unanimous choice as the No. 1 team in college football. Nick Saban’s team received 58 of 61 first-place votes in this week’s Associated Press poll and, aside from that, Alabama also received 58 of 60 first-place votes in the Coaches Poll.
That setup means that it becomes quite controversial if anyone does not have the Tide at the top of the heap, but SEC Network personality Peter Burns did not let that stop him from putting a team ahead of Alabama.
Sending Burns into the fray to host Paul Finebaum’s show with this information on the table is a bold choice, especially given the audience that usually tunes in to that particular program. With that said, Oklahoma does have arguably the best win in the country this season with their thrashing of Ohio State on the road and the Sooners did get two AP first-place votes after that performance.
Burns isn’t “wrong” at this juncture, but he is certainly going out on a limb and picking against Alabama is usually a perilous exercise. Only time will tell but both teams will be back in action this week to provide some more information. The Crimson Tide host Colorado State while the Sooners host Tulane.