Ryter's Block: Top 25 Commentary
The Story: The top four teams in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ and AP polls all remained unchanged and unbeaten. North Carolina retained the top spot once again earning all 31 first-place votes. Duke rejoined the top 5, taking Texas No. 5 spot after the Longhorns fell to Michigan State this past week. Texas fell to No. 9 in the AP poll. Louisville fell 10 spots in both polls to No. 19 this week after losing at Minnesota on Saturday. Unbeaten Wake Forest has jumped up to No. 6 winning at Richmond. Davidson, Memphis, and Marquette all fell from the AP rankings. They are replaced by Minnesota (No. 23), Michigan (No. 24), and Missouri (No. 25).
AP Top 25
ESPN/USA Today Poll
Ryter’s Block: This week started with one of the wildest endings I have ever seen. Cleveland State’s Cedric Jackson heaved a 60 footer as time expired to beat Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. My continuous praising of the Big East took another hit on Tuesday with Marquette losing to Tennessee. Louisville then lost at Minnesota on Saturday. The top 6 teams are spot on and continue to impress. Between the top 6 teams they have one loss among them. Wake Forest is continuing to impress me and deserves their No. 6 spot. Louisville is ranked too high at No. 19 in both polls. I believe that they should be at No. 23 and Arizona State, Baylor, Clemson, and Minnesota should all move up one spot. The Coaches’ poll and AP poll once again cannot agree on things. How is Memphis still ranked in the Coaches’ poll? I understand that they have lost to 3 very good teams (Xavier, Georgetown, and Syracuse) but Missouri (9-1) deserves to be on that poll. Purdue is No. 10 in the AP and No. 15 in the Coaches’ poll. You would think that their rankings would be similar, 5 spots in any Top 25 poll is a big difference. Somehow these two polls need to get on the same page.
Here is a look at this week’s games that could shake up the rankings…
Tuesday, 12/23 No. 8 Texas at Wisconsin
Tuesday, 12/23 Butler at No. 12 Xavier
Saturday, 12/27 West Virginia at No. 13 Ohio State
Not such a great week because of the Holidays...enjoy your week of College Bowl games and the final week of the NFL…then the real fun begins!