Blogpoll – Week 12Posted by rtmsf on January 31st, 2008
As usual, running late…
Justifying Our Ballot. We actually had to do this for the first time all season. We ranked Florida above Mississippi St. (#25 in our ballot), and one blogger took offense with this notion. His quote was, “Rankingabove absolutely makes no sense, however. None.” So here is our carefully-worded justification:
I just think thatis a better team right now than MSU. In other words, on a neutral court, I think wins. I think, by and large, they have better players, better coaching, and a more impressive team. Based on the both the #s [UF is ten spots higher in Sagarin] and what I’ve seen on the court this year, I believe this to be a reasonable stance. The only way it’s an unreasonable stance (your assertion) is if you can demonstrate compelling evidence that there is absolutely no way that can beat MSU on a neutral court. I don’t think you can do that based on anything we’ve seen so far this year.
What think, fair readers? Did we miss something?
Those Left Out. What we couldn’t understand was the continued inclusion of Vanderbilt, who, at ballot time, had lost three of four and were trending downward (they have since lost again last night to Ole Miss 74-58). We also had St. Mary’s at #18 (prior to their Monday night loss), Baylor at #22, and Oklahoma at #24. Obviously, as of this writing, we’d like to have K-State in the poll in favor of Baylor. All votes tallied here.
Variance. Wisconsin and Kansas St. are causing the most blogvoter consternation. We’re not sure how anyone can justify leaving the 16-3 Badgers completely out of the poll, but one blogger did.
Conference Call. The conferences who have messed up middles, as we discussed the other day, are taking hits in the poll.
- Pac-10 – 5
- Big East, SEC – 4 each
- Big 10, Big 12 – 3 each
- ACC – 2
- A10, CUSA, Horizon, MVC – 1 each