RTC Top 25: Week 13Posted by rtmsf on February 1st, 2010
A good discussion on twitter today about how to rank the top four (all one-loss) teams. Here’s our version, with analysis after the jump:
- Kansas’ win at K-State on Saturday moved the Jayhawks to a unanimous #1 in this week’s poll. From there, things get muddled with the two Big East powerhouses tying at second, and Kentucky sliding down to a close fourth. Looking at the KU schedule, if Bill Self’s team can get past struggling Texas next week in Austin, they have a really good shot at running the table the rest of the regular season (next toughest game: the season-ender at rival Mizzou).
- In n’ Out. Five new teams this week, all of whom show up in the bottom five spots — Baylor, Northern Iowa, Butler, Missouri & Georgia Tech — each of these teams has been in and out of the poll seemingly all season long. The teams dropping out were Wake Forest, UAB, Florida State, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Give it another week and you’ll likely see half of them back in next time around.
- Variance. The three teams that the pollsters had the most trouble ranking this week were Gonzaga (#12 to #23), Pittsburgh (#15 to #23) and Baylor (#13 to #24). This no doubt represents that some pollsters think these teams are still ok after losing last week, while others think they’re trending downward. The top twelve or so teams in this week’s poll are relatively consistently ranked across the pollsters, though.
- Conference Call. Big East (5), Big 12 (5), Big 10 (4), SEC (3), ACC (2), MWC (2), A10 (1), WCC (1), Horizon (1), MVC (1).