The most notable team missing is West Virginia, the seventh best team in the country according to Ken Pomeroy. However, seven losses really keeps a team from top 25 contention at this point. They need to win a few of those higher profile games.
*The ballot is due tomorrow Morning, so it is subject to change. I am especially waiting on the Purdue/Illinois outcome.
I think West Virginia is suffering from the mid-major fascination that people have starting picking up on since the smaller schools have started winning in the tournament.
Not one to get too worked up by rankings, I try to remain as objective as possible. If WVU and Davidson played ten times, they probably split, maybe. If WVU and Utah St. play ten times, I'm going to guess WVU wins 7/10.
But then, when you've got to get the rankings in by a set deadline, you don't have time to sit and think about these things. You look at wins and losses and write in some names and then go back to doing something else completely.
I hate to say it, but I agree with you about West Virginia. Would they beat Utah St. seven times out of ten? That's very possible. However, we don't know for sure and it's pretty hard to give them the benefit of the doubt sitting on 7 losses when the Aggies only have one.
But that's a great thing about having a tournament to decide your champion. College football depends on a bunch of guys who don't watch half the teams to determine it's #1.
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