CBSSports BlogPoll: Friarblog’s Week 1 Ballot

dave@friarblog —  February 9th, 2009 1:58 PM
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The CBSSports BlogPoll kicks off this week, so I am ready to give my ballot.  This past week was a bloodbath for ranked teams, as FOURTEEN teams that were in the AP Top-25 suffered at least one loss — SIX of the Top 10!  There is going to be a lot of shuffling around, so here is my attept to make sense out of all of it.

1 Connecticut

2 Oklahoma

3 North Carolina

4 Pittsburgh

5 Louisville

6 Clemson

7 Duke

8 Michigan St.

9 Wake Forest

10 Marquette

11 UCLA

12 Villanova

13 Memphis

14 Xavier

15 Kansas

16 Butler

17 Illinois

18 Arizona St.

19 Gonzaga

20 Washington

21 Purdue

22 Utah St.

23 Minnesota

24 Syracuse

25 Missouri

A few thoughts:

  • Even though Clemson lost during the week to Florida State, I found it hard to drop them below Duke, considering they absolutely destroyed them on their own court.
  • I think Villanova could be ranked higher, but I didn’t want to move them above Marquette, who I still think is a top 10 team — they just had a hiccup on the road in a BIG EAST game
  • The bottom half of last weeks AP Top 25 was hit hard. 3 teams lost twice, and they were heavily penalized.  Texas now has 7 losses (3 in a row), so I just had to drop them out.
  • Syracuse may very well drop out of the real Top 25, but I think they still think they should stay — Even though they now have 6 losses, they did just beat a tough WV team, and lost to a surging Villanova team who probably desrves to be in the top 10.

So there goes my first ballot…comments, suggestions, and hatred is welcome.

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