Now … I’m NOT picking on Vanderbilt. Seriously, I’m not. It just seems to me, after however many years I’ve been voting in the AP poll, that more than any other team, Vandy sticks in the rankings no matter what it does. I’m not sure if it’s really a phenomenon or I just think it is … but it does stand out to me.
I dropped Vandy out of my rankings two weeks ago, and did a little poll of blog readers asking if they agreed. The majority did. I figured after Vandy’s losses in the past week to Notre Dame and Iowa State, the ‘Dores were sure to fall out of the AP poll this week.
But there they are, still clinging to No. 24.
According to Jerry Palm’s site, Vandy’s RPI is 114 and its SOS is 236. The ‘Dores are 11-4, with one of those losses coming at UC-Riverside, which is 4-9. Vandy has no standout victories. What exactly are the ‘Dores getting credit for from voters at this point? I don’t know.
Vandy was picked by a panel of media voters to win the SEC … and at the risk of sounding very snarky, I just want to announce I was NOT part of that panel. I’m wrong enough as it is without being linked to that pick.
Now, the ‘Dores still could get things going better and play very well in the SEC. It just doesn’t look like a very good pick at the moment. We’ll know more after the ‘Dores host Tennessee on Sunday.
As for my AP ballot … again, not a lot of changes this week. Texas dropped a little bit after the wake-up call at San Diego State. Wisconsin and UCLA exited; Oklahoma State and Marist came on board again.
Next Sunday’s voting, after all the leagues have opened play, should be more interesting.
My vote for Jan. 4:
1.Connecticut, 2. North Carolina, 3. Texas A&M, 4. Baylor, 5. Oklahoma, 6. Duke, 7. Texas, 8. Tennessee, 9. Stanford, 10. Louisville, 11. Auburn, 12. Notre Dame, 13. Maryland, 14. Cal, 15. Rutgers, 16. Virginia, 17. Georgia Tech, 18. Ohio State, 19. South Dakota State, 20. Kansas State, 21. Florida, 22. Pittsburgh, 23. Oklahoma State, 24. New Mexico, 25. Marist