Oklahoma State University LogoItsAesthus's Ballot for Week 8 of 2020-21

Submitted on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:19PM EST
1 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga Gonzaga's already unbeatable resume (12-0 with wins over KU, WVU, Iowa, and UVA) added a dominant win over a solid BYU this week.
2 Baylor University Logo Baylor Were it not for the Bulldogs, Baylor would be the clear #1 with an 11-0 record and solid wins over Illinois, OU, and TCU. Alas...
3 University of Texas at Austin Logo Texas Texas has the most impressive wins of any team out there, and a last-second stunner over WVU keeps them flying high in third.
4 Villanova University Logo Villanova The only shuffle in the top six comes as one-loss Villanova overtakes two-loss Iowa, whose best wins have lost a bit of luster lately.
5 University of Iowa Logo Iowa With one loss to #1 and the other just avenged in dominant fashion, the Big Ten leaders are hot and show no signs of slowing down.
6 University of Kansas Logo Kansas Kansas's losses are fantastic on paper, though their uncompetitive nature puts them a step off the top tier.
7 University of Michigan Logo Michigan After coasting through the start of their slate, Michigan finally got a chance to prove itself and shone in an 82-57 win over Minnesota.
8 University of Tennessee Logo Tennessee Like several other teams, Tennessee feels like a good squad deserving of a high rank, but not necessarily one capable of top-level play.
9 Creighton University Logo Creighton Creighton's taken six straight, including resume-highlighting wins over UConn and Xavier (who have just one other loss between them).
10 University of Houston Logo Houston Wins over Wichita State and Tulane were less important to Houston than the comeback win over USF by Tulsa, the Cougars' only loss.
11 University of Wisconsin-Madison Logo Wisconsin Wisconsin was unable to provide a definitive statement against a middling Indiana squad, needing two overtimes to drop the Hoosiers to 7-5.
12 University of Oregon Logo Oregon The Ducks didn't have much to celebrate this week, fading late in a loss to Colorado and coming back against 4-5 Utah.
13 University of Missouri Logo Missouri After a 6-0 start, Mizzou's dropped two of three, and they were outscored 51-24 in the second half in a 15-point loss to Mississippi State.
14 Clemson University Logo Clemson Despite going scoreless in the last 2:30 of the first half and the first 2:30 of the second, Clemson stormed back to upend NC State in OT.
15 Saint Louis University Logo St. Louis It's been 18 days since Saint Louis last played a game. They'll end the drought on Friday, as Davidson comes to Chaifetz Arena.
16 Ohio State University Logo Ohio State Ohio State's struggled somewhat in conference play—except against Rutgers, responsible for two of the Buckeyes' three Big Ten wins.
17 University of Louisville Logo Louisville Louisville went up just over ten minutes in against VT, and from then on they kept the Hokies at arm's length, ultimately winning 73-71.
18 Drake University Logo Drake Southern Illinois has only one non-Drake loss, yet the Bulldogs absolutely dominated in back-to-back wins over SIU, 73-55 and 86-55.
19 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Logo Illinois Illinois rolled past Northwestern by a 25-point margin, then promptly fell at home to 7-6 Maryland.
20 University of Connecticut Logo UConn UConn took care of business against Marquette (65-54) and Butler (72-60) to reach 5-1, their only loss coming to top-ten Creighton.
21 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo Virginia Tech Virginia Tech put up a good fight against an impressive Louisville squad, and while they lost, their top-25 case is still solid.
22 University of Minnesota Logo Minnesota Minnesota had what could be considered to be a bad week. Their two losses—by 25 to Michigan and 15 to Iowa—at least came on the road.
23 West Virginia University Logo West Virginia With four losses, just one quality win (Oklahoma State), and a ton of close victories, WVU's true level seems different every game.
24 University of Southern California Logo USC USC stormed into the top 25 with wins over 9-3 Arizona and a spooky 4-6 Arizona State, becoming one of three Pac-12 teams with two losses.
25 University of Arkansas Logo Arkansas Arkansas fell just short in a loss to Tennessee, but claimed a 99-69 win over 7-3 Georgia. Next five: Boise, UCLA, SDSU, Texas Tech, Xavier