Oklahoma State University LogoItsAesthus's Ballot for Week 14 of 2020-21

Submitted on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 9:17AM EST
1 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga 22-0 | Aaand back to #1 the Bulldogs go after yet another dominant week while top-spot rival Baylor sat idle.
2 Baylor University Logo Baylor 17-0 | Baylor's back in action! With only three *scheduled* games left, they hope to avoid conference-title calculus by winning out.
3 University of Michigan Logo Michigan 16-1 | The Wolverines are closing in on the top spot in the Big Ten tournament and nearly have a #1 seed locked down. Not too shabby.
4 Ohio State University Logo Ohio State 18-5 | The red-hot Buckeyes' hopes at a regular-season conference title hit a brick wall with their loss to Michigan.
5 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Logo Illinois 17-5 | Nevertheless, OSU keeps just abreast of Illinois thanks to a domineering head-to-head win from just over a month ago.
6 Villanova University Logo Villanova 14-3 | Villanova's stumbling finish to Big East play hasn't hurt them too much yet, but at 12-4 to Nova's 9-2, Creighton's closing in.
7 Florida State University Logo Florida State 13-3 | FSU established themselves as the ACC leader with a huge win over UVA, but the race for the top spot is still wide open.
8 University of Oklahoma Logo Oklahoma 14-5 | The hopes that anyone aside from Baylor can steal the #1 conference spot are fading, but at 9-4 in the Big 12, OU leads the #2 chase.
9 University of Alabama Logo Alabama 18-5 | After a superb SEC start, the Tide have looked mortal lately, losing to Mizzou and beating South Carolina and Vanderbilt close.
10 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo Virginia Tech 14-4 | A two-week break is now in the rearview mirror as the Hokies look to beat Georgia Tech for their first solid win of February.
11 University of Houston Logo Houston 18-3 | The Coogs took their third AAC upset of the season, this time appropriately losing to the Wichita State Shockers.
12 University of Southern California Logo USC 18-4 | USC lost to Arizona this week, but at 12-3 with a head-to-head over UCLA, they still lead the Pac-12 entering a showdown with Oregon.
13 West Virginia University Logo West Virginia 15-6 | West Virginia came back from down 19 to beat Texas, their first 19-point road comeback since...January in Stillwater. Huh.
14 Creighton University Logo Creighton 16-5 | The Jays' last game was a cruise to victory over Villanova; a rematch in two weeks tees up the Big East's regular-season title.
15 University of Iowa Logo Iowa 17-6 | Iowa steered clear of Big Ten upsets at Wisconsin and vs Penn State, but they'll play the underdog at Michigan and OSU this week.
16 University of Oregon Logo Oregon 14-4 | Riding a five-game winning streak after a stop-and-start January, the Ducks are right back in the thick of the Pac-12 race.
17 University of Texas at Austin Logo Texas 13-6 | The Longhorns' slide continued with a blown lead against WVU, their fifth straight loss against the Big 12's expected tourney teams.
18 University of Arkansas Logo Arkansas 17-5 | Off of a season-defining win at Mizzou, the Razorbacks avoided a letdown and beat Florida handily at home.
19 University of Kansas Logo Kansas 16-7 | The Jayhawks have rebounded with five straight wins, but three of them came against ISU and KSU. A revenge game at Texas looms large.
20 Texas Tech University Logo Texas Tech 14-7 | It's unlikely the Red Raiders miss March Madness, but a finish against Oklahoma State and Texas is pivotal for seeding.
21 Loyola University Chicago Logo Loyola Chicago 19-4 | The Ramblers escaped Valparaiso's upset bid to hold on to first in the MVC, with a pair of games against 4-11 SIU the final hurdle.
22 San Diego State University Logo San Diego State 17-4 | Picking from among the MW's trio of leaders seems like a fool's errand, but it's hard to argue with SDSU's eight-win streak.
23 University of Virginia Logo Virginia 15-5 | Yikes. The Cavaliers' ranking had been high for a few weeks, but while an upset was due, losses to both FSU and Duke have to hurt.
24 Drake University Logo Drake 22-2 | The MVC's NET tiebreaker—where Drake is well behind Loyola—means the Bulldogs need a Loyola loss if they're to take the #1 spot.
25 Colorado State University Logo Colorado State 14-4 | CSU holds off a Boise State squad that's recovered since their Nevada sweep, but the scrum at the back of the rankings is tight.