Villanova University Logobillsnewera's Ballot for Week 5 of 2017-18

Submitted on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 11:14PM EST
1 Duke University Logo Duke I didn't get to watch as many games this week as I would have liked but these guys stay atop my ballot
2 Michigan State University Logo Michigan State #2 again for me, despite the loss, 7-1 is a true feat with this schedule
3 University of Kansas Logo Kansas Got a decent test this week against Syracuse, first since Kentucky
4 Villanova University Logo Villanova Complete dominance in the Big 5 continued this week before a nice top-15 matchup at MSG with the Zags
5 University of Florida Logo Florida Finals week? No games for the Gators, but I firmly believe in the return of the SEC
6 Wichita State University Logo Wichita State Nice road performance in Waco shows they were made stronger by a difficult Maui
7 University of Notre Dame Logo Notre Dame Football fans won't like my lack of head-to-head consideration here but ND really didn't do much to impress me against Sparty
8 University of Kentucky Logo Kentucky Three games with a week in between each coming up for the Cats, if they can't prepare for Virginia Tech and UCLA, they'll start to fall
9 University of Miami (Florida) Logo Miami (FL) Finally got that staple win early on in the season, one of only 13 unbeaten teams now
10 Texas A&M University Logo Texas A&M Aggies have a fun one coming up Tuesday with Arizona, would speak volumes for the conference
11 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Logo North Carolina This team looks flawed to me for some reason
12 University of Cincinnati Logo Cincinnati A fall from the top ten for Cincy after Mick Cronin went after JP Macura, but they have some tests coming up which could snap them back in
13 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga Impressive turnover this team has pulled off, looked excellent against Creighton
14 University of Minnesota Logo Minnesota Lost on its home floor to top-10 Miami, but I still think the Gophers are my #2 in the Big Ten
15 Xavier University Logo Xavier Second best team in the Big East, there were times Saturday where they were waxing Cincinnati
16 West Virginia University Logo West Virginia The Mountaineers sole loss continues to look better and better, but they may not provide Kansas much competition
17 University of California, Los Angeles Logo UCLA Is this the...wait a minute? My highest-ranked Pac-12 team? This honestly could be a three-bid league.
18 University of Virginia Logo Virginia Yeah, Hoos, 8-0
19 University of Louisville Logo Louisville Couple of good teams Louisville lost to this week, albeit unranked. I have them above consensus, I'm sure, but they're a force
20 University of Southern California Logo USC That loss to SMU really surprised me, the winner of the Pac-12 should have 6-8 losses
21 University of Nevada, Reno Logo Nevada Solid RPI schedule for the Wolfpack and they may not even need it. Two road ranked-ish big 12 games for them this week (TTU, TCU)
22 Purdue University Logo Purdue They're back in after a solid 3-0 week, one top-25 win, one road win
23 Seton Hall University Logo Seton Hall Two top-25 wins this week for the Pirates, they should hang around at the top of the Big East this year
24 Creighton University Logo Creighton Solid performance against Gonzaga and a solid 2-loss season thus far.
25 Texas Christian University Logo TCU 26 Arizona State, 27 Virginia Tech, 28 Michigan, 29 Baylor, 30 Arizona, Thinking about: SMU