Pennsylvania State University LogoMetaKoopa99's Ballot for Week 8 of 2020-21

Submitted on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 11:50PM EST
1 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga (0) Gonzaga's biggest competition in the WCC is BYU. The Bulldogs beat them by 17 on Thursday. The undefeated season is a real possibility.
2 Baylor University Logo Baylor (0) Similar dominance for Baylor, which, at 11-0, has yet to beat an opponent by fewer than 11. And that's four Big 12 games deep too.
3 University of Texas at Austin Logo Texas (0) What a story for Andrew Jones, going from having leukemia to hitting the winning 3-pointer to beat WVU in Morgantown. Legendary stuff.
4 Villanova University Logo Villanova (0) Nova hasn't played a game in 19 days due to COVID. Let's hope that Friday's game at UConn (between two ranked teams?) stays in place.
5 University of Iowa Logo Iowa (0) Good week for the Hawkeyes with a win at Maryland and a revenge win over Minnesota. Garza is still averaging nearly 30 points per game.
6 University of Kansas Logo Kansas (0) Seems like that Texas loss was just a fluke. Kansas rebounds by destroying TCU in Forth Worth then netting a home win over Oklahoma.
7 Creighton University Logo Creighton (0) You know it's a good week in the top 10 when Creighton defeats Seton Hall, a tournament contender, by THIRTY-SIX and can't move up.
8 University of Michigan Logo Michigan (+2) If you weren't a believer in Michigan, you should be now. Freshman Hunter Dickinson also deserves your attention (18 PPG, 8.1 RPG).
9 University of Tennessee Logo Tennessee (+2) That Alabama loss in the past. First, a good home win over Arkansas, then another excellent defensive showing in a win over Texas A&M.
10 University of Wisconsin-Madison Logo Wisconsin (-2) Wisconsin's drop is no fault of their own, it's just that Michigan and Tennessee's weeks were more impressive. Badgers are now 10-2.
11 University of Houston Logo Houston (-2) Ditto for Houston with solid wins over Wichita St. and and Tulane. The sad truth is that it's harder to stay up in a weaker conference.
12 Clemson University Logo Clemson (0) The entire top 12 went without a loss last week. Clemson rounds them out with a good win over NC State. My top 12 seems set in stone.
13 Saint Louis University Logo St. Louis (+5) Now it's tricky, as teams #13-17 all took a loss. Saint Louis, who hasn't played a game since before Christmas, gets the generous jump.
14 University of Louisville Logo Louisville (+7) Odd to put a team with a 37-point loss in the top 15, but here we are. That's the Cards' only loss, and they add a great win over VT.
15 Texas Tech University Logo Texas Tech (+4) Texas Tech's unwarranted harsh drop last week is corrected with a 2-0 week over Big 12 competition (and teams ahead of them losing).
16 University of Connecticut Logo UConn (NEW) UConn is a two-point overtime loss to Creighton away from being 7-0 and possibly in the top 10. Bouknight is another player to watch.
17 University of Oregon Logo Oregon (-4) Oregon remains winless in Boulder, but that's not an awful loss since Colorado is also good. Ducks also rebounded with a win at Utah.
18 University of California, Los Angeles Logo UCLA (NEW) Mick Cronin has UCLA back to relevance. His Bruins are 9-2 overall and 5-0 in the Pac-12, with the last two wins coming on the road.
19 University of Alabama Logo Alabama (NEW) While full résumé is an important factor in these rankings, so is recency, and Alabama is HOT. Four straight wins over SEC opponents.
20 Ohio State University Logo Ohio State (NEW) Buckeyes get back in with an 11-point win at Rutgers, completing the season sweep of the Scarlet Knights. They also have the UCLA win.
21 University of Missouri Logo Missouri (-5) Loss to Mississippi State and 1-2 in the last three sends the Tigers down, but they still have wins over Oregon, Illinois and Arkansas.
22 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo Virginia Tech (-2) Won't punish VT too much for a loss to Louisville (even if it's the 18th straight to the Cardinals). Also had a win over Notre Dame.
23 Drake University Logo Drake (NEW) It's a weird week, let's get weird with it. I'll give 13-0 Drake some love, since we all know the AP Poll won't give it to them.
24 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Logo Illinois (-7) Illinois has played good basketball all season, but the Maryland loss shows continuing inconsistency. The best four-loss team, though.
25 University of Colorado Logo Colorado (NEW) About 1000 teams I could put at #25. We'll go with Colorado. Next 7: USC, West Virginia, Xavier, Minnesota, Virginia, Rutgers, LSU