Pennsylvania State University LogoMetaKoopa99's Ballot for Week 9 of 2020-21

Submitted on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 10:01PM EST
1 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga (0) Another 2-0 week, including a 14-point win at Saint Mary's. Feb. 27 at BYU might be the only remaining roadblock for the perfect season.
2 Baylor University Logo Baylor (0) Baylor continues to roll too, adding an eight-point win over Texas Tech to the résumé. A Gonzaga-Baylor title bout seems inevitable.
3 University of Texas at Austin Logo Texas (0) A close less to Texas Tech and a good win over Kansas State keep the Longhorns in the top five. They have yet to play a "bad" game.
4 University of Michigan Logo Michigan (+4) Don't let a big loss at Minnesota distract you from Michigan's 23-point win over Wisconsin last Tuesday. The Wolverines are legit.
5 University of Iowa Logo Iowa (0) Iowa now has four Quad I wins in a row after Sunday's win at Northwestern. They still have yet to score fewer than 70 points in a game.
6 University of Tennessee Logo Tennessee (+3) Tennessee continues to roll with a 20-point win over Vanderbilt. Not a huge addition to the résumé, but it keeps the momentum rolling.
7 Villanova University Logo Villanova (-3) It's getting harder to keep Nova highly ranked when they haven't played in a month. Let's hope Tuesday's game vs. Seton Hall happens.
8 University of Houston Logo Houston (+3) A one-point loss to Tulsa is what's keeping Houston out of the top five. The Cougars are back in business with four straight wins.
9 University of Kansas Logo Kansas (-3) No opportunities last week for Kansas to rectify a loss at Oklahoma State, so they drop three spots. Massive one at Baylor on Monday.
10 University of Alabama Logo Alabama (+9) Last week, I said Alabama was HOT. This week, they are BURNING. Six straight SEC wins with total dominations of Kentucky and Arkansas.
11 Creighton University Logo Creighton (-4) Creighton may have been hosed on a missed call in the Butler loss, but they shouldn't have been in that situation against a 3-7 team.
12 Ohio State University Logo Ohio State (+8) Winning at Rutgers and at Illinois in the span of a week is an extremely impressive feat. There's a Northwestern win in there too.
13 University of Wisconsin-Madison Logo Wisconsin (-3) A nice win at the always-difficult-to-win-at RAC offsets some of the damage from the disaster loss to Michigan. Not all of it, though.
14 University of Connecticut Logo UConn (+2) Good win at DePaul to reach 7-1 and 4-1 in conference. Terrible shame that the ranked matchup against Villanova had to be called off.
15 Texas Tech University Logo Texas Tech (0) Tech reclaims the title of best four-loss team. OK results last week with a great upset win over Texas but also a close loss to Baylor.
16 Saint Louis University Logo St. Louis (-3) Similar situation to Villanova: It's hard to warrant keeping Saint Louis ranked so highly when they haven't played in nearly a month.
17 University of Oregon Logo Oregon (0) No action last week keeps Oregon in the same place. The Ducks are no sure thing to win the Pac-12 with UCLA, USC and Colorado around.
18 University of California, Los Angeles Logo UCLA (0) I would buy the argument that UCLA is actually the top team in the Pac-12 right now, though a close call vs. Washington has me cautious.
19 University of Virginia Logo Virginia (NEW) At last, the long-awaited return of UVA to my rankings! Hard to argue against the last three games, outscoring ACC opponents 226-167.
20 University of Minnesota Logo Minnesota (NEW) The Gophers may have four losses, including three since Dec. 31, but how do you leave out a team that plays like Gonzaga when at home?
21 University of Missouri Logo Missouri (0) A very solid win over Texas A&M keeps the Tigers in place. Would have moved up if not for the performances from Virginia and Minnesota.
22 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo Virginia Tech (0) It's an odd season when you beat Duke and don't move up. But that win is only Quad 3 at the moment, and UVA and Minny impressed more.
23 Oklahoma State University Logo Oklahoma State (NEW) Wins over Kansas and Texas Tech mean Oklahoma State has to be ranked, even with losses to TCU and a blown 19-point lead to WVU.
24 Clemson University Logo Clemson (-12) A 35-point loss to Virginia is atrocious and deserves a drop, but a 9-2 record with seven Quad I & II wins should keep Clemson ranked.
25 University of Louisville Logo Louisville (0) I want to rank Colorado higher, but the top 25 is so loaded that Louisville fell out. Next 5: Louisville, USC, LSU, West Virginia, Drake