Oklahoma State University Logotbirdie_21's Ballot for Week 9 of 2020-21

Submitted on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 9:44PM EST
1 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga As we get toward the latter part of the season, my philosophy of my rankings will shift. There are two factors I consider:
2 Baylor University Logo Baylor 1. Throughout the entire season, my rankings are based on who gives themselves the best chance to win every game they play
3 Villanova University Logo Villanova 2. As we progress further until March, my rankings give much greater consideration to who can potentially win the national championship
4 University of Iowa Logo Iowa We really start to see this shift happen at this set of rankings. I'd like to point out a team like Michigan.
5 University of Texas at Austin Logo Texas Michigan has looked impressive throughout the entire season, but they lost by an incredible amount to Minnesota this week.
6 University of Tennessee Logo Tennessee I didn't drop Michigan too much because I know what Michigan is and they have more of an ability to perform well in 6 consecutive games.
7 University of Michigan Logo Michigan Or look at Louisville. I think I increased them even after a loss to Miami, because I think the team has the ability to make the Final Four.
8 University of Houston Logo Houston So I'm sure this ballot will cause a bit of controversy, but that's how I have always tended to shape my rankings.
9 University of Minnesota Logo Minnesota I don't look into the "what have you done for me lately," but rather a "how well can you perform over a considerable amount of time."
10 University of Louisville Logo Louisville
11 University of Oregon Logo Oregon
12 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Logo Illinois
13 University of Wisconsin-Madison Logo Wisconsin
14 Florida State University Logo Florida State
15 Ohio State University Logo Ohio State
16 Texas Tech University Logo Texas Tech
17 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo Virginia Tech
18 University of Connecticut Logo UConn
19 Creighton University Logo Creighton
20 University of Kansas Logo Kansas
21 Saint Louis University Logo St. Louis
22 West Virginia University Logo West Virginia
23 Drake University Logo Drake
24 University of Virginia Logo Virginia
25 University of Colorado Logo Colorado Next 5 out: Oklahoma State, Rutgers, Oklahoma, Duke, Clemson