2/13 Bidwell's Blog: Murray State's AP voting breakdown
I was very curious to see how far Murray State would fall in the AP Poll after losing their first game of the year last week. I thought they'd drop all the way to 18th, but they got a little more respect than I expected only falling to 16th.
The last few weeks, the variance in how the 65 AP voters thought about Murray State was getting slimmer and slimmer. This week, the voters are all over the place. Three voters put the Racers as high as 9th, while one voter didn't rank them at all. There was so little consensus, the most voters to agree on putting Murray State in any one specific spot in the poll was seven.
After digging around, I found a few other interesting poll nuggets. When the Racers first entered the AP Poll back in December, no voter had them higher on his ballot than Tom Keegan of the Lawrence (KS) Journal-World. This week, Keegan is the only voter to not have the Racers on his ballot.
Some of you have been antsy lately with Ron Morris of "The State" in Columbia, SC. No matter how many wins the Racers ripped off to start the year, Morris wouldn't budge them above #20 on his ballot. So how far did he drop them after the Racers finally lost? Once again, they're #20. Either Morris has dozed off and sent in last week's ballot again, or he's convinced himself Murray State is the #20 team in the country -- period.
As always, the polls don't matter. They're just a weekly snapshot of how 65 people view the nation's best teams. With that in mind, here is the breakdown of how those voters saw Murray State this week.
9th place: 3 votes -- Toni Gennetti (Chicago Sun-Times), Mark Smith (Albuquerque Journal), Bill Cole (Winston-Salem Journal)
23rd place: 5 votes
Not on the ballot: Tom Keegan (Lawrence Journal-World)