There is somebody who thinks there are three teams that deserve to be ranked ahead of Wake Forest.
This is why the Poll Attacks are easy, folks.
Let's do this!
AP poll: I explained in great detail over the weekend why Wake Forest had to be the No. 1 team in the country. On Monday, 68 of the 72 AP voters agreed with my way of thinking, meaning 68 of the 72 voters at least have the top slot on their ballots filled out correcty.
And then there's John Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News.
Holy crap, does he have a goofy ballot.
Would you believe Wilner has Wake Forest -- the nation's only undefeated team with wins over No. 5 North Carolina and No. 10 Clemson -- ranked behind Duke, Michigan State and Oklahoma, i.e., three teams that can't possibly match Wake Forest's body of work? I mean, even if you forget the obvious fact that Wake Forest has remained perfect while Duke has a loss (at Michigan), Michigan State has two losses (to Maryland and UNC) and Oklahoma has a loss (at Arkansas), it's important to recognize the Demon Deacons have two wins over teams currently ranked in the AP Top 10.
Now I know what you're thinking:
How many wins over teams currently ranked in the AP Top 10 does Duke have, Gary?
The Blue Devils' best win is over No. 12 Georgetown.
How many wins over teams currently ranked in the AP Top 10 does Michigan State have, Gary?
The Spartans' best win is over No. 14 Texas.
How many wins over teams currently ranked in the AP Top 10 does Oklahoma have, Gary?
The Sooners' best win is over No. 14 Texas.
So to summarize, Wake Forest has no losses and two wins better than any win Duke, Michigan State and Oklahoma possess, and yet Wilner has those three schools ranked ahead of Dino Gaudio's Demon Deacons. There is no logical way to defend such a ballot. But Wilner also has Tennessee ranked 20th and Clemson unranked, and he couldn't possibly defend that either. So perhaps logic doesn't matter as much as I like to pretend.
Coaches poll: I was ready to ride Arkansas all the way to the SEC West title after the Hogs beat Oklahoma and Texas, because I loved Courtney Fortson and Michael Washington and just the general make-up of the team. I defended them to no end. But now I must question how they are getting two points in the Coaches poll, because they should no longer be getting any votes in any poll unless it's a poll about the most disapointing starts to league play.
Arkansas has dropped three straight -- to Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Florida -- and is tied with Georgia for last place in the SEC's overall standings, and my general rule in ranking basketball teams is that if you happen to be tied with Georgia in any form you must be eliminated from consideration.
Who could argue with that?