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Dear Gary (on ranking Texas ahead of MSU)

Posted on: January 26, 2009 3:09 pm

Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: How can you rank Texas ahead of Michigan State? Texas has four losses and Michigan State has three. Plus, Michigan State BEAT Texas! You should be Poll Attacked!

-- Ben

I addressed this issue on one of the message boards, but I'll do it here, too, just to make sure everybody sees it. Because, honestly, I think any criticism about me having Texas ranked ahead of Michigan State in the Top 25 (and one) is fair, which is another way of saying that I believe I probably got it wrong.

To be clear, I like Texas.

The Longhorns have wins over Wisconsin, Villanova, UCLA and Texas A&M, and their four losses are all reasonable (except, perhaps, the one that came at Arkansas). Problem is, one of the losses was to Michigan State, and that should always be a tiebreaker when comparing comparable teams, the head-to-head match-up. And Michigan State won the head-to-head match-up. But the other problem with ranking Texas ahead of Michigan State is that Michigan State actually has the better body of work, particularly when you consider that the Spartans have a nation-high eight victories against schools ranked in the Top 50 at

Bottom line, I have no problem admitting when I mess-up.

And I think I might've messed this up.

But the good news is that when I mess-up it's the difference between No. 8 and No. 9, and not something crazy like what we see weekly in the AP and Coaches polls. And for that, I invite you to tune in a little later on today, when the Poll Attacks put real ignorance on display.

Meantime, here's how I wish I'd done the Top 10 (in hindsight):

1. Duke

2. Connecticut

3. Pittsburgh

4. Oklahoma

5. Wake Forest

6. North Carolina

7. Louisville

8. Michigan State

9. Texas

10. Marquette  


Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2009 9:52 am

Dear Gary (on ranking Texas ahead of MSU)

Kudo's to you Gary for admitting that you - like the rest of us - aren't perfect.  My opinion of you just went up a few notches.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2009 6:26 am

Dear Gary (on ranking Texas ahead of MSU)

Wow, it takes guts to admit to a casual fan that you made a mistake as a sports writer, and further to put that admission where all the other casual fans can read it.  Hats off to a classy move.

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