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!
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 CollegeRPI.com.
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):
5. Wake Forest
6. North Carolina
8. Michigan State