There's nothing more dangerous for an Associated Press Top 25 college basketball voter than a ranked team taking a surprising loss right in the middle of the final Sunday of the NFL's regular season. The latest AP poll is a reminder of that, which is perfect for this weekly Poll Attacks column.
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Purdue entered last week with an 11-2 record featuring a win over Notre Dame and losses to Villanova and Louisville. David Cloninger, who covers college basketball for a newspaper in South Carolina, considered all of this and ranked the Boilermakers 18th on his ballot, which I thought was a little low. But whatever. I was fine with it. Naturally, I was curious to see how much Cloninger would punish Purdue for losing Sunday at home to unranked Minnesota.
Would he drop the Boilermakers all the way out?
Cloninger actually moved Purdue from 18th to 14th on his ballot this week, and you and I both know why. It's because he just assumed the Boilermakers, as 14-point favorites, would beat Minnesota. But they didn't. They lost 91-82 in overtime. And let this be a lesson for AP voters everywhere.
I know that Falcons-Saints game was wild.
But you still have to pay attention.