So we lost, albeit on the road and only by 9, but we didn't look good in doing so. Saving grace is that every pollster probably didn't watch the game, so final score doesn't look too bad. I've already heard Gottlieb saying that SU doesn't have any great wins so is this the time to finally bash us? When the polls come out tomorrow, we are pretty much guaranteed to drop from our #1 spot, but how far? Let's look at some of how the other teams fared and keep in mind I am trying to be as pollster minded as possible. (Caveat: I know none of this matters in January but let's just hypothesize for a bit here because it's better than doing the work I'm supposed to be doing right now)
#2 Kentucky, now 19-1 and having occupied the #2 spot for weeks now, will likely move into the #1 slot.
#3 Baylor just lost to Missouri and Kansas and are now 17-2. They lost to two top 10 teams, so despite the two losses, is there a chance they don't fall behind SU?
#4 Duke is now 16-3 but lost at home to FSU. Can't see them ahead of SU.
#5 Missouri is 18-1 and just beat Baylor. This is your #2 team this week, folks. Book it.
#6 Ohio State has been #1 amongst many pundits despite their actual ranking. Now 17-3 after drubbing Nebraska, no time like the present to place them ahead of the pretender Orange.
#7 Kansas beat Baylor and Texas and are now 16-3. They did beat ranked team, whereas SU did not...
#8 UNC is 16-3 but one week removed from their drubbing at FSU. However, FSU just beat Duke at home, so that loss doesn't sting as much. They just shellacked common opponent Virginia Tech whereas SU only squeaked by.
Given all the above, this is how I see the rankings come tomorrow:
3. Ohio State
6. North Carolina
I don't care where we end up really, but I just think people are itching to penalize us now that we've finally lost. As long as we wake up against Cinci, all will be good. What's your take?