So this is what it sounds like when doves cry?
The Syracuse Orange fall from their perch atop the polls for the first time in seven weeks after their loss to Notre Dame.
In the AP, the Orange drop to No. 3 behind new number one Kentucky and Missouri. Despite the loss, two AP voters still picked the Orange as their top team, Idaho Statesmen writer Nick Jezierny and Champaign News-Gazette writer Paul Klee. Kudos to them.
Seventeen voters put the Orange at No. 2, including Dick Vitale, Rich Bozich and Ron Morris(!). A good bulk put them at No. 3 while eleven voters dropped them all the way to No. 4. And then there's The Oregonian's Lindsay Schnell and he Columnia Daily Tribune's Steve Walentik, who both dropped the Orange all the way down to No. 5. Well then.
Over in the Coaches Poll, SU tumbles to No. 4 behind Kentucky, Missouri and three-loss Ohio State. Kentucky received all thirty-one first-place votes, so I guess that lone coach who held out all those weeks should have just stuck with the Cats.
Other Big East teams in the rankings includes No. 9/10 Georgetown, No. 17/18 Marquette and No. 24/19 UConn.
The Orange remain No. 1 in the RPI with a SOS of fifth overall. SU is 3-0 against Top 50 RPI teams with a whole bunch of RPI Top 20 games coming up.
Syracuse is No. 4 in the Massey Ratings, behind Kentucky, Missouri and Kansas.
They remain No. 1 in the Colley Matrix ahead of Duke, Kentucky and Baylor.
Jeff Sagarin has the Orange at No. 4 behind Ohio State, Kansas and Kentucky.