Okay, so Syracuse isn't the top-ranked team in the nation yet. Oh well. At least this time around, we're finally up and over Ohio State in both polls -- at least in part due to the Buckeyes struggling to get by Notre Dame the other night. Once again though, Syracuse is No. 2 in both the AP Poll (still outright) and Coaches Poll (outright for the first time). The Orange received two first-place votes in the AP Rankings, just like last week, so you can probably assume they're from the same voters: the Roanoke Times' Mark Berman and WDRB-TV (Louisville)'s Rick Bozich. Unfortunately, no updates from PollSpeak this week, so we're making blind guesses.
PollSpeak never has updates on the Coaches Poll until the end of the year (when things are public), but there's still a hold over on Ohio State over there, with a voter (whoever they may be) continuing to put them at No. 1. Joking yesterday, Syracuse.com's Brent Axe thinks it could be Boeheim "for the luz, of course." I wouldn't put it past him either. Especially with OSU coach Thad Matta not having a vote of his own.
If you're in search of other ACC teams in the rankings, Duke holds sole possession of the ninth spot in both the Coaches and AP polls, respectively. North Carolina checks in at No. 19 in both. After pulling an upset of then-undefeated UMass, Florida State's moved up into receiving votes along with Pitt, who may have vaulted into the top 25 this week had they not lost that horrendous contest to Cincinnati. Also: SU's next opponent, Villanova, is now up to No. 8 in both polls. The Wildats are tested and dangerous, and will give us all we can handle come Saturday.
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