Now before we continue, let's just get this out of the way. Polls aren't the sole measure of a team's success. They are a messy and muddled process that are obviously not devoid of flaws. Here's a stat we can all agree upon: Since 2008-09, SU is 170-36 for a winning percentage of .825.
However, looking at consistent rankings is another barometer of the 'respect' and visibility of the program.
In that same timeframe, our average rank in the AP (not including this week's ranking, so the numbers might change the tiniest bit) is 7.4. This is third in the country behind Duke (5.5) and Kansas (7.3). We have reached #1 three times, and have been at that perch for 8 total weeks. SU has also been ranked in 103 polls, for a percentage of 94.5% of the polls (second in the country).
Let's take a peek at from 2010-2014. Now, our average rank is 6.0, tied with Kansas and only trailing Duke (5.5). SU has appeared in 97.8% of polls. For reference, Georgetown has appeared in 73.3% of polls.
We are truly an elite program. I am proud to say that our fans on Saturday proved that. I'll be back sometime this week when I'm not swarmed with work to talk about the experience at the game and the literal shaking of the Carrier Dome speakers and lights. But very few programs have that kind of atmosphere and pre-game build up. If you're a bit insecure as an Orange fan, I know you have been through the ringer throughout the years. But it's coming time to understand that a new program norm is emerging.