Baylor Falls Out of the Top 25

Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Baylor fell predictably in the eyes of the pollsters following yesterday's loss in Morgantown.

The latest AP and Coaches' polls are outand the results is basically what we expected. By virtue of our 7-point loss to a now top-7/8 team in the WVU Mountaineers, Baylor fell from 24/25 in the rankings to 33/31, beneath such known quantities as Texas Tech, Texas A&M, UCLA, Louisiana Tech, and others. I'm not going to even address what people think Tech as shown at this point.

I get how these things work; a loss means that you fall in the rankings. A win means you rise. Had we won, we would have jumped quite a bit. Since we didn't, we fell. The logic of it doesn't exactly appeal to me, though, because it mandates decisions without context. WVU rose for beating us, but nobody seems concerned about their defense? What is the truth of what happened on their side yesterday to allow us to score 63 points? Is our offense that good or their defense that bad? Don't you think a team that scores 63 points on the road against a top-10 team should be ranked, regardless of their defensive performance? I do. And that's why I'll rank them in the BlogPoll this week.

And I think it represents a larger dismissal of our offense from yesterday, as if they weren't even on the field with Geno and company. It's frustrating because, had one possession gone the other day or one pass been intercepted, the entire narrative would be different. Instead of hearing about Geno's glorious day, we'd hear of the stunning comeback of Nick Florence and the Baylor Bears. That it is the reality of the situation doesn't answer the question of whether it should be. Geno's day is laudable despite the outcome, as are those of Florence and Terrance Williams, I think.

Anyway, here's the updated rankings:

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Alabama (60) 5-0 1500
2 Oregon 5-0 1430
3 Florida State 5-0 1349
4 LSU 5-0 1310
5 Georgia 5-0 1252
6 South Carolina 5-0 1152
7 Kansas State 4-0 1123
8 West Virginia 4-0 1066
9 Notre Dame 4-0 1043
10 Florida 4-0 937
11 Texas 4-0 932
12 Ohio State 5-0 793
13 USC 3-1 703
14 Oregon State 3-0 647
15 Clemson 4-1 608
15 TCU 4-0 608
17 Oklahoma 2-1 581
18 Stanford 3-1 509
19 Louisville 5-0 404
20 Mississippi State 4-0 306
21 Nebraska 4-1 240
22 Rutgers 4-0 160
23 Washington 3-1 159
24 Northwestern 5-0 143
25 UCLA 4-1 122
USA Today Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Alabama (57) 5-0 1472
2 Oregon 5-0 1403
3 LSU (1) 5-0 1327
4 Florida State (1) 5-0 1301
5 Georgia 5-0 1227
6 South Carolina 5-0 1161
7 West Virginia 4-0 1137
8 Kansas State 4-0 1050
9 Texas 4-0 981
10 Notre Dame 4-0 915
11 Florida 4-0 883
12 USC 3-1 784
13 TCU 4-0 749
14 Oklahoma 2-1 684
15 Clemson 4-1 626
16 Louisville 5-0 524
17 Oregon State 3-0 453
18 Stanford 3-1 452
19 Mississippi State 4-0 422
20 Nebraska 4-1 415
21 Rutgers 4-0 206
22 Northwestern 5-0 202
23 Cincinnati 3-0 175
24 Texas Tech 4-0 108
25 Boise State 3-1 83
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