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: