Three weeks after the preseason drops, the Week 1 poll arrives. Let the games begin.
Arizona State – lost one #1 vote, they now have two
Michigan State – despite not playing a game yet dropped one spot in the poll from 5th to 6th, they also have one #1 vote
BYU – falls to 9th after their loss to San Diego State, blowouts of UNLV and Montana likely kept them in the top 10
Cal Poly and Georgia Tech – the biggest moves jumping 5 spots Cal Poly, now at 8th, Georgia Tech, now at 20th
UCSB – somehow still ranked at 24th, despite a 1-3 record and only scoring 20 goals, the lone win was a 5-4 triumph over USC
Sonoma State – jumped 4 spots despite a 2-2 record, not sure who was impressed by their victories over Texas and Simon Fraser
San Diego State – beats BYU and losses to Cal Poly but doesn’t move up 21st
Liberty and Minnesota Duluth – also jumped 4 spots to 14th and 18th respectively
The most ridiculous part of the poll is at the bottom. Mildly understandable given the time of the year, but there are still some glaring mistakes.
DIV I Others Receiving Votes
Oregon State 46, Minnesota 27, Indiana 27, Stanford 25, Southern Methodist 23, Dominican 14, Oregon 6, Georgia 5, San Diego State 4, Pittsburgh 4, Oregon 3, New Hampshire 3, Idaho 2, Minnesota St- Mankato 1, Texas A & M 1, Illinois 1
If you voted for New Hampshire, Idaho, Mankato, Texas A&M, or Illinois, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote anymore.
DIV I Others Receiving Votes
Texas 56, Minnesota 46, California 38, LSU 37, Texas St 31, Indiana 27, Stanford 18, USC 16, Georgia 9, UCLA 8, Texas A & M 7, South Carolina 7, Connecticut 5, Southern Methodist 4, Pittsburgh 3, Loyola Marymount 3, Santa Clara 3, Boise State 3, New Hampshire 2, North Texas 2, Oklahoma 2, Buffalo 1
Probably worse than the preseason poll. Probably the worst you could do.
North Texas and Oklahoma?
Probably the biggest advocate for getting new blood into the program, but there isn’t a significant win North Texas or Oklahoma’s schedule and there won’t be a significant win on their scehdule to suggest that they belong in the top 25 in Week 1 of the poll. Continue to stay undefeated and next week’s poll makes a little more sense. Being 3-0 with wins over Tulsa, St. Gregory’s, and Southern Methodist is not good enough to break into the top 25. If one team has an undefeated regular season, get them in the top 25. Don’t vote for them after wins over Baylor, Tarleton State, Sam Houston State, and Texas Tech.
How does Oregon go from 6 and 3 points in Preseason (yes, Oregon is listed twice in the receiving votes list) to 0 points in Week One? How are voters aware of Oregon’s downfall and willing to recognize it as such but somehow enamored by North Texas, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Southern Methodist, Pittsburgh, Loyola Marymount or a Buffalo team that went 7-7 last year and hasn’t played a game yet in 2015? How can some many different voters come together to get one thing right but then go completely in the wrong direction a moment later?
Who gave South Carolina points for a 14-4 win over UNC Charlotte and a 10-2 win over South Florida?
Texas received the most points outside with 56th. You could argue that they’re the 26th best team in the country. You could also say that they earned 56 points towards being in the top 25 despite significant graduation losses, a coaching change, and an 0-2 start in which they were outscored 40-5, albeit against ranked competition.
The MCLA poll has always made Tuesday mornings in February and March more exciting. Given the importance of the poll on getting teams into the national tournament, they should wait until late March to release the first official poll.
Or perhaps, the poll is moved back to a Friday morning release so coaches have a few days to digest the weekend results instead of scrambling to get them in on Monday.