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The AP Top 25 is Out: A Comparison To Our Rankings

Our Top 25 rankings have been out since June 9th and our top 50 before July. There have been a few edits as players were added or didn’t show up. We have run our model and laid eyes on every team’s roster, and now that the AP Poll is out, let’s see how they line up.

The AP Poll in my opinion is a superior poll to the Coaches Poll. I don’t think either is usually that great because I question how much effort the voters are putting into it. Have they seen every roster and poured over thousands of players? Probably not, especially the Coaches, or whatever assistant or staffer they have done it. Some coaches probably specify to throw coaching friends a bone or previous schools they worked at. The old Steve Spurrier voting Duke Football top 25 every year joke. You can’t be completely objective regardless as a coach or likely that informed on every team.

If you want our previews, rankings, stats, and more in-depth reasons for why we rank each team where you can check them out here.

Let’s first take a look at the AP Top 25 (44 receiving votes)

AP Top 25
1N. Carolina
2Gonzaga
3Houston
4Kentucky
5Baylor
5Kansas
7Duke
8UCLA
9Creighton
10Arkansas
11Tennessee
12Texas
13Indiana
14TCU
15Auburn
16Villanova
17Arizona
18Virginia
19San Diego St
20Alabama
21Oregon
22Michigan
23Illinois
24Dayton
25Texas Tech
26Texas A&M
27UConn
28Miami
29Purdue
30Saint Louis
31Michigan State
32Florida State
33Xavier
34Wyoming
35Ohio State
36Iowa
37Rutgers
38Florida
39USC
40Toledo
41Virginia Tech
42Memphis
43Notre Dame
44UAB

Here were our Rankings

TR Top 25
1Gonzaga
2North Carolina
3Kentucky
4Houston
5Baylor
6Texas
7Tennessee
8UCLA
9Kansas
10Indiana
11Miami
12Arkansas
13Arizona
14Duke
15San Diego St
16Auburn
17TCU
18Oklahoma
19Alabama
20Xavier
21Dayton
22Oregon
23UConn
24Florida
25Creighton
26St Louis
27Texas A&M
28Iowa
29Missouri
30UAB
31Wyoming
32LSU
33Virginia
34Texas Tech
35Illinois
36Ohio State
37Oklahoma State
38Villanova
39Providence
40Memphis
41Wisconsin
42Purdue
43Michigan
44Iowa State

Ranking Differences by Number

Overall, it’s closer than I would have expected. 24 of the 44 teams there was a lot of agreement on, all ranking with in 4 spots in both polls. Now let’s take a look at where the major differences were.

Higher OnSpots Difference
Miami17
Florida14
UAB14
Xavier13
Iowa8
Texas6

These are the teams I believe a lot more in. I can understand why some may not have Miami as high as I do, but I stand behind that pick. I’m a much bigger believer in Nijel Pack than most. For the rest of the teams you can read about why we are high on in our previews.

Lower onSpots Difference
Toledo73
USC30
Rutgers27
Florida State24
Villanova22
Michigan21
Notre Dame18
Virginia17
Michigan State17
Creighton16
Purdue13
Illinois12
Texas Tech9
Duke7

Toledo must be one of those joke votes which discredits the rankings in my opinion. They lost Ryan Rollins to the NBA as the 44th draft pick and only had a NET ranking of 86th with him. We talk about them in our Mid Major Preview. A vote in the top 25 is ridiculous. I haven’t got a lot else to say on the rest of the list. They are all covered as to why we rank them where we do in our Top 50 or conference previews. Check them out if you want to the argument. The cool thing is we can see who is right at the end of the year.

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