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Big East may get rare Top 25 snub

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Brett McMurphy

Updated Aug 13, 2009 at 02:36 PM

When the Associated Press preseason poll is released on Aug. 22, it’s doubtful a Big East team will be ranked in the Top 25.

If so, it will be only the third weekly poll since the league began in 1991 that the Big East is not represented in the AP rankings, according to Chuck Sullivan, the Big East’s director of communications. The Big East also wasn’t represented in the Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 polls in 1995.

If the Big East is blanked in the AP preseason poll, it won’t be from a lack of Big East-based voters. Of the 60 AP voters, five, including myself, cover Big East schools.

The others: Desmond Conner, of the Hartford Courant; Kevin Gorman, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Keith Sargeant, of Gannett N.J. Newspapers; and Mitch Vingle, of the Charleston Gazette.

I’ll disclose my preseason ballot on the blog next week, but I will let you know that Florida was my preseason No. 1 and I had two Big East teams in my preseason Top 25: No. 21 Pittsburgh and No. 23 Rutgers.

Reader Comments

Por (High Tech Bull) on August 13, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Preseason polls are not that important.  It is more based on perception of the team last year, which starters are still on this year’s team, which underclassmen stepped up to a starting role, and who the school recruited.

None of that is based on on-field performance this year.  It is more of a media and messageboard topic.

Now if after 4 to 5 weeks the BIG EAST does not have a top 25 team, then there is probably something to worry about in the conference.  I really doubt that will happen, and several BIG EAST teams will step up to the plate.

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Por (Brett McMurphy) on August 13, 2009 (Suggest removal)

High Tech Bull, I think several Big East teams will emerge, but if they just beat each other up - and it’s perceived as a weak league - it could be difficult for the league to maintain a Top 25 team. Who knows, though? As much as every one studies and breaks down all the info, there are still a ton of surprises: such as USF climbing to No. 2 two years ago.

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Por (Hector Jimenez) on August 13, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Brett…I have to say that Pitt and RU on the ballot looks a lot worse to me than actually leaving them off.

I don’t see the love affair with RU…every team in the BE has too many questions to answer before they should be considered for top 25 status.

The BE will have two teams in the top 25 by year’s end, in my opinion, but to place them in the preseason poll is not right to me.

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Por (Brett McMurphy) on August 13, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Hector, you make a good argument. But there weren’t one or two teams that I left out of my Top 25 that I looked at and thought ‘they have to be in my Top 25.’ Pitt and Rutgers are the schools I picked first and second in the Big East and I felt they deserved Top 25 consideration.

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