There might be a few questions about some AP ballots. File Photo:Lindsay Anderson/The Hoya
The new polls came out today and the Hoyas dropped one spot to 11th in the AP and three spots to 13th in the Coaches poll. While it seems most pollsters are reluctant to give up on the Hoyas even with three wins in their last seven games, some are already jumping ship.
Pollspeak, a site which lists and compares all of the ballots of AP voters, showed that the vast majority had the Hoyas somewhere between ninth (their highest ranking on the current ballot) and 16th. Just five of the 65 ballots had the Hoyas below 16th. Two pollsters kept the Hoyas unranked this week, however, and one of those two is John Feinstein of The Washington Post.
Feinstein is technically a national voter for NPR as The Examiner’s Craig Stouffer (Hoyas at 12 this week) gets DC’s vote. Feinstein dropped the Hoyas out of the Top 25 after ranking them 16th last week. 16th was the third-lowest any voter had the Hoyas last week. Ahead of the Hoyas on his ballot this week are Cornell, which lost to Penn 10 days ago, Texas, which has lost 6-of-10 games, Gonzaga, which just lost to Loyola Marymount (not the 1990 team) and Maryland.
Before any accusations of Georgetown prejudice gets thrown at Feinstein, however, it is important to note that in week 14, before the loss to Rutgers, he had the Hoyas at No. 8 in the poll, which was par for the course, considering they were ranked seventh. If anything, Feinstein’s vote may just be a sign that memories of last season’s collapse are fresh in some minds.
Fortunately for the Hoyas, the rest of the AP voters haven’t decided to sell their Georgetown stock just yet. A win on the road at Louisville may put the Hoyas back on Feinstein’s ballot, but a loss could also force other voters to follow Feinstein’s lead and drop them.