Houston’s tumble in the AP is dumb but not surprising

Kelvin Sampson – January 2020 / Photo by Mario Puente


 
The Cougars took a tumble in the AP Poll this week – dropping from 5th to 11th after a one-point loss at Tulsa on Tuesday night. Moving down is hardly surprising but other top-10 teams that lost were treated differently.

After a 25-point home loss, their second loss of the year, Kansas dropped just three spots to 6th. WVU had two losses over two weeks and only fell seven spots total (7 to 14th). Houston’s convincing 14-point road win at previously-undefeated SMU did not do much to sway voters, it seems.

Jeff Call of the Deseret News plunged the Coogs from 5th to 15th while only nudging Kansas from 3rd to 6th. Jeff Borzello of ESPN dropped the Coogs 8 spots but thought Kansas should fall only two. Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald pushed Houston from 6 to 13 but love-tapped the Jayhawks, moving them from 3rd to 4th. Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune popped the Coogs from 7th to 20th while moving Kansas down just three spots.

Zach Klein from WSB in Atlanta jilted the Cougars, moving them from 4th to 14th but voted Kansas 3rd – the same as he did the week before. In all, 10 voters moved the Cougars down 8 spots or more.

John Feinstein did not vote.

PollsterOrganization1/412/2812/2112/14
Bob BallouCBS Austin12567
Chris BasnettLincoln JS10546
Mark BermanRoanoke Times11578
Sam BlumDallas News7334
David BorgesConnecticut Insider10778
Rick BozichWDRB (KY)10467
Jeff BorzelloESPN (NYC)12444
Kevin BrockwayGainesville Sun (FL)8546
Lauren BrownlowWRAL (NC)11544
Joe BuettnerNorman Transcript8456
Jeff CallDeseret News (UT)15567
Jerry CarinoGannett (NJ)11557
David CloningerThe State (SC)7456
Clayton CollierWATN (TN)11567
James CrepeaOregonian9578
Seth DavisThe Athletic (NYC)19121518
Luke DeCockNews & Observer (VA)10789
Donna DitotaSyracuse P-S10799
Doug DoughtyRoanoke Times9396
Jack EblingWSYM (MI)10678
Wayne EppsRichmond T-D (VA)10556
Marcus FullerSt. Paul PP (MN)9668
Geoff GrammerABQ Journal (NM)12466
Adam GrosbardOrange County Register10456
Jordan HansenMissoulian (MT)6335
Steve HewittBoston Herald13679
Brian HollandWVLA Baton Rouge10666
Bob HoltArkansas D-G10689
Donald HuntPhilly Tribune14444
Cecil HurtTuscaloosa News99109
David JablonskiDayton News12688
Justin JacksonMorgantown DP12666
Ethan JoyceW-S Journal (NC)12435
Joe JulianoPhilly Inquirer10567
Lauren KirschmanNews Tribune (WA)127810
Paul KleeDenver Gazette10666
Zach KleinWSB (Atlanta)14446
Chad LeistikowDM Register (IA)12566
Dave MatterSt. Louis P-D10767
Kevin McNamaraProvidence Journal148810
Stephen MeansCleveland.com134410
Craig MeyerPittsburgh P-G11445
Sheldon MicklesBR Advocate (LA)9557
Chris MurrayNevada Sports Net10457
Matt MurschelOrlando Sentinel9546
Jesse NewellKC Star9897
Bruce PascoeArizona D-S9899
Dave PrestonWTOP Radio (DC)11789
Troy Provost-HeronKnoxville DT13667
Jeff Rabjohns247 Sports (IN)14556
BJ RainsIdaho P-T10456
Scott RicheyNews Gazette (IL)9444
Jon RothsteinCBS Sports (NYC)9446
Shannon RyanChicago Tribune20778
Ben SteeleMilwaukee JS13546
Nick SussClarion Ledger (MS)10568
Edgar ThompsonOrlando Sentinel9449
Stephen TsaiHonolulu Advertiser578NV
Dick VitaleESPN (FL)12778
Josh VitaleMont Advertiser (AL)11689
Ken Weinman105.7 The Fan (MD)9646
John WernerWaco T-H8546
Scott WolfLA Daily News11679
Jon WilnerSan Jose MN1281314
Point Total:977131312721169
Total Voters64646462
Final Ranking:11566

UH was also 11th in the USA Today Coaches Poll.