Week 5 bracketology and full AP voter totals

Justin Gorham slams it home / Photo by Mario Puente


 
Joe Lunardi released his Bracketology this morning and had the Coogs slipping to the 3-line. That makes sense with UH only playing one game in the last few weeks and falling to 11 in ESPN’s BPI.

Imagine if that bracket actually happened. Just the number of blue bloods UH could potentially knock off: Kansas, Syracuse, Louisville, North Carolina, and UCLA. Getting revenge against Michigan? Quentin Grimes facing his former team? That could be fun.

AP Voters & Their Ballots

This week, the Coogs held firm at #6 as Michigan State fell and Villanova jumped UH. The Nova move is completely justified but the Cougars will have an opportunity to move up this week with wins over Temple and UCF.

This week, 48 voters moved the Cougars up while 3 dropped them a spot (Cecil Hurt), two spots (Jesse Newell), or 3 spots (Doug Doughty). Some voters, like Newell, use predictive analytics tools like KenPom and BartTorvik to structure his vote. I don’t have an issue with his vote changing as the ratings shift.

Jon Wilner’s ballot continues to mystify: he has UH at 13 which is an “extreme pick” according to CollegePollTracker.com. Wilner has many other extreme picks: no one ranks Duke higher than he does (9th – they’re actually 20th) or VT (12th – they’re 24th), Minnesota (23rd – they’re 40th in points), and Northwestern (25th – they’re 38th). And no voter ranks Tennessee lower (20th – they’re actually 8th). He’s an extreme pick 8 times.

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PollsterOrganization12/2112/1412/711/30
Bob BallouCBS Austin67612
Chris BasnettLincoln JS4645
Mark BermanRoanoke Times7888
Sam BlumDallas News3444
David BorgesConnecticut Insider78823
Rick BozichWDRB (KY)6789
Jeff BorzelloESPN (NYC)4447
Kevin BrockwayGainesville Sun (FL)46910
Lauren BrownlowWRAL (NC)4439
Joe BuettnerNorman Transcript5658
Jeff CallDeseret News (UT)67913
Jerry CarinoGannett (NJ)571111
David CloningerThe State (SC)56811
Clayton CollierWATN (TN)671111
James CrepeaOregonian78910
Seth DavisThe Athletic (NYC)15181718
Luke DeCockNews & Observer (VA)89910
Donna DitotaSyracuse P-S9999
Doug DoughtyRoanoke Times96517
Jack EblingWSYM (MI)78NV13
Wayne EppsRichmond T-D (VA)56713
Marcus FullerSt. Paul PP (MN)681414
Geoff GrammerABQ Journal (NM)6668
Adam GrosbardOrange County Register5688
Jordan HansenMissoulian (MT)3557
Steve HewittBoston Herald791213
Brian HollandWVLA Baton Rouge6677
Bob HoltArkansas D-G891313
Donald HuntPhilly Tribune44418
Cecil HurtTuscaloosa News109910
David JablonskiDayton News88717
Justin JacksonMorgantown DP66915
Ethan JoyceW-S Journal (NC)35511
Joe JulianoPhilly Inquirer671012
Lauren KirschmanNews Tribune (WA)8101113
Paul KleeDenver Gazette66NV6
Zach KleinWSB (Atlanta)4678
Chad LeistikowDM Register (IA)66510
Dave MatterSt. Louis P-D67711
Kevin McNamaraProvidence Journal8101313
Stephen MeansCleveland.com4101015
Craig MeyerPittsburgh P-G4569
Sheldon MicklesBR Advocate (LA)571114
Chris MurrayNevada Sports Net57610
Matt MurschelOrlando Sentinel46716
Jesse NewellKC Star97610
Bruce PascoeArizona D-S9998
Dave PrestonWTOP Radio (DC)891218
Troy Provost-HeronKnoxville DT6788
Jeff Rabjohns247 Sports (IN)5669
BJ RainsIdaho P-T5688
Scott RicheyNews Gazette (IL)4447
Jon RothsteinCBS Sports (NYC)46713
Shannon RyanChicago Tribune781112
Ben SteeleMilwaukee JS4669
Nick SussClarion Ledger (MS)68711
Edgar ThompsonOrlando Sentinel4977
Stephen TsaiHonolulu Advertiser8NVNVNV
Dick VitaleESPN (FL)78912
Josh VitaleMont Advertiser (AL)891011
Ken Weinman105.7 The Fan (MD)46915
John WernerWaco T-H46713
Scott WolfLA Daily News791111
Jon WilnerSan Jose MN13141312
Point Total:127211691090949
Total Voters64626163
Final Ranking:66710

NV = voter did not cast a ballot that week
 
Stephen Means of Cleveland.com moved UH six spots from 10th to 4th while Edgar Thompson from Orlando moved UH from 9th to 4th just in time for the Coogs to play UCF. In all, 18 voters moved UH up two or more spots this week.

John Feinstein continues to honor his commitment to Cougar fans – he did not vote.
 

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