Gotta agree. Louisville is a good team I think, but their ranked wins are Kentucky, a good team but not a great team, Purdue, who hit .124 against Louisville and Nebraska, who hit .046 against Louisville. Pittsburg's ranked wins are against Rice, no longer in the top 25, Washington St, no longer in the top 25, Baylor, who may be a decent team eventually.
Purdue and Nebraska are, I think, considerably overanked, as neither team's OH's are doing zip. Nebraska is having difficulty with serve receive and serving. Nebraska's serving in prior years has usually put pressure on their opponents, but doesn't seem to be doing that this year. Louisville had 5 aces against Nebraska and Nebraska only had 1 ace. Lexi Sun baffles me. I thought, going into this year, that she was a hitter on par with Jonni, who would be able get kills even on not so good sets. Maybe she is hurt a bit, or maybe just not as good as I thought she was. (Perish the thought ).
It's looking to me like the B1G is a bit down this year. Wisconsin is an excellent team this year, and MINN will be pretty good along with OH ST; OH ST might be an excellent team this year if they improve over last year. Purdue, Nebraska and, I fear, PSU are teams that at best will be in the teens somewhere.
I'm thinking that PSU has a good shot against all of the B1G teams except for WISC, MINN and OH St. And on good nites PSU has a chance against MINN and OH St. Looking at the polls earlier on, I was thinking that wins against Nebraska and Purdue would be really hard. But, on the negative side, Nebraska is ALWAYS up for PSU. So, no matter how poorly they play during the year, Nebraska will probably play pretty good against PSU.
As some analysts have said, WISC and TX are on a level all their own.
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I was baffled by TOSU on Sunday. IIRC they handled NotreDame (NR) easily on Friday on the road; then at home on Sunday which I watched, they played the first set in dominating fashion but ended up with the match going down to the wire. Looked somewhat beatable.
# Schl 1st Pts Rec Last# AND NOW, notable performances
1 Texas (53) 1589 8-0 1 " Played last Wed, did not play this weekend (argues for #4 and #5 to get some #1 votes?) 2 Wisconsin (11)15478-0 2 " split 1-1, one loss to an unranked team 3 Ohio State 1426 10-0 3 " went 0-2, v #7 and #20 4 Pittsburgh 1403 10-0 4 " went 2-0 in the ACC 5 Louisville 1386 8-0 5 " went 2-0 in the ACC 6 Washington 1210 7-1 7 taken to 46-44 in set 4 and lost in 5 to WSU; 0-2 in PAC12 after also losing to #15UTAH 7T Kentucky 1153 7-3 8 played only one match this week in SEC (W v UMo) 7T Purdue 1153 8-1 9 beat #3, 2-0 in B1G 9 Minnesota 1038 4-3 11 unranked MI took them to the wire Friday; they destroyed UMD on Sunday 10 Baylor 962 5-3 12 2 back-to-back Ws v unranked KsSt. 11 BYU 920 9-1 15 12 Nebraska 896 6-3 6 whoopsie-dazie 13 Oregon 863 9-1 13 14 Stanford 841 5-3 16 15 Utah 654 7-2 10 down 5 Swept by #24 Colorado 16 Creighton 602 12-1 17 17 Florida 574 6-4 14 down 3 Lost to unranked Mississippi St. 18 Georgia Tech 533 9-1 18 2-0 in ACC 19 UCLA 445 7-1 19 20 Penn State 427 7-3 20 2 sweeps, incl v #3 TOSU 21 Tennessee 289 8-2 22 22 W Kentucky 256 11-1 23 23 Pepperdine 240 8-1 24 24 Colorado 128 10-0 25 beat #15 25 San Diego 114 6-3 21 down 4
At least 2 votes went to: Marquette 41; North Carolina 39; Florida State 16; South Carolina 16; Ole Miss 12; UNLV 10; Boise State 7; Michigan 6; Rice 4
I think there is a lot of future movement built into those rankings.
such prescience! This Monday may be the biggest moving day all season.
Oregon should be in top 10 Washington should move out of top 10
Penn State should move up 5 places Ohio State should move down 10 places
Kentucky, Purdue and Minnesota should all move up 2-3 places
I bet Penn State is between 16th and 18th. One thing that seems clear now is that OSU was ranked #3 because of (in order of importance) 1) being undefeated (cross that one off, twice), 2) last season (cross that one off, it's past), and 3) being in the B1G. And I don't mean any disrespect to OSU -- it's a very, very good team. But I'll be very surprised if they end up being a Final Four team (then again, I've been very surprised many times in life, so . . . ).
One thing that is really annoying, is that once teams like Pittsburgh/Louisville get pretty high up, it's almost impossible to move them out as their conference (ACC) is pretty weak. So their only losses tend to be to each other. As you might have guessed, I think both teams are overrated. The AVCA poll doesn't matter all that much, but not infrequently, at the end of the year, the NCAA committee doing the seeding, gives teams too much credit and gives some teams an easy route to the semi-finals (cough cough - Texas).
I remember Missouri being undefeated, seeded #4 and losing to a mid-ranked B1G team (Purdue).