Local Poll Week III: Voter Frauds
I'll tell ya, good help is hard to find. The Terps have lost three out of four. Their second best win is against Fairfield. They received a combined zero votes in this week's AP and coaches polls. And yet, in a poll of local voters dedicated to the championing of the little guy, the Terps remain third, ahead of Richmond (wins over Mississippi State and Missouri) and William & Mary (wins over Wake Forest and Richmond), both of which are getting votes in both national polls.
I know what you're thinking: "If you're so smart, Steinberg, why don't you just rank the damn teams yourself." Because I'm too busy transcribing radio interviews, wise guy.
Anyhow, the 11 teams here remain unchanged for a third straight week, although the order yet again gets shuffles. VCU takes the biggest fall, from 3rd to 7th, after losing to the Ampersand. GW is the biggest gainer, from 9th up to 6th after a successful BB&T. And on the day before Pearl Harbor Day, the Daily Colonial, GW Hatchet AND official GW Web site all went with versions of the "GW Sinks Navy" headline.
Here are the totals. We have team, record (through Sunday's games), points and first-place votes. Last week's standings are found below. More of the hilarious pithy comments will appear at a later time, and have fun watching Richmond vs. VCU.
1. Georgetown (6-0) 963 (91)
--Next: Tuesday vs. Butler, TBD, Saturday at Washington.
--Can't wait 'til they finally play GW in the Battle of the 20-Minute Walk from the Foggy Bottom Station. (Max Wasserman)
2. Virginia Tech (6-1) 708 (1)
--Next: Wednesday vs. VMI, Saturday at Penn State.
--Beat Iowa and Georgia with a game at Penn State this weekend. They do know basketball wins don't count towards BCS standings, right? (Markus Videnieks)
3. Maryland (5-3) 672 (1)
--Next: Saturday vs. Eastern Kentucky.
--Exhibition win over Indiana (Pa.) led to win over the real Indiana. Terps already searching the map for a Duke (Pa.). (Mike Steele)
4. Richmond (7-1) 666 (3)
--Next: Saturday at No. 7 VCU.
--Doing a nice job of grooming Chris Mooney to be hired by Virginia in about four years. (Grant Kronenberg)
5. William & Mary (6-2) 642 (1)
--Break up William & Mary. (Eric Angevine)
6. George Washington (6-1) 522 (2)
--Next: Wednesday vs. Providence, Saturday at Towson.
--Foggy Bottom, stand up! You know, because this is your stop....You get off here, right....Hurry up, the doors are closing. (Bill Fitzgerald)
7. VCU (5-2) 459
--Next: Saturday vs. No. 4 Richmond.
--I'm calling Saturday's showdown with Richmond " The Battle of the James River." Not to be confused with "The Battle for James' Liver" from last month's "Reader's Digest." (Jamie Paquette)
8. Old Dominion (5-3) 268 (1)
--Tuesday vs. Mount St. Mary's, Friday at Dayton.
--Monarch butterflies travel thousands of miles over several generations to propagate their species. These guys couldn't even handle a trip to Richmond. (Jamie Paquette)
9. Virginia (4-3) 203
--Next: Monday at Auburn.
--Running out of coaches to buy out. (Mike Rannells)
10. George Mason (4-4) 152
--Next: Tuesday vs. Dayton, Saturday vs. Creighton.
--If the "Battle of the Orange Line" with George Washington had been held on a weekend, they'd probably have delayed it 45 minutes and only played on one half of the court because of "scheduled maintenance." (John Hawkes)
11. Morgan State (5-3) 91
--Next: Tuesday at Minnesota, Saturday vs. Manhattan.
--Bears beat Coppin State in the Battle of Charm City. Mayor Sheila Dixon was later charged with selling all of her comp tickets for the game on StubHub. (Tim Lyden)
Also receiving votes: Radford 52, James Madison 21, American 11, Mount St. Mary's 11, Howard 10, UMBC 9, VMI 9, Towson 8, Loyola 7, Coppin State 3, Hampton 3.
Last week's rankings
4. Virginia Tech
6. William & Mary
7. Old Dominion
8. George Mason
9. George Washington
11. Morgan State
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