I’ve griped for years that too many coaches and media members mail in their votes without doing any research – especially for the preseason. I know for a fact that at least one coach put down Grand Canyon as one of the top teams in DII for 2014 despite that fact the Antelopes moved to DI during the offseason. I’m sure he did what many others did – just opened up last year’s final rankings and shuffled teams around a bit before submitting his ballot.
As another shining example of this I submit to you last year’s statistics for Missouri Western. The Griffs were great last season and rewrote their records books, but it was due to an extremely senior laden team. MWSU finished the year nationally ranked around the twenty mark depending on who your ranking provider of choice is. Continue reading