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January 29, 2007 at 3:06 PM

Newest rankings unveiled

Monday means another day of new rankings, so here they are.
First, here’s the AP Poll, once again including five Pac-10 teams, though if with some changes — UCLA is at No. 5, after losing to Stanford, Oregon at No, 9, Washington State at 18, Arizona at 20 and Stanford at 23, replacing USC, which was in the poll last week before being beaten soundly by the Cardinal on Thursday night.
Here, also, is the Coaches Poll, which includes just four Pac-10 teams — UCLA at 5, Oregon at 9, Washington State at 17 and Arizona at 22.
And here is my AP poll for this week.
1, Florida
2, Wisconsin
3, North Carolina
4, Ohio State
5, UCLA
6, Kansas
7, Pittsburgh
8, Oregon
9, Duke
10, Texas A&M
11, Memphis
12, Butler
13, Oklahoma State
14, Marquette
15, Nevada
16, Virginia Tech
17, Washington State
18, Air Force
19, Kentucky
20, Georgetown
21, Alabama
22, Stanford
23, Vanderbilt
24, Clemson
25, USC
To address a few things — I have five Pac-10 teams in my poll but left USC in, added Stanford, and removed Arizona, which has lost five of seven, including a loss to USC last week. I moved Oregon down three spots feeling the Ducks shouldn’t be punished too greatly for losing to UW on the road without Aaron Brooks (that’s not to diminish UW’s win, but I feel all factors have to be taken into consideration when voting). And I left the Cougars right where I had them last week.
I’ve seen some disbelief on here already over WSU not moving down much despite losing, but you have to remember there were a lot of losses by teams in the poll this week — 12 ranked teams suffered defeats this week, Alabama, LSU and Clemson each losing twice.
So one loss, especially to another ranked team in a tightly contested game, wasn’t that great of a sin considering some of the losses other teams had this week.
In similar fashion, I left Clemson in the poll, giving them some benefit of the doubt for losing in controversial style at Duke, then suffering another loss Sunday that had to be influenced in part by the letdown of the Duke game.
Here, also, are the latest RPI rankings. The Pac-10 dropped to No. 3, behind the ACC and the SEC, after Arizona’s loss to North Carolina. Here is a breakout of the Pac-10 showing the Huskies at No. 72, up from the low 80s last week, but also still eighth among conference teams. That Pitt game, obviously, looms huge.

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