• 72Aggie
    255
    I'll take any votes, but like most polls, you need a couple more weeks to shake this out. How does UCD get 2 votes after disassembling San Diego...which received 16 votes? EWU seems to be ranked pretty high considering their slow start.
  • CA Forever
    450
    Yep outside of the top couple spots (JMU and NDSU are clearly 1 and 2 right now), polls don't mean a whole lot just a couple weeks into the season. I think the discrepancy in votes has a lot to do with their initial placement from their results last season and reputation. EWU is getting by on reputation right now. They've played 2 good teams so far, but they haven't looked competitive at all compared to the last couple seasons where they would have. They could just be a middle of the pack team in the Big Sky this season. In fact, over on their fan forum there are some fans calling for Gubrud to be benched. In regards to San Diego, I think the voters are hesitant to drop any team a huge amount. USD needed a comeback win against a D2 school and did next to nothing against us. If they don't pick it up in their conference play they will find themselves out of the rankings pretty quickly.

    I'm just happy that it looks like we're getting back on the right track, of course as others have mentioned, Gould looked decent in his first season too. I'm going to be looking for continued improvement as Hawkins and staff continue to recruit their guys and refine their gameplans. There are very few reasons as to why we couldn't be a powerhouse in the Big Sky.
  • Kerberos
    32
    Didn't Gould start that first season 0-4, though? Completely agree that it's WAY too early to judge Hawkins yet, but there just seem to be many more indicators of upward trajectory now compared to 4 years ago. Time will tell, but I'm just happy to be cautiously optimistic instead of increasingly worried (4 years ago) or hopelessly depressed (2 years ago).
  • CA Forever
    450
    Yeah we did start 0-4 in Gould's first season, but we ended up going 5-3 in conference which people were pretty excited about at the time. Hell, even if we do get blown up this season in conference we should still be a fun and fast paced team to watch which is significantly better than getting blown up while running a low risk, low excitement, ineffective offense.
  • Riveraggie
    167
    The Big Sky isn't that tough, we've just happened to be bad since we joined. Evidence for that is our record against Big Sky teams before we joined, and look at the sagarin ratings of the teams all clustered around mediocrity. I think we will win games here and there and be competitive in most games in conference.
  • ucdavisaggie05
    96
    The Ags picked up an additional 10 votes (for a total of 12) in this week's poll. They could get closer to a seat at the top 25 table with a win over No. 18 (coaches)/23 (STATS) Weber State.
  • BlueGoldAg
    965
    Jeff Sagarin has the Ags ranked 5th in the Big Sky and #148 out of 255 D1 teams overall.

    121 - Eastern Washington
    126 - North Dakota
    139 - Southern Utah
    147 - Weber State
    148 - UCD
    149 - Montana
    152 - Northern Arizona
    167 - Montana State
    170 - Cal Poly
    178 - Northern Colorado
    180 - Portland State
    201 - Idaho State
    202 - Sac State

    http://sagarin.com/sports/cfsend.htm
  • Bige70
    69
    How low is UNR ranked if they lost to Idaho State last week.
  • BlueGoldAg
    965
    Nevada 0-3 is #132.

    Other teams of west coast interest:

    #8 Washington 3-0
    #10 USC 3-0
    #19 Oregon 3-0
    #22 Stanford 1-2 (go figure)
    #24 Washington State 3-0
    #30 UCLA 2-1
    #42 SDSU 3-0 (with a win over Stanford and 20 places behind the Cardinal..huh..)
    #48 NDSU 2-0 (highest ranked FCS team)
    #52 Cal 3-0
    #96 Oregon State 1-3
    #129 Fresno State 1-2
    #138 San Jose State 1-3
  • ucdavisaggie05
    96
    By those numbers...Saturday should be a good one!
  • BlueGoldAg
    965
    Yep, I think it's going to be a nail-biter!
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