Update: FSU takes a modest dip from fifth to eighth in the AP Poll, and from sixth to eighth per the Coaches.
It’s never fun to be the highest ranked team to lose in a given week, as was the case recently when No. 5 Florida State fell on the road against the defending national champs, Virginia. Then again, it says something about the heights to which your program has climbed to even have that be a possibility.
But here’s the thing: the Seminoles got some nice buffer-results from fellow top-25 teams, as they were one of 14 AP-ranked squads to drop a game over the last week. Some Big East carnage behind the ’Noles will definitely help.
- No. 8 Villanova lost at home to Creighton
- No. 10 Seton Hall fell at home to Xavier
- And No. 16 Butler dropped a home contest to Providence
And that’s just the beginning of this week’s bloodbath.
- No. 11 Oregon came up short at Stanford
- No. 12 West Virginia couldn’t get it done at Texas Tech
- No. 13 Kentucky was bettered at No. 17 Auburn
- No. 14 Michigan State found Wisconsin too much to handle in Madison
- No. 18 Iowa was topped by No. 15 Maryland, but then ousted No. 19 Illinois
- No. 20 Colorado lost at UCLA
- Cincy defended its home court vs. No. 21 Houston
- Tulsa edged No. 23 Wichita State at home
- And Michigan beat No. 25 Rutgers in a “neutral court” game in NYC
No. 6 Louisville, No. 7 Dayton, and No. 9 Duke will all likely pass FSU, but after that, meh. How much do you reward No. 15 UMD for holding serve against the No. 18 Hawkeyes? Or No. 17 Auburn for getting the better of No. 13 Kentucky?
The Seminoles seem likely to retain a single-digit ranking, and remain in the top 10 at the very least. But check back here later, as this piece will be updated when the new polls drop.
Turning to KenPom rankings, Florida State dropped to No. 18 from No. 17 overall, where it was a week ago. The offense made a nice leap, up from 41st to 31st, while the defense stayed at 23rd. The ’Noles are up to No. 15 from No. 16 last week in the NCAA’s NET rankings.