UPDATE (5:17 P.M.): The College Crosse aggregated poll is now available below the jump.
These pieces are usually more substantial, but as everyone is still kind of idling in the driveway, it's really hard to make internal combustion when you're just holding a can of gasoline and a bucket of screws. So, you get what you get at this point.
The media and coaches polls are out and Virginia, for the third consecutive polling period, holds down the top spot in both tallies. The Cavaliers actually consolidated their position a little more this week, truly cleaning up all but one first-place vote in the media poll and all the top-tallies in the coaches run. With such madness around the country this weekend (you can experience all the magic again by pointing your Internet page display device here and here), I anticipated more movement in the polls. As it turns out, the team comprising the aggregated top-ten from last week is exactly the same as this week.
Below is an aggregation of the top ten in both the coaches and media polls. The full polls can be seen on the left-hand column of this Internet computing page. I'm holding off on computer-type rankings until we get a little deeper into the season. The College Crosse poll -- when aggregated -- will appear after the jump.
- Cornell has yet to play a game and according to the coaches that's sufficient grounds for plummeting the Big Red in their poll in consecutive weeks. Are the Big Red somehow worse now than in the preseason, only because they've hung out on the practice field instead of the field with referees and stuff? I guess you can argue that they dropped because the teams ahead of them have put together a better resume, but can you honestly say that with a straight face after Hopkins' uneven play and North Carolina's almost-defeat this past weekend? Ben DeLuca won't care about this, but the last thing Cornell needs is more bulletin board material to get them to dynamite its way to Memorial Monday.
- Speaking of overreactions in the coaches poll: Notre Dame starts ninth, moves up to second after beating Duke, and then moves back to ninth after losing to Penn State in overtime. It's like everyone takes speed in the early season and completes a ballot while tweaking out. Calm down, fellas; the polls don't need to have huge swings just to have them.
- Every ACC team continues to populate the top ten. That's not so much a story as it is a fact.
What do you guys think about this? Okay or no-kay? The comments, they are yours.
Here's the aggregation from the College Crosse crew:
Also receiving votes: Fairfield (2), Dartmouth (1). It should be noted that Brian was the only voter to include either of these teams. He put them at 19th and 20th, respectively.