Unranked and unappreciated
Naming three unranked teams that will be heard from this season
Each week I'm asked by ESPN to rank the top 25 teams in the nation, which is another way of saying that each week I don't rank 322 teams. Lest you think all of those also-rans are created equal, however, I want to spotlight three unranked teams today. These are teams that are currently being overlooked, but ones that I expect to be very good this season.
(So really, today's column comprises a handy way to expand my top 25 into a top 28, as well as placating no fewer than three sets of angry "How could you not rank my team?" fans. How cool is this?)
Fun fact: VCU, Texas and Belmont combined received one vote in last week's AP poll. So yes, it's fair to call this trio under-the-radar at the moment.
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