Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
Last Week: NR (28th)
This Week: 25th
Record: 24-3, 14-0 (WAC)
We like to snark about how polls don't matter, but here's a case where a bit of voter recognition can go a long way.
Thanks to their 24-3 start, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are back in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1985.
The two-digit number next to Tech's name is a big deal down in Ruston for two primary reasons.
1. It can do wonders on the recruiting trail. Coaches love to point to their team's name on the ESPN bottom line or tweet out stuff about "rising tides" or whatever other kind of hacky promotional activities they like to do.
2. The Bulldogs have a borderline case for an at-large bid. Working against them is a brutal strength of schedule (225th overall) and a general lack of pedigree. Working for them is a 15-game winning streak against D1 opponents and, if they can beat Denver and New Mexico State on the road, a chance to finish the regular season ranked.
I know the committee isn't supposed to acknowledge the lowly voters, but you can't tell me the national attention that comes with a Top 25 ranking isn't worth something on Selection Sunday.