One AP poll voter doesn’t think Gophers are a top-10 team

Suddenly, Minnesota is getting a lot more love.

Despite being undefeated, the Gophers were still only ranked No. 13 in last week’s Associated Press top-25 poll. A win over then-No. 5 Penn State changed that.

In this week’s top-25 poll, the Gophers moved up to No. 7, their highest ranking since 1962.

Only nine voters had Minnesota listed as a top-10 team last week, and of those eight had the Gophers at No. 10. The Boston Globe’s Michael Vega was the lone exception; he had Minnesota at No. 9.

This week it’s a different story.

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Sixty-one voters had Minnesota in the top 10, with only six of those having the Gophers at No. 10.

Twenty-two voters think the Gophers are a top-six team and 12 had them in the top five. The highest ranking Minnesota got was No. 4, by four voters.

Of course, all that being said not everyone is buying the Gophers. And by that, specifically we mean Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News.

Wilner has Minnesota ranked … 15th. Oof.

Here’s his top 15: LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Oregon, Florida, Oklahoma, Penn State (yes, Penn State is 10th), Michigan, Utah, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Minnesota.

Wilner gave his explanation in an article where he lists his top 25 on the day of the poll’s unveiling:

“This deep in the season, a single result — even ahead-to-head outcome, only counts so much if all other factors are not equal. And in the case of Penn State and Minnesota, the other factors are not equal. The Gophers played a soft schedule (South Dakota State, Georgia Southern and Fresno State) and have just one quality win (Penn State). The Nittany Lions have beaten Michigan and Iowa and edged Pittsburgh (6-3) in a non-conference affair.”

The reality is Wilner’s vote didn’t cost Minnesota anything in the poll – the Gophers are 60 points behind No. 6 Oregon. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to see one person’s insight – whether you agree with him or not.

Here’s how all the AP voters cast their ballots in Week 12 compared to last week:

Voter Week 12 Week 11
Conor O’Neill, Winston-Salem Journal 4 10
Dylan Sinn, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette 4 10
Matt Brown, The Athletic 4 13
Tom Bragg, Charleston Gazette-Mail 4 11
Brett McMurphy, Stadium Network 5 10
Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune 5 14
Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman 5 14
Dave Reardon, Honolulu Star-Advertiser 5 12
James Kratch, The Star Ledger 5 10
Jim Polzin, Wisconsin State Journal 5 13
Joe Dubin, WSMV-TV 5 11
Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman 5 17
Steve Wiseman, Durham Herald-Sun 5 13
Audrey Dahlgren, WLNS-TV 6 13
David Briggs, Toledo Blade 6 12
Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune 6 12
Garland Gillen, WVUE-TV New Orleans 6 11
Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald 6 12
Matt McCoy, WTVN-AM Columbus 6 11
Michael Vega, Boston Globe 6 9
Rob Long, WJFK-FM Washington, D.C. 6 15
Tom Green, Alabama Media Group 6 13
Adam Zucker, CBS Sports Network 7 13
Andy Greder, St. Paul Pioneer Press 7 13
Blair Kerkoff, Kansas City Star 7 11
Brian Howell, Daily Camera 7 11
Brooks Kubena, The Advocate 7 11
Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal 7 13
Lauren Brownlow, WRAL Baltimore 7 10
Nathan Baird, 7 16
Neill Ostrout, Journal Inquirer 7 10
Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun 7 11
Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post 7 13
Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 7 12
Eric Boynton, Spartanburg Herald-Journal 8 11
Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal 8 13
Jerry DiPaola, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 8 14
Jim Holder, WTVA-Tupelo 8 10
John Bednarowski, Marietta Daily Journal 8 12
John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader 8 18
Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman 8 14
Mark Whicker, L.A. Daily News 8 10
Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times 8 14
Norm Wood, The Daily Press 8 13
Rece Davis, ESPN 8 13
Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station Eagle 8 11
Sam McKewon, Omaha World-Herald 8 13
Soren Petro, 810 WHB Kansas City 8 12
Steve Virgen, Albuquerque Journal 8 13
Aaron McMann, Mlive Media Group 9 12
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette 9 11
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News 9 12
Michael Lev, Arizona Daily Star 9 12
Nate Mink, Syracuse Media Group 9 18
Steve Batterson, Quad City Times 9 13
Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 10 12
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune 10 17
Gene Henley, Chattanooga Times/Free Press 10 13
Jon Johnson, The Dothan Eagle 10 13
Josh Furlong, 10 12
Theo Lawson, Spokesman-Review 10 16
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News 15 19

Dave Heller is the author of Ken Williams: A Slugger in Ruth’s Shadow (a Larry Ritter Book Award nominee), Facing Ted Williams – Players From the Golden Age of Baseball Recall the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived and As Good As It Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns