The Warriors received the 27th-most votes in the AP and USA Today polls, right behind Nevada.
At first glance, that does not make sense, because UH beat Nevada, and the Warriors won yesterday while the Wolf Pack had a bye. But picks aren’t made using bracket formulas, and it’s difficult being a voter.
One of my newspaper coworkers, Ferd Lewis, is an AP voter, and his vote was due at about 7 a.m. Eastern time today. He spent a couple of hours online trying to read reports from games across the country to craft his poll. I think he ended up filing at the airport this morning.
My feeling is that some voters weren’t as diligent in finding out that Nevada lost to UH — game ended at about 3 a.m. Eastern time — and now it’s difficult to boot the Pack if it didn’t play this weekend. The other feeling is the Colorado loss really hurt. But the Warriors are in a good position, and if it beats Idaho and there are a couple of upsets, they should be in next Sunday’s poll.
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• Don’t worry about linebacker Corey Paredes’ sore ankle. He’s played through worse this season, including a strained neck that required neckbrace-like padding.
• Gotta love slotback Greg Salas’ new handshake celebration. Everything old is new again.
• No, the Warriors did not attempt an onside kick with a 24-point lead. It was a squib kick that did not squib because of the wet surface.
• Quarterback Bryant Moniz said he was a little concerned when he saw “snow on the mountain when it wasn’t there yesterday.”
• Equipment coordinator Al Ginoza came through again. He outfitted the receivers with hand-warmer pouches. The players also used a heating gel that was activated when they rubbed their hands.