The Golden Eagles earned 11 points worth of votes in the polling, good enough to slot them as the unofficial #36 team in the country. As you can kind of tell from that, there’s not a lot of consensus about who is and is not a top 25 team at this point of the season. There’s another 11 teams behind Marquette in the pecking order who earned at least one 25th place vote in this week’s poll. 47 teams got at least one vote! That’s impressive!
I’m not entirely sure what inspired the people who voted for Marquette to do that. Their three wins this season have come against teams that did not earn votes in last week’s poll, nor are they included in the 47 teams this week. Sure, the two shutout wins last weekend were nice, but it’s not like they were shocking shutouts of nationally acclaimed teams.
There are only two teams on Marquette’s schedule that earned votes in the USC poll, and both of them are in the top 10. Stanford dropped from #1 to #5 this week after losing to then #8 Florida, while Georgetown moved up one spot to the #10 line. Even with 47 teams earning at least one vote, that’s it for MU’s entire schedule. That’s probably good news for MU’s NCAA tournament hopes in terms of their projected record at the end of the season, but as any coach will tell you, you have to take them one game at a time.
Marquette returns to action on Friday night at 8:15pm Central when they host Central Michigan as part of the yearly Marquette Invitational. The late start is due to the match being the third part of a tripleheader in the Valley that starts at 3pm with the front end of the Invitational between Loyola-Chicago and Mercer. The Marquette men’s soccer team will play Illinois-Chicago in the middle game of the day.
You can check out the full top 25 right here.