If you have never heard of Gonzaga in college sports, you are probably not the only one. Everyone hears about Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech or UCLA, but Gonzaga is not one of those. Gonzaga university is a private Catholic university, located in Washington state. Gonzaga is in the WCC division, which includes BYU, Portland and even Santa Clara. Gonzaga is undefeated this season, and is ranked number 1, but is Gonzaga really better than Villanova, Kansas or Louisville? Is Gonzaga really worthy to be ranked as the best team? Yes, they are undefeated, but Gonzaga has two many reasons why they should not be considered the best this year.
The WCC division has ten teams. Gonzaga is the only ranked team in the division. Half of the WCC division has a below .500 record, and there is one other ranked team (Saint Mary). Now lets look at a more competitive division, like the Big 12. It has Kansas, Baylor and West Virginia, whom all are ranked within the top 13. The Big 12 also has only 2 teams that have a below .500 record. Gonzaga certainly has an advantage over other teams by being in such an easy division.
Now lets look at Baylor’s schedule first. Baylor has lost 3 games, and has won 21 games. Baylor (who is in the already more competitive Big 12) has played against 7 ranked teams, including the then 3rd ranked Kansas and then ranked 4th Oregon. They have lost 3 games with a tough schedule and is currently ranked 6th as of 2/9/17.
Gonzaga is a completely different story. Even though they are undefeated for the season, Gonzaga has played only 3 ranked teams. They highest ranked team that Gonzaga played against was Arizona, who was at that time, ranked 16th. The other two ranked teams were lower then Arizona’s ranking. So Gonzaga has lost no games, but has played less than half the ranked teams that Baylor has. I am not saying Gonzaga is bad, but are they good.
Being in a lower division is tough for college sports teams. They always are doubted or discredited, but Gonzaga has actually gotten lots of recognition, and is ranked 1st, which is too high. It is always tough to rank an undefeated team lower then teams that have lost, but other teams have tougher divisions and harder schedules.
Well, there you have it, fellow Sports Reaction’ists, Gonzaga is over-ranked, and remember, be the best sports fan you can be.
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