From Bleacher Report review of ESPN Rankings...
ESPN Rank: 28
Why They're Better Than That: Really, ESPN? Really?
The 1-5 Cowboys are ranked higher than the 2-5 Browns?
You know...the Cleveland Browns that play in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL?
The Cleveland Browns that killed the New Orleans Saints?
I'm a Steelers fan, but I can still recognize the talent the Browns have in Peyton Hillis, Joshua Cribbs and even rookie quarterback Colt McCoy.
And don't get me started on that D!
Sometimes I think ESPN feels like they have to rank the Browns lower because "they're the Browns."
Open your eyes, boys.
The Brownies are a much better team than No. 28.
Syracuse will likely lose Wes Johnson. Couple that with the departure of seniors Andy Rautins and Arinze Onuaku and it's hard to argue that the Orange should be in the poll, despite a highly ranked recruiting class coming in.
13. Memphis: That was quick. The Tigers are back with the top recruiting class in the country, led by Will Barton and Joe Jackson. They'll join returning star Elliot Williams. Second-year coach Josh Pastner has the pieces to be the class of C-USA again and a real threat for a deep run. Defections to the NBA draft actually have Memphis ranked ahead of Kentucky. We'll see if that holds.
15. Kentucky: The Wildcats are here because of what I anticipate occurring. We don't know what will happen, but you must expect they'll get a recruiting haul this spring. There are plenty of big-time recruits still available. Expect John Wall, Patrick Patterson, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton to declare for the draft. But the return of Darius Miller and Darnell Dodson, with the addition of a few locks in Stacey Poole and Enes Kanter mean the Wildcats will be in the hunt again.
"But I’m really proud that she’s holding up herself even though that’s somebody can be really rough on her. She’s there. I hope she can be No. 1 for a long time so she can prove to everybody that they can go f**k themselves."
18. Tennessee (60 football, 17.5 basketball, 19 baseball, 96.5 total points)
The buzz: Tennessee's lack of baseball success in the 1970s and 1980s kept the Vols from ranking higher, though they did reach the College World Series in 1995, 2001 and 2005. The Vols were 16th before baseball was considered.
8. Tennessee (24.5 football, 8.5 basketball, 8.5 baseball, 41.5 total points)
The buzz: Tennessee won the 1998 national football title, has reached the Sweet 16 in basketball in each of the past two years and advanced to the College World Series in 2001 and 2005. The Vols also were eighth before baseball was added.