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AP Top 25: Zags Still No. 1

Big game on the horizon against Iowa.

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs are still the nation’s No. 1 team according to the latest AP Top 25 poll.

That news isn’t too surprising, considering the Zags are currently on pause as they attempt to control the COVID outbreak that circulated through the players and staff to start the season. Gonzaga cancelled both games last week and both games this week, removing four home games off the non-conference schedule.

Teams that don’t lose, well, they tend not to fall in the rankings. Teams that do lose, such as Duke, plummet.

With all of that said, the Zags have a huge opponent coming up on Saturday against the No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa, powered by uber-collegiate player Luke Garza, is the nation’s new No. 1 offense according to Ken Pomeroy, taking the mantle from the Zags.

The Zags also lost their matchup to the No. 2 Baylor Bears at the beginning of the pause, and despite a dedication to rescheduling that game from both Mark few and Scott Drew, that prospect looks to be on shaky ground. Baylor’s men’s basketball team is currently on pause due to COVID as well.

Here is the full AP top 25 for Week 4.

AP Poll - Week 4

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Gonzaga (54) 1,541 1
2 Baylor (57) 1,491 2
3 Iowa (1) 1,427 3
4 Michigan State 1,307 4
5 Kansas 1,289 5
6 Houston 1,169 7
7 Villanova 1,163 9
8 West Virginia 1,113 11
9 Creighton 1,037 8
10 Tennessee 941 12
11 Texas 873 13
12 Wisconsin 846 13
13 Illinois 742 6
14 Texas Tech 669 17
15 Florida State 619 20
16 Missouri 491 16
17 Virginia 456 18
18 San Diego State 455 24
19 Rutgers 396 21
20 Ohio State 392 22
21 Duke 345 10
22 North Carolina 328 16
23 Louisville 164 25
24 Clemson 156 NR
25 Michigan State 142 NR
Others receiving votes:Richmond 140, Saint Louis 121, Virginia Tech 115, Xavier 55, Oklahoma St. 48, Oregon 31, Indiana 22, Florida 18, Arizona St 13, UCLA 9, UConn 7, Arizona 5, Syracuse 4, Georgia 4, Arkansas 4, SMU 1, Minnesota 1.