It's all subjective.Who's had greater runs in the tournament.We're about to find out, again.
It's interesting that DN (among others) references the BYU 7th ranking
from the AVCA Coaches poll. The NCAA, which hosts the post season tournament,
uses it's own RPI ranking. BYU is 15th and Utah, 9th. This would explain
why the Utes have a higher seeding.This is, IMO, not because the Utes are
a better team, but it's because they play in a better conference. (In fact,
all other conferences are better than the wcc.)This seeding is predictive
of what will happen for all BYU women's sports that play in the wcc, just
as last year's unfortunate seeding in softball. As long as the Cougs play
in wcc, it will be an anchor around their necks.
There are two national rankings for volleyball Utes were higher in NCAA rankings
and played a far tougher schedule. BYU beat them in 5 plus sets hardly a blow
out win. Last year Utes won in Provo and BYU was ranked higher at end of season.
I think most of these comments show lack of knowing the big picture.
Agree that the seeding makes no sense. The ranking should be based on strength
of schedule as well as the seeding. There should be very little difference, if
any, between the two numbers. BYU was ranked higher than Utah, and beat them
head to head, why the lower seeding?Bias much?
at long last & imdocrob: the seeding is based more on strength of schedule
rather than national ranking. Though I do find it odd that BYU beat Utah on the
Utes home floor but still got a lower seeding.The question on my
mind is will these early rounds be televised?
Not sure how the #7 ranked team in the nation can sport a #13 ranking in the
tourney...why does this happen to BYU every year!! You go in as the #7 ranked
team then why are you not the #7 ranked team in the tourney? Boggles my mind.
If we can get past the first match, we may be playing Oregon, a tough PAC team
that beat Utah twice this year. Tough matches, even at home. Go Cougs!
Given the higher ranking of BYU, why are they seeded #13 and the Utes seeded
#11? Not my usual detrimental comment, but an honest question. . .
Actually BYU didn't get an automatic bid to the tournament. That went to
San Diego who held the tie breaker between the two conference co-champions. BYU
got an at-large bid, but is seeded and hosting the first two rounds while San
Diego travels to USC for their tournament play.