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February 16, 2015

Frequently Asked 'Previews/Rankings' Questions

By Aaron Brown

 

As the final hour draws near before the 2015 preseason rankings and the Top 25 team previews will be released, I tried to come up with a list of issues that I came across while researching and debating that might help anyone viewing the rankings interpret them better:

 

1) The rankings are NOT a prediction of where a team will finish at the end of the season. They are merely a starting point to the upcoming season and are heavily based on the end result of the 2014 season. Every attempt to find info throughout the offseason is made, but a lot has changed since the last season ended and so much will change as we navigate through the eleven week season.

 

2) Rankings are based on the information I have at my disposal. There are a few cases where no matter where I looked and no matter what stone I turned over I could not find enough information about a particular team. This might occur in situations where a team lost the majority of their starters to graduation. In these select few cases, a team's ranking could be affected by that lack of information

 

3) In the Top 25 previews, there are two categories that list a team's players: KEY PLAYERS and PLAYERS TO WATCH. In most cases, I tried to list underclassmen in the Players to Watch category, but there were some situations where there were too many players to list in the first category and so a player might have been listed in the second category simply based on the space available. If this causes confusion, you may wish to simply consider the second category to be a KEY PLAYERS CONTINUED category instead.

 

4) In the past, there have always been a handful of players who were mistaken as seniors at the end of the previous season and thus were not included in the new season's previews. If you find a name to be curiously missing, please send an e-mail to illpolostaff@gmail.com and we will see if it can be sorted out.

 

5) Additionally, there have been players who were mistaken as not having graduated, who have decided not to return to play this season, or for a variety of reasons will not be involved in the sport (graduated early, transferred, moved, etc.) If you find a name to be included that most likely should not be, send an e-mail to illpolostaff@gmail.com and we will see if it can be sorted out.

 

6) Due to the time spent researching and writing, the team previews for teams ranked 26-50 will be updated later in the week (February 18).

 

7) The All-Illpolo Teams will be released later in the week as well, with an estimated posting date of February 19. Impact Players will also be released at the same time.

 

8) I tried my best.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please send to the illpolostaff@gmail.com address.

 

Thank you,

Aaron Brown

illpolo.com

 

 

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