CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The bye week blues? How about a bunch of red-faced reactions.
The Mountaineer faithful were whipped into a frenzy this week when Ray Ratto of CSN Bay Area ranked West Virginia No. 24 in his Associated Press top 25 college football poll.
Even so, the Mountaineers moved up two spots to No. 9 after routing Marshall 69-34 last Saturday. None of the other 59 voters had WVU lower than No. 15.
Ratto was hit with a barrage of nasty tweets.
"@RattoCSN is a joke! You should have your AP vote revoked," read one Twitter response.
A clear WVU supporter fired at Ratto with "You're horrible. Never vote for anything because you mess big time (sic). Mountaineers Nation is on you. Go Mountaineers!!"
"You're an idiot. If you have a vote you should probably do a little research," another irate college football fan tweeted.
OK, research it is.
I'm neither condoning nor debunking Ratto's Week 2 rankings. But, the furor over his rankings - which were listed as Week 2's most extreme by PollSpeak.com - stoked the curiosity of this stat-obsessed sports editor.
How likely is it that Ratto could be spot on at the end of the 2012 season? You might be surprised by the findings.
I took a five-year sample of preseason top 25 rankings and compared them to the post-bowl opinions of the voters.
Did you know that, since 2007, 49 of the 125 preseason top 25 teams finished the year unranked? That's 39.2 percent of teams that voters thought warranted a spot on the ballot before the games began.