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December 6, 2010 8:52 PM

Division I College Hockey Polls

USCHO.com Division I Men's Poll
[December 6, 2010]
1 Yale (34) 10-1-0 973 2
2 Minnesota-Duluth (13) 12-2-2 950 1
3 New Hampshire 9-2-4 882 5
4 Boston College ( 3) 11-5-0 819 8
5 North Dakota 11-5-2 814 7
6 Miami 10-5-3 683 6
7 Boston University 7-3-5 678 2
8 Maine 7-3-4 676 9
9 Denver 11-5-2 601 10
10 Nebraska-Omaha 9-4-1 585 4
11 Notre Dame 10-5-2 499 12
12 Michigan 9-5-4 454 11
13 Union 8-3-3 412 13
14 Alaska 8-5-3 348 14
15 Rensselaer 8-4-3 260 16
16 Wisconsin 8-7-3 243 15
17 Merrimack 7-4-4 210 18
18 Ferris State 8-6-3 113 20
19 Dartmouth 6-3-1 98 NR
20 Western Michigan 7-5-4 60 19
Others Receiving Votes: Clarkson 42, Minnesota 30, Robert Morris 23, Colorado College 17, Minnesota State 9, Northern Michigan 8, Michigan State 4, Bemidji State 3, Princeton 3, Providence 2, Niagara 1

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USA TODAY/USA Hockey Men's poll
[Dec. 6, 2010]
1. Yale (24) 10-1-0
2. Minnesota Duluth (9) 12-2-0
3. New Hampshire 9-2-4 5
4. Boston College (1) 11-5-0
5. North Dakota 11-5-2
6. Maine 7-3-4
7. Boston University 7-3-5
8. Miami (Ohio) 10-5-3
9. Nebraska-Omaha 9-4-1
10. Denver 11-5-2
11. Notre Dame 10-5-2
12. Michigan 9-5-4
13. Union 8-3-3
14. Alaska 8-5-3
15. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 8-4-3
Others receiving votes: University of Wisconsin, 17; Merrimack College, 13; Dartmouth College, 3; University of Minnesota, 2; Robert Morris University, 2; Bemidji State University, 1.


Analysis - This was the conversation or debate on Twitter yesterday that caught my eye posted by Brad Schlossman on Twitter. I do think the Boise State argument fits this scenario well, lose one game and Yale will take a serious drop in the polls. I guess they can ride the pony for now, until it comes up lame.
@Schlossmangf @puckato @bruceciskie Yale is hockey's Boise St. Yes they can beat anyone, but they have the luxury of not playing good teams every week.
@puckato replied - Right now, I'm leaning: 1. UMD, 2. Yale, 3. UNH, 4. UND, 5. Denver, then some combo of BC, BU, Maine
Ok, one of my friends posted on my face book that my head was going to explode because Yale is the number one team in the country. While I am not a self professed Yale hater, I don't think they are the number one team in the country. I think UND, DU or UMD could run the table on the schedule they have played to date so far, Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton, Quinnipiac, Colorado College, Air Force, Cornell, Colgate, Sacred Heart, RPI and Union. Are you kidding me? The Bulldogs lost to Air Force Academy as well. What do you think teams like B.C., BU, ND, UND, DU and UMD could do against a schedule like that? What do you think?

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