Polls (Week 12): Army still receiving votes

After Army coach Jeff Monken completed his press conference following a 21-16 win over Duke, I asked Monken if he would be voting for his team in the Coaches Poll.

“You think we are one of the 25 best teams in the country?” said Monken, who started voting this season. “You are delusional. There are a bunch of really good football teams out there.”

I reminded Monken that his team was now 8-2.

“I’ll let somebody else vote for us,” Monken said.

Monken asked me if I think Army is worthy of a vote. Back in the day, I was an Associated Press poll voter.  ”I think you right on the edge,” I replied.

When the Associated Press Poll and Coaches Poll were released Sunday, Army was once again listed under, “Other Receiving Votes.”

Army received three 25th-place votes (3 points), gaining one vote from last week, in the AP Poll. Adam Zucker of CBS Sports voted for Army for the second straight week. Garland Gillen of Fox 8 in New Orleans and Steve Batterson of the Quad City Times casted votes for Army.

“The first time I’ve ever put #Army in my top 25,” Gillen replied to my tweet. “#BlackKnights 8-2.”

The Black Knights received 14 points in the Coaches Poll. The ballots of coaches are not released.

Have to wonder if Army didn’t stumble at Tulane (4-6), would they be in the top 25.

Fact is Army has yet to beat a winning team this season. Duke was probably the best team that he has defeated and the Blue Devils have lost six straight games after Saturday. The Black Knights play at 7-3 North Texas Saturday.

Still, 8-2 is 8-2.

One of Army’s six goals for the season is to finish in the Top 25.

“Finish,” Monken said. “Not get in (a poll). Finish. We got to keep taking care of business.”

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