Whelan Watch: Week 4

Xavier walk-on Tim Whelan has announced that he is not going to get his damaged tooth repaired until the Muskies are ranked. With the polls coming out on a weekly basis, we'll use this space to track Whelan's progress towards once again being dentally whole.

Last week when we were here, I was of the opinion that Xavier was being a little bit harshly dealt with in light of their single loss to Pacific. Obviously, a team starting the season with Xavier's low profile was going to need a flawless beginning to get the notice of the voters. After briefly appearing in the "others receiving votes" category, Xavier lost their spotless record and their attention from the voters. Has the fourth week of the Whelan Watch brought better news for the oral repair of our walk-on of choice?

Whelanwatch4_medium

In a word, no. Last week, I wasn't thrilled about Xavier not garnering a single vote. After the disappointing loss to Vanderbilt in the mid-week, though, it's understandable that the Muskies haven't gotten any love this week. Voters tend to look for things that confirm what they already know and are slow to acknowledge information that might contradict that. Until Xavier can put up something noteworthy to get themselves back on the radar, I suspect things won't be changing.

Fortunately, Xavier has just such a game coming up next on their schedule. Xavier will be playing highly-ranked and currently undefeated Cincinnati in their very next game. Unfortunately, that game doesn't tip off for another nine days, as the Muskies have an entire week off due to finals. I'll ignore the obvious jokes about Xavier having to take time off for finals because they actually go to their own classes. Barring something absurd, next week's Whelan Watch will look a lot like this one.

Whelan's status: Using his molars to gnaw his eraser as he studies for his exams.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Banners On The Parkway

You must be a member of Banners On The Parkway to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Banners On The Parkway. You should read them.

Join Banners On The Parkway

You must be a member of Banners On The Parkway to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Banners On The Parkway. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker