It's hard to take preseason polls very seriously. With teams bringing in freshmen, transfers, and redshirts, while at the same time trying to fill holes, no one is a known quantity. That doesn't ever stop anyone from guessing though, and this year, Xavier is a beneficiary. A team that peaked at 20th last year after a 15-1 conference run has moved to 15th in the first coaches poll of this year. With five months of ball ahead of us, it's not a major story, but the boys from Victory Parkway are already garnering respect. Just for fun, have a look at last year's preseason top 25 compared to last year's postseason top 25. It's an inexact science at best.