Chris Hanks Talks Regional Rankings
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.--For the second straight week, it's a team out of the top 25 sitting in the driver's seat of the South Central Regional rankings.
No. 2 Colorado Mesa trails No. 27 Texas A&M Kingsville--a team with 11 fewer wins and eight more losses than the 41-7 Mavs.
"Do we want to host? Absolutely," manager Chris Hanks said. "We'd love to make those schools come and play in our beautiful stadium, but we'll know Sunday night whether that's a possibility.
"You can't beat yourself up trying to figure this stuff out, and unless you're on the committee, you don't know for sure. I do know the committee does vote. There are six members on the committee and four of them are from the state of Texas."
Although several categories factor into the rankings, Hanks said it appears the committee is placing most of the weight on strength of schedule.
"I think Texas A&M Kinsville has us and the rest of the league on that aspect," Hanks said. "Because more of their conference teams are above .500."
Kingsville won the Lonestar Conference Tournament earlier this week, and plays in a league where all but two teams have a winning percentage over .500.
The RMAC, on the other hand, features four teams that have eclipsed that mark.
"I think a lot of our teams went off in non-league schedule and played tough teams," the Mavericks skipper said. "We went and did those things on the road. Their conference didn't do a lot of traveling. They sat at home.
"I think it shows that our conference, and our coaches in the conference and programs in this conference have some guts. I think, because of that, it puts us at a disadvantage. But in the end, I think we'll win because of it."
Colorado Mesa will face Colorado School of Mines in the first round of the RMAC Tournament Thursday night at 7 p.m.