All the points are fine, but in the end who do you have the jump over? I said Platteville and I think that is an easy one, but after that who? I think they were the best team in the East at the end of the season and if they played Alfred would have has a similar game to the Mount result. The game with JCU looks really good, but good enough to forget about 2 loses, no matter when they occurred in the season. Win that game as mentioned and all bets are off as far as the other losses go and you can move them up the poll.
Point taken, however, who did Hardin Simmons beat that was even ranked? Wesley has two wins over ranked opponents while HSU has none. Platteville has none, and Alfred has one against #25 SJU......
Hardin-Simmons had 2 losses to ranked teams. Platteville had 3 losses to ranked teams. Alfred had one loss to a ranked team. Wesley had 2 losses to unranked teams. That's also a fair way to look at it. I think you could move Wesley up a slot, maybe 2. But those losses just aren't great. Neither are really bad, Del Val is RV and 9-2, CNU was 7-3. But neither of these teams you keep pointing to lost to teams they shouldn't have. According to the rankings, Wesley did that not once but twice. It's hard to keep pushing up a team that under performed in multiple games. You can't just look at wins and ignore the inconsistency. It matters. Especially when other teams aren't showing that kind of inconsistency and only lost the games they were expected to lose.
Over the years I've had the pleasure to see Wesley several times in person. I'm always impressed with their talent. I'm not always impressed with their discipline and execution. I think talent carries them when the other two fail. But it explains things like the "surprise" losses the last two years now that they need to be consistent week in and out in a strong conference.
I would have no problem with Wesley a spot or two higher this year, and most years I think they are firmly in the top 4-8 teams in the country. At times this year I think they played well enough to be in the top 4-8 teams in the country. But at times they simply didn't play well enough to look like a top 25 team, and you just can't ignore those times based on the last game of the season. So it balances out into a very good ranking, even if it isn't where the Wolverines are used to being. But even at 15th, they are still considered inside the top 6.5% of DIII. 93.5% of the division would be pretty happy to be so well thought of.