To me its more like green apples and red apples. The point of a pre-season poll is to predict how the top 144 would look at the end of the the season. It seems illogical for someone to say that they don't think we should be in the top 144 pre-season but anticipate that at the end of the year after all the games are played we'd be in the top 144.
The whole point of looking at those really bad seasons in SLU history and realizing that even in those years we ended around 144 was to show that for anyone to make the statement that we don't belong in the top 144 is actually them making a statement that we are going to be really bad. I don't think we are going to be particularly good, but I sure don't think this team is going to be historically bad.
I never said we would be in the top 144 at the end of the season. I have no idea where we will end up. All I have ever said is we would be in the top 144 poll that was down now. Based on who we lost and what we had returning along with the perception that would create to an outsider it made sense that we would not be on that list.