As is customary at the end of the season, many national scribes turn the calendar to next year, releasing their way-too-early Top 25 predictions.
And Creighton is getting a lot of good pub — top-five good.
This isn’t a surprise, nor is it a guarantee that the Bluejays will remain among the upper echelon when the 2020-21 season begins.
But Creighton could return all five starters from a 24-7 team that won a share of the Big East title and finished No. 7 in the final AP Top 25 — both milestones for the program.
Here’s where some of the national writers are ranking the Jays:
ESPN’s Jeff Borzello: No. 2
CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish: No. 3
NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster: No. 4
Stadium’s Jeff Goodman: No. 3
USA Today’s Scott Gleeson: No. 5
Yahoo’s Krysten Peek: No. 4
The highest Creighton has ever been ranked in the AP preseason poll was No. 16 ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.
So even if the hype dips a bit, Creighton appears to be headed into some uncharted territory as it prepares for next year. The Jays will begin the season with a major target on their back, but plenty of positive momentum.
CU finished the 2019-20 season with a 24-7 record.