Unranked and unappreciated

Don't let the three losses fool you, Shaka Smart's VCU Rams may be improved from last year Kevin Jairaj/US Presswire

Each week I'm asked by ESPN to rank the top 25 teams in the nation, which is another way of saying that each week I don't rank 322 teams. Lest you think all of those also-rans are created equal, however, I want to spotlight three unranked teams today. These are teams that are currently being overlooked, but ones that I expect to be very good this season.

(So really, today's column comprises a handy way to expand my top 25 into a top 28, as well as placating no fewer than three sets of angry "How could you not rank my team?" fans. How cool is this?)

Fun fact: VCU, Texas and Belmont combined received one vote in last week's AP poll. So yes, it's fair to call this trio under-the-radar at the moment.