Here is this week's big board of college hockey rankings:
|Rk||SB Nation||USA Today||USCHO||Buccigross||Pairwise||KRACH|
|2||Providence||St. Cloud||St. Cloud||Providence||St. Cloud||St. Cloud|
|3||St. Cloud||Providence||Providence||St. Cloud||Providence||Providence|
|5||Michigan||Michigan||Michigan||Miami||Ferris State||Boston College|
|6||Miami||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Quinnipiac||Michigan||Miami|
|7||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College||Michigan|
|8||Notre Dame||Miami||Miami||Yale||Notre Dame||Ferris State|
|9||Union||Yale||Yale||Notre Dame||Miami||Notre Dame|
|10||Ferris State||Clarkson||Ferris State||Clarkson||Wisconsin||Wisconsin|
|14||North Dakota||RPI||Bowling Green||UMass-Lowell|
|15||Union||North Dakota||UMass-Lowell||Lake Superior|
|16||Lake Superior||Yale||Bowling Green|
|17||Union||New Hampshire||New Hampshire|
|18||Cornell||Ohio State||St. Lawrence|
If there's one trend this week when it comes to comparing human voters with the computer polls, it's that the computers have a much higher estimation of the re-formed WCHA than human voters do. The human polls seem to be just starting to recognize how good 8-2-1 Ferris State is, while the Pairwise says Ferris State belongs right in the middle of the conversation with the best teams in the country.
In addition, the Pairwise has two more WCHA teams in Lake Superior and Bowling Green within the NCAA tournament field. Lake Superior barely cracks USCHO's top 20, but otherwise, nobody paid those two much mind.
So who has it right? Is the WCHA as bad as everyone thinks? Or is everyone just not appreciating how good those teams are?