CS360 Composite National Rankings – D-I MEN 2014

CollegeSoccer360
DI Men's Soccer  Composite National Rankings #3
(Sept. 11, 2014)

Rank. Team (Pts) … previous
1. Notre Dame (98.81) … 2
2. UCLA (98.50) … 1
3. North Carolina (95.83) … 10
4. Washington (94.51) … 3

5. New Mexico (93.53) … 5

6. Georgetown (92.43) … 9

7. Virginia (92.00) … 4
8. Louisville (90.33) … 6

9. Maryland (89.98) … 7

10. Creighton (89.46) … 13

11. UC Irvine (88.64) … 15

12. Coastal Carolina (87.51) … 11

13. California (87.16) … 12

14. Michigan State (86.76) … 8

15. Indiana (84.06) … 14

16. Marquette (79.11) … 19

17. Stanford (78.29) … 21

18. Syracuse (77.88) … 35

19. Wake Forest (77.66) … 22

20. UMBC (76.88) … 16

21. Penn State (76.63) … 20

22. George Mason (72.20) … 26

23. Connecticut (71.51) … 17

24. Northwestern (66.86) … 33

25. South Carolina (66.41) … –

26. Charlotte (64.69) … 23

27. Denver (64.57) … 31

28. Delaware (64.20) … 32

29. American (62.99) … –

30. Oregon State (58.83) … 37

31. Cal St Northridge (57.05) … –

32. Tulsa (56.89) … 27

33. UC S. Barbara (56.65) … 34

34. Florida Gulf Coast (55.71) … –

35. Duke (55.19) … 24

36. San Diego State (54.89) … –

37. South Florida (54.49) … –

38. Navy (53.75) … –

39. Clemson (52.60) … 25

40. Illinois-Chicago (52.52) … 39


Next Five – Boston College,

Seattle, Akron, Old Dominion
and Loyola Marymount


Dropped out of the CNR top-40:

18. Akron

28. Seattle

29. UAB
30. St. Louis

36. Wisconsin

38. Loyola Marymount

40. Milwaukee

CLICK HERE for D-I women's CNR
(2013 preseason men's CNR at bottom of this page)
DI men's 2011 CNR archive



Quick Look – CS360 Composite Top-40 Update

(9/11/14) – The update of College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings after week-2 of the DI men's soccer season can be found in the lefthand sidebar on this page.


Full release update data to be added later in the week.


Scroll down for the preseason CNR top-40, including info. on the formula criteria and a complete breakdown of the top-40. … 


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Quick Look – CS360 Composite Top-40 Update

(9/4/14) – The update of College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings after week-1 of the DI men's soccer season can be found in the lefthand sidebar on this page.


Full release update data to be added later in the week.


Scroll down for the preseason CNR top-40, including info. on the formula criteria and a complete breakdown of the top-40. … 


CollegeSoccer360 DI Men's Soccer
Composite 
National Rankings #2  (Sept. 4, 2014)


Rank. Team (Pts) … previous
1. UCLA (99.47) … 2
2. Notre Dame (98.35) … 1
3. Washington (97.48) … 5

4. Virginia (96.87) … 3
5. New Mexico (94.35) … 6
6. Louisville (92.91) … 10

7. Maryland (92.68) … 4

8. Michigan State (92.40) … 12

9. Georgetown (92.16) … 7

10. North Carolina (89.83) … 9

11. Coastal Carolina (88.19) … 21

12. California (87.62) … 13 

13. Creighton (85.18) … 23

14. Indiana (83.43) … 27

15. UC Irvine (83.14) … 20

16. UMBC (81.98) … 17

17. Connecticut (81.30) … 8 

18. Akron (77.54) … 15

19. Marquette (75.43) … 14
20. Penn State (75.09) … 26
21. Stanford (74.12) … 15

22. Wake Forest (73.42) … 11 

23. Charlotte (73.33) … 22

24. Duke (72.13) … 25

25. Clemson (69.77) … 24
26. George Mason (66.37) … –

27. Tulsa (65.09) … 29

28. Seattle (64.96) … –

29. Alabama Birmingham (UAB) (63.82) … 35
30. St. Louis (63.80) … 28
31. Denver (63.07) … –

32. Delaware (61.79) … 36

33. Northwestern (61.19) … 32

34. UCSB (59.24) … 18

35. Syracuse (58.41) … 37

36. Wisconsin (58.17) … 31

37. Oregon State (53.22) … –
38. LMU (54.33) ... 30

39. Illinois-Chicago (53.81) … –

40. Milwaukee (53.48) … –


Next Five – Old Dominion, East Tennessee St., Providence, South Florida & Cal St. Northridge


Dropped out of the CNR top-40:

33. William & Mary 

34. Old Dominion

38. South Florida

39. VCU

40. Navy 


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2014 D-I MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON CNR (as of 8/28/14)
– College Soccer 360 unveiled Composite National Rankings (CNR) for Division I men's soccer during parts of the 2011-13 seasons and CS360 hopes to update the men's CNR regularly in 2014, including the recently-released CS360 preseason top-40. The top-6 of the preseason CNR include the 2013 NCAA semifinalists, led by returning champion Notre Dame, along with (3) Virginia, plus the 2013 runner-up (4) Maryland and (6) New Mexico.


The UCLA men enter the 2014 season #2 in the CNR (one spot behind the Bruins women, coming off their 2013 NCAA title season). Other teams in the men's CNR preseason top-10 include: (5) Washington, (7) Georgetown, (8) Connecticut, (9) North Carolina and (10) Louisville.


CollegeSoccer360.com first introduced the CNR for Division I women's soccer in 2008 and has brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-14 women's seasons.

The CNR formula for men's soccer currently includes the six core criteria listed below. A small bonus for projected conference finish also is included in the current CNR formula. More ingredients, including polls, RPI, power rankings, etc., will be added to the CNR formula throughout the season. Current CNR men's soccer formula elements include:

• NSCAA coaches poll (NSCAA; 46 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings  (TDS; top-30)
• 
CollegeSoccerNews.com rankings (CSN; top-30) 
• BennettRank computerized listing (BR; top-60)
• Massey projected power rankings  (MAS; top-60)

Preseason Conference Polls: ACC  |  Big Ten  |  BIG EAST  |  AAC  |  Pac-12    
MAC  |  CUSA  |  MVC  |  A-10  |  BigSouth  |  BigWest  |  WCC  |  CAA  |  Patriot

The CNR preseason top-10 features four teams from the ACC (Notre Dame, Virginia, North Carolina & Louisville), plus the Pac-12's UCLA and Washington, along with one team each from the Big Ten (Maryland), Conference USA (New Mexico), BIG EAST (Georgetown) and the  American Athletic (UConn). Six of the preseason top-10 – all but Virginia, Washington, New Mexico and Louisville – also were in the top-10 of the 2013 preseason CNR. The four teams that were 2013 preseason CNR top-10 that are not in the 2014 preseason top-10: Indiana, Akron, Creighton and Marquette.


There were 15 schools that featured their women's soccer team in College Soccer 360's CNR preseason top-50 and their men's team in the CNR preseason top-40 (there are fewer D-I men's teams and a smaller field, 48, in the NCAAS – compared to 64 for the women's NCAAs):
• UCLA – #1 women, #2 men
• Virginia – #3 women, #3 men

• Notre Dame – #9 women, #1 men

• North Carolina – #4 women, #9 men 
• Stanford – #7 women, #16 men
• Wake Forest – #17 women, #11 men

• Georgetown – #21 women, #7 men

• Marquette – #19 women, #14 men
• Duke – #13 women, #25 men

• California – #25 women, #13 men
• Penn State – #10 women, #26 men

• Wisconsin – #27 women, #31 men
• Louisville – #33 women, #10 men

• Maryland – #35 women, #4 men
• Washington – #48 women, #5 men

At the start of the 2013 season, there were 13 schools in the top-50 of the women's CNR and the top-40 of the men's (all of those listed above, except for Cal, Penn State, Louisville & Wisconsin – while Boston College and Michigan held that status early in 2013, but not as we embark on 2014).


When comparing the 2013 and 2014 preseason CNR top-40 listings, seven different teams are 10 or more spots higher than a year ago heading into the season:• Michigan State (#32 in 2013 preseason CNR … #12 in 2014 preseason CNR)• UMBC (#37 to #17)• Washington (#21 to #5)• Virginia (#15 to #3)• Stanford (#26 to #15)• Cal State Northridge (#30 to #19)• Duke (#35 to #25)

Conversely, several teams have slipped back over the course of the past 12 months, when comparing their position in the 2013 preseason CNR to the 2014 preseason top-40:  Indiana (#2 to #27) … Creighton (#8 to #23) … Tulsa (#14 to #29) … Northwestern (#18 to #32) … and Syracuse (#23 to #37).


The 2014 men's soccer preseason CNR top-40 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Eight from the ACC  (#1 Notre Dame, #3 Virginia, #9 North Carolina, #10 Louisville, #11 Wake Forest, #24 Clemson, #25 Duke & #37 Syracuse)
• Six from the Big Ten  (#4 Maryland, #12 Michigan State, #26 Penn State, #27 Indiana, #31 Wisconsin & #32 Northwestern)
• Five from Conference USA  (#6 New Mexico, #22 Charlotte, #29 Tulsa, #34 Old Dominion & #35 UAB)
• Four from the Pac-12  (#2 UCLA, #5 Washington, #13 California & #15 Stanford)
• Three from the Big West  (#18 UC Santa Barbara, #19 Cal State Northridge & #20 UC Irvine)
• Three from the BIG EAST  (#7 Georgetown, #14 Marquette & #23 Creighton) 
• Two from the Colonial  (#33 William & Mary & #36 Delaware)
• Two from the American Athletic Conf.  (#8 Connecticut & #38 South Florida)  
• Two from the Atlantic-10  (#28 St. Louis & #39 VCU)
• One from the Mid-American  (#15 Akron)
• One from America East  (#17 UMBC)
• One from the Big South (#21 Coastal Carolina) 
• One from the West Coast Conference (#30 Loyola Marymount)
• One from Patriot League  (#40 Navy)

Notes on CS360's Composite National Rankings formula (created by Pete LaFleur): The CNR closely resembles the composite national rankings on CS360's sister site, CollegeBaseball360.com. The men's soccer CNR currently consists of an average of five polls/ratings (more factors to be added as season progresses). The CNR point totals ultimately are scaled to a convenient 100-point format.

In the raw formula, a #1-ranked team in any of the polls/ratings typically receives 60 points, the #2 team gets 59, etc. The 
Soccer America poll is the most basic in this regard, as it has a top-25 and no "also receiving votes" teams. When two or more teams are tied for one spot, they receive an equal share of the combined points for those spots. In the end, each team can receive a a maximum of 60 CNR points from each of the seven polls/ratings. That total then is divided by the number of elements in the formula (typically six or more) and 40 is added to yield the score on the handy 100-point scale.

One wrinkle within the CNR formula credits teams based on voting or rating "points" in certain polls/ratings (in addition to their spots on the list; note that the NSCAA preseason poll did not include the usual voting-points information). By using this correction, teams that have virtually the same number of voting points then will receive nearly the same amount of credit in the CNR (conversely, teams that have a wider margin in votes or rating points will have a bigger gap in their credits within the CNR formula). The current CNR formula includes a small bonus (max. 1.0 point) based on position within a team's respective conference preseason poll, thus 39 (rather than 40) currently is added to the polls average (still yielding a total max. of 100 points, with the bonus).


** The 2013 preseason CNR release for DI men's soccer is included at bottom of this page

CollegeSoccer360 DI Men's Soccer Composite National Rankings #1
(Aug. 28, 2014)

2014 CNR Rank. Team (Pts) … '13 preseason CNR
1. Notre Dame (99.82) … 9
2. UCLA (97.91) … 6

3. Virginia (97.24) … 15

4. Maryland (97.09) … 1

5. Washington (96.45) … 21

6. New Mexico (92.58) … 13

7. Georgetown (92.03) … 4

8. Connecticut (88.07) … 5 

9. North Carolina (88.05) … 3

10. Louisville (87.29) … 11

11. Wake Forest (84.45) … 12 

12. Michigan State (83.56) … 32

13. California (81.84) … – 

14. Marquette (81.66) … 10

15. Akron (81.53) … 7

15. Stanford (81.53) … 26

17. Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) (79.64) … 37

18. UC Santa Barbara (77.13) … 24

19. Cal State Northridge (77.06) … 30

20. UC Irvine (76.07) … – 

21. Coastal Carolina (75.12) … 17

22. Charlotte (73.92) … 19

23. Creighton (72.01) … 8

24. Clemson (67.56) … – 

25. Duke (65.59) … 35

26. Penn State (61.50) … – 

27. Indiana (61.11) … 2

28. St. Louis (60.63) … 16 

29. Tulsa (60.14) … 14
30. Loyola Marymount (59.33) . –
31. Wisconsin (58.84) … – 

32. Northwestern (58.03) … 18

33. William & Mary (57.98) … – 

34. Old Dominion (57.94) … 31

35. UAB (57.89) … 39

36. Delaware (55.77) … – 

37. Syracuse (54.95) … 23

38. South Florida (53.80) … 33

39. VCU (53.43) … 29

40. Navy (53.33) … –


These nine teams were in the 2013 CNR preseason top-40 but not in 2014 preseason top-40:
20. Brown
22. St. John's
25. San Diego
27. Cornell
28. Xavier
34. Michigan
36. Northeastern

38. SMU

40. Boston College

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2013 D-I MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON CNR (8/30/13) – Maryland (98.92) and Indiana (98.38) are virtual co-#1s in the CS360 2013 preseason CNR, followed by North Carolina, Georgetown and Georgetown to round out the top-5. The rest of the CNR preseason top-10 includes: UCLA, Akron, Creighton, Notre Dame and Marquette.

(Note that the Soccer Times coaches poll was not yet released to be included in the CNR on opening day, Aug. 30, but the poll later was released and now has been added to the CNR).


CollegeSoccer360.com first introduced the CNR for Division I women's soccer in 2008 and has brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-13 women's seasons.

The CNR formula for men's soccer currently includes the seven core criteria listed below. A small bonus for projected conference finish also is included in the current CNR formula. More ingredients, including polls, RPI, power rankings, etc., will be added to the CNR formula throughout the season. Current CNR men's soccer formula elements include:

• NSCAA coaches poll (NSCAA; 40 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
Soccer Times coaches poll (ST; 37 teams)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings  (TDS; top-25)
• 
CollegeSoccerNews.com rankings (CSN; top-30)
BennettRank computerized listing (BR; top-60)
Massey projected power rankings  (MAS; top-60)

Preseason Conference Polls: ACC  |  Big Ten  |  BIG EAST  |  AAC  |  Pac-12    
MAC  |  CUSA  |  MVC  |  A-10  |  BigSouth  |  BigWest  |  WCC  |  CAA  |  SoCon

The CNR preseason top-10 features three teams from both the ACC (Maryland, North Carolina & Notre Dame) and the BIG EAST (Georgetown, Creighton & Marquette) along with one each from the Big Ten (Indiana), American Athletic (UConn), Pac-12 (UCLA) and Mid-American (Akron).

There currently are 13 schools that feature their women's soccer team in College Soccer 360's CNR top-50 and their men's team in that CNR top-40 (there are fewer D-I men's teams and a smaller field, 48, in the NCAAS – compared to 64 for the women's NCAAs):

• North Carolina – #1 women, #3 men 
• UCLA – #3 women, #6 men
• Notre Dame – #6 women, #9 men
• Wake Forest – #8 women, #12 men
• Maryland – #14 women, #1 men
• Virginia – #5 women, #15 men
• Marquette – #20 women, #10 men
• Georgetown – #22 women, #4 men
• Stanford – #2 women, #26 men
• Michigan –  #15 women, #34 men
• Duke – #9 women, #35 men
• Boston College – #25 women, #40 men
• Washington – #47 women, #21 men

The 2013 men's soccer preseason CNR top-40 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Eight from the ACC  (#1 Maryland, #3 North Carolina, #9 Notre Dame, #12 Wake Forest, #15 Virginia, #23 Syracuse,
#35 Duke & #40 Boston College)
• Five from the BIG EAST  (#4 Georgetown, #8 Creighton, #10 Marquette, #22 St. John's & #28 Xavier) 
• Five from Conference USA  (#13 New Mexico, #14 Tulsa, #19 Charlotte, #31 Old Dominion & #39 UAB)
• Four from the American Athletic Conf.  (#5 Connecticut, #11 Louisville, #33 South Florida & #38 SMU)    
• Four from the Big Ten  (#2 Indiana, #18 Northwestern #32 Michigan State & #34 Michigan)
• Three from the Pac-12  (#6 UCLA, #21 Washington & #26 Stanford)
• Two from the Atlantic-10  (#16 St. Louis & #29 VCU)
• Two form the Ivy League  (#20 Brown & #27 Cornell)
• Two from the Big West  (#24 UC Santa Barbara & #30 Cal State Northridge)
• One from the Mid-American  (#7 Akron)
• One from the Big South (#17 Coastal Carolina) 
• One from the WCC  (#25 San Diego)
• One from the Colonial  (#36 Northeastern)
• One from America East  (#37 UMBC)

Notes on CS360's Composite National Rankings formula (created by Pete LaFleur): The CNR closely resembles the composite national rankings on CS360's sister site, CollegeBaseball360.com. The men's soccer CNR currently consists of an average of five polls/ratings (more factors to be added as season progresses). The CNR point totals ultimately are scaled to a convenient 100-point format.

In the raw formula, a #1-ranked team in any of the polls/ratings typically receives 60 points, the #2 team gets 59, etc. The Soccer America poll is the most basic in this regard, as it has a top-25 and no "also receiving votes" teams. When two or more teams are tied for one spot, they receive an equal share of the combined points for those spots. In the end, each team can receive a a maximum of 60 CNR points from each of the seven polls/ratings. That total then is divided by the number of elements in the formula (typically six or more) and 40 is added to yield the score on the handy 100-point scale.

One wrinkle within the CNR formula credits teams based on voting or rating "points" in certain polls/ratings (in addition to their spots on the list; note that the NSCAA preseason poll did not include the usual voting-points information). By using this correction, teams that have virtually the same number of voting points then will receive nearly the same amount of credit in the CNR (conversely, teams that have a wider margin in votes or rating points will have a bigger gap in their credits within the CNR formula). The current CNR formula includes a small bonus (max. 1.0 point) based on position within a team's respective conference preseason poll, thus 39 (rather than 40) currently is added to the polls average (still yielded a total max. of 100 points, with the bonus).


CollegeSoccer360 – DI Men's Soccer Composite National Rankings #1
(preseason; Aug. 30, 2013)


Rank. Team (CNR Points)
1. Maryland (98.92)
2. Indiana (98.38)
3. North Carolina (96.27)
4. Georgetown (94.79)
5. Connecticut (94.47)
6. UCLA (92.64)
7. Akron (92.62)
8. Creighton (91.13)
9. Notre Dame (90.15)
10. Marquette (89.41)
11. Louisville (88.61)
12. Wake Forest (87.20)
13. New Mexico (86.04)
14. Tulsa (86.69)
15. Virginia (80.87)
16. St. Louis (80.17)
17. Coastal Carolina (78.38)
18. Northwestern (77.70)
19. Charlotte (76.81)
20. Brown (76.23)
21. Washington (74.74)
22. St. John's (72.98)
23. Syracuse (70.09)
24. UC Santa Barbara (69.94)
25. San Diego (69.89)
26. Stanford (64.54)
27. Cornell (63.89)
28. Xavier (62.42)
29. VCU (61.49)
30. Cal State Northridge (60.78)
31. Old Dominion (60.76)
32. Michigan State (60.71)
33. South Florida (59.49)
34. Michigan (58.44)
35. Duke (55.52)
36. Northeastern (54.77)
37. UMBC (53.38)
38. SMU (52.53)
39. UAB (51.76)
40. Boston College (51.58)

editor@CollegeSoccer360.com