CS360 Composite National Rankings: D-I MEN 2015

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DI Men's Soccer Composite National Rankings #2  (9–3–15)

Rank. Team (Pts) … previous 
1. UCLA (99.30) … 1
2. Virginia (99.15)
 … 2

3. Creighton (95.97) … 5
4. North Carolina (95.62)
 … 3

5. Notre Dame (95.38) … 4
6. Maryland (93.56) … 10
7. Clemson (92.60) … 8
8. Providence (91.37)
 … 7
9. Washington (89.37)
 … 11
10. Stanford (88.08)
 … 6

11. Xavier (86.97) … 17

12. Georgetown (85.52) … 9

13. Louisville (85.44) … 14

14. UC Irvine (85.33) … 16

15. Coastal Carolina (84.34) … 20

16. Indiana (82.35) … 13

17. Oregon State (81.75) … 30

18. Charlotte (81.47) … 12

19. UC Santa Barbara (79.79) … 27

20. Wake Forest (78.92) … 25

21. San Diego (76.86) … 35

22. Penn State (75.74) … 21

23. Michigan State (73.28) … 19

24. Saint Louis (72.63) … 24

25. California (72.10) … 15

26. Syracuse (70.00) … 18

27. Old Dominion (68.94) … 26

28. UMBC (64.38) … 23

29. Kentucky (62.79) … 29

30. Hofstra (62.32) … –

31. New Mexico (61.76) … 31

32. South Florida (55.51) … –
33. Florida Gulf Coast (54.45) … –

34. UAB (54.35) … 34

35. Akron (53.83) … 22

36. Ohio State (53.21) … 28

37. Northwestern (53.16) … 33

38. Connecticut (53.00) … 32

39. Duke (51.03) … –
40. Loyola Marymount (49.78) … –


Next Five – North Carolina State,
Boston College, Elon, Denver
and Dartmouth


Dropped Out of the CNR Top–40:
36. UNC Wilmington 

37. Furman 

38. Tulsa 
39. Dartmouth

40. Monmouth

CLICK HERE for D-I women's CNR

> WEEK-1 UPDATE: D-I MEN'S SOCCER CNR (9–3–15): The teams that met in the 2014 NCAA men’s soccer title game – current #1 UCLA and defending champion [2] Virginia – remain atop the College Soccer 360 Composite National Rankings (CNR) following Opening Weekend in Division I men's soccer. Creighton has climed from #5 to #3, closely followed by [4] North Carolina and [5] Notre Dame (which both slipped one spot).

Note: CLICK HERE for Opening Week results from various top DI men’s soccer teams (CNR preseason Top–40 & other conference favorites).

Washington (up to 9th from 11th) is the newcomer in the top–10, with Stanford falling from 6th to 11th after an opening loss at UC Santa Barbara, which vaulted from 27th to 19th. Current #6 Maryland has moved up four spots, while [7] Clemson and [8] Providence flipped spots from their preseason positions in 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 2009-14 women's seasons (plus periodically for men’s soccer).

• The five new teams in the CNR Top–40 include:
[30] Hofstra (top week–1 win over Syracuse)
[32] South Florida  
[33] Florida Gulf Coast (played 0–0 game vs. Georgetown)
[39] Duke 
[40] Loyola Marymount 

… with the preseason #36 through #40 teams all slipping out of the Top–40 this week (UNC Wilmington, Furman, Tulsa, Dartmouth and Monmouth).

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; 43 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  |  Big South  
Big West  |  WCC  |  CAA  |  A-East  |  SoCon  |  MAAC  |  A-Sun  

TOP SOCCER SCHOOLS – There are 15 schools that feature their men's soccer team in College Soccer 360's CNR current top-40 (linked at top of this page) and their women's team in the current CNR top-50 (there are fewer D-I men's teams and a smaller field, 48, in the NCAAS – compared to 64 for the women's NCAAs). Duke and South Florida joined this list after last week’s results, while Georgetown dropped out (as the Hoyas women now are outside the top–50). These 15 schools include five from the ACC, four Pac-12, three Big Ten and two from the American Athletic (Kentucky is in the SEC for women’s soccer and C–USA for men’s) … with Virginia, North Carolina, Notre Dame, UCLA and Stanford being in the current CNR top–10 for both men’s and women’s soccer:
• Virginia – #1 women, #2 men
• North Carolina – #4 women, #4 men 
• Notre Dame – #6 women, #5 men
• UCLA – #9 women, #1 men
• Stanford – #2 women, #10 men
• Clemson – #13 women, #7 men
• California – #17 women, #15 men
• Penn State – #5 women, #22 men
• Washington – #27 women, #9 men
• Kentucky – #19 women, #29 men
• Ohio State – #28 women, #36 men
• Connecticut – #25 women, #38 men
• Duke – #21 women, #39 men
• South Florida – #40 women, #32 men
• Maryland – #41 women, #6 men

MOVERS & SHAKERS – In addition to UCSB’s 8-point jump to 19th … Oregon State climbed from 30th to 17th (after wins over Marquette and Michigan State) while San Diego’s 3–0 opener moved the Toreros from 35th to 21st (while Cal dropped 10 spots to 25th) … Akron has dropped from #22 to #35 (the Zips opened with a win at VCU but then lost at ODU) ... and Ohio State now is 36th after being 28th in the preseason CNR (OSU opened with a win over Fullerton and loss to Binghamton).

> CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN – Here’s a rundown of the current men’s soccer CNR Top–40, sorted by conference:
ACC (8 teams) – [2] Virginia, [4] North Carolina, [5] Notre Dame, [7] Clemson, [13] Louisville, [20] Wake Forest, [26] Syracuse & [38] Duke.
• Big Ten (6 teams) – [6] Maryland, [16] Indiana, [22] Penn State, [23] Michigan State, [36] Ohio State& [37] Northwestern
• 
Pac–12 (5 teams) – [1] UCLA, [9] Washington, [10] Stanford, [17] Oregon State & [25] California.
• 
Conference USA (5 teams) – [18] Charlotte, [27] Old Dominion, [29] Kentucky, [31] New Mexico & [34] UAB
BIG EAST (4 teams) – [3] Creighton, [8] Providence, [11] Xavier & [12] Georgetown 
Big West (2 teams) – [14] UC Irvine & [19] UC Santa Barbara
WCC (2 teams) – [21] San Diego & [40] Loyola Marymount
American Athletic (2 teams) – [32] South Florida & [38] Connecticut

Big South – [15] Coastal Carolina
Atlantic-10 – [24] Saint Louis
America East – [28] UMBC
Colonial – [30] Hofstra
Atlantic Sun – [33] Florida Gulf Coast
Mid-American – [35] Akron

> 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).


CollegeSoccer360 DI Men's Soccer Composite National Rankings #1
(Sept. 3, 2015)

2015 CNR Rank. Team (Pts)  previous

Rank. Team (Pts) … previous 
1. UCLA (99.30) … 1
2. Virginia (99.15)
 … 2
3. Creighton (95.97) … 5
4. North Carolina (95.62) … 3
5. Notre Dame (95.38) … 4
6. Maryland (93.56) … 10
7. Clemson (92.60)
 … 8
8. Providence (91.37) … 7
9. Washington (89.37) … 11
10. Stanford (88.08)
 … 6
11. Xavier (86.97) … 17
12. Georgetown (85.52)
 … 9
13. Louisville (85.44) … 14
14. UC Irvine (85.33)
 … 16
15. Coastal Carolina (84.34)
 … 20
16. Indiana (82.35) … 13
17. Oregon State (81.75)
 … 30
18. Charlotte (81.47) … 12
19. UC Santa Barbara (79.79)
 … 27
20. Wake Forest (78.92) … 25
21. San Diego (76.86) … 35
22. Penn State (75.74) … 21
23. Michigan State (73.28) … 19
24. Saint Louis (72.63) … 24
25. California (72.10) … 15
26. Syracuse (70.00) … 18
27. Old Dominion (68.94) … 26
28. UMBC (64.38) … 23
29. Kentucky (62.79) … 29
30. Hofstra (62.32) … –
31. New Mexico (61.76) … 31
32. South Florida (55.51) … –
33. Florida Gulf Coast (54.45) … –
34. UAB (54.35) … 34
35. Akron (53.83) … 22
36. Ohio State (53.21) … 28
37. Northwestern (53.16) … 33
38. Connecticut (53.00) … 32
39. Duke (51.03) … –
40. Loyola Marymount (49.78) … –

Next Five – North Carolina State, Boston College, Elon, Denver and Dartmouth 

Dropped Out of the Top–40:
36. UNC Wilmington 
37. Furman 
38. Tulsa 
39. Dartmouth
40. Monmouth
 

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> 2015 D-I MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON CNR

– College Soccer 360 unveiled Composite National Rankings (CNR) for Division I men's soccer during parts of the 2011-14 seasons and CS360 anticipates updating the men's CNR regularly in 2015, including the recently-released CS360 preseason top-40 (see left sidebar, also posted below).

UCLA narrowly edged Virginia atop the preseason CNR – reversing the result from the 2014 NCAA title game – while the rest of the top–10 includes: North Carolina, Notre Dame, Creighton, Stanford, Providence, Clemson, Georgetown and Maryland.

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; 43 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  |  Big South  
Big West  |  WCC  |  CAA  |  A-East  |  SoCon  |  MAAC  |  A-Sun  

There are 14 schools that featured their women's soccer team in College Soccer 360's CNR current top-50 (linked at top of this page) 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):
• Virginia – #2 women, #2 men
• North Carolina – #5 women, #3 men 
• Stanford – #3 women, #6 men
• Notre Dame – #6 women, #4 men
• UCLA – #11 women, #1 men
• Clemson – #17 women, #8 men
• Penn State – #4 women, #21 men
• California – #23 women, #15 men
• Washington – #24 women, #11 men
• Kentucky – #19 women, #29 men
• Ohio State – #31 women, #28 men
• Connecticut – #22 women, #32 men
• Maryland – #43 women, #10 men
• Georgetown – #45 women, #9 men

(more data analysis of the preeseason top–40 may be added to this release, with a fully updatd release coming after the week–1 games.)


CollegeSoccer360 DI Men's Soccer Composite National Rankings #1
(Aug. 27, 2015)

2015 CNR Rank. Team (Pts)  

Rank. Team (Pts) 
1. UCLA (99.26)
2. Virginia (99.11)
3. North Carolina (94.72)
4. Notre Dame (94.48)
5. Creighton (94.38)
6. Stanford (92.31)
7. Providence (91.23)
8. Clemson (91.16)
9. Georgetown (89.20)
10. Maryland (88.99)
11. Washington (87.44)
12. Charlotte (86.85)
13. Indiana (86.17) 
14. Louisville (85.21)
15. California (83.80) 
16. UC Irvine (83.56) 
17. Xavier (83.42)
18. Syracuse (82.97)
19. Michigan State (80.82)
20. Coastal Carolina (79.04)
21. Penn State (78.15)
22. Akron (77.81)
23. UMBC (71.57)
24. Saint Louis (69.06)
25. Wake Forest (67.67)
26. Old Dominion (66.17)
27. UC Santa Barbara (63.41)
28. Ohio State (62.26)
29. Kentucky (62.10)
30. Oregon State (60.89)
31. New Mexico (60.65)
32. Connecticut (60.18)
33. Northwestern (59.13)
34. UAB (59.02)
35. San Diego (57.94)
36. UNC Wilmington (56.40)
37. Furman (54.68)
38. Tulsa (54.47)
39. Dartmouth (54.07)
40. Monmouth (50.83)

Next Five – South Florida, Marquette, Delaware, Florida Gulf Coast and Loyola Marymount 

editor@CollegeSoccer360.com