2012 Archive – CS360 Composite Rankings DI women's soccer

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 (Nov. 8, 2012)

Rank. Team (Pts) ... prev.

1. Stanford (98.52) … 1
2. BYU (94.81) … 5
3. San Diego St (94.67) … 6
4. Virginia (93.86) … 7
5. Penn State (93.28) … 3
6. Florida State (92.94) … 4
7. UCLA (92.38) … 2

8. Florida (90.87) … 9
9. Marquette (87.95) … 14
10. Baylor (87.19) … 13
11. No. Carolina (86.56) … 10
12. Wake Forest (84.44) … 8
13. Texas A&M (83.42) … 11
14. Duke (82.97) … 12
15. Ohio State (82.76) … 22
16. Maryland (82.22) … 15
17. Tennessee (78.42) … 16
18. California (78.33) … 17
19. Georgetown (76.89) … 18
20. Notre Dame (76.03) … 19
21. Santa Clara (74.96) … 21
22. W. Virginia (73.90) … 20
23. UCF (72.34) … 24
24. Pepperdine (70.92) … 23
25. Portland (70.30) … 26
26. Boston Coll. (64.58) … 25
27. Va. Tech (64.39) … 27
28. Michigan (64.21) … 28
29. La Salle (62.31) … 37
30. Texas Tech (61.21) … 31
31. Miami OH (59.80) … –
32. Missouri (57.52) … 31
33. Princeton (54.22) … 36
34. S.F. Austin (53.27) … 42
35. Kentucky (51.51) … 32
36. Colorado Coll. (51.07)…40
37. Denver (50.57) … 29
38. Miami (50.10) … 34
39. Washington (50.04) … 33
40. Auburn (49.63) … –
41. Wash. St. (49.42) … 48
42. Dartmouth (49.39) … 39 
43. Arizona St. (49.13) … 46
44. Illinois (48.72) … 45
45. Long Beach (48.60) … –
46. Louisville (47.98) … 41
47. Wisconsin (47.64) … 43
48. Oregon St. (45.80) … 38
49. C. Michigan (45.14) … 49
50. Northridge (44.44) … –
(next three – Rutgers, Navy & Minnesota)

Dropped Out of CNR Top-50
35. Navy
44. Dayton
47. Minnesota
50. Rutgers

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** see left sidebar for Nov. 8/final update to the CNR top-50 ** 
(updated to include Nov. 8 late release of current Soccer Times coaches poll)
(usual full release rundown added for final three CNR updates; scroll down for CNR info.; we also are producing some bonus features for the CNR, relative to the NCAA selections, and those offerings will be linked here)

CollegeSoccer360's exclusive final Composite National Rankings (CNR) – which included a small bonus/penalty for finish to the season (spanning final 8 games; max. of 2.0 pts added or subtracted from total). The final CNR correctly lined up with 32 of the 34 at-large teams for the 2012 NCAA tournament (all but Central Michigan and Rutgers, both of which narrowly missed the CNR's hypothetical cutoff for the NCAAs – at #47, when accounting for 17 other automatic bids that went to lower-rated teams … CMU was #49 and RU #51). The CNR incorrectly forecasted that #42 Dartmouth and #46 Louisville would be in the 2012 NCAA field.  

Here are links to the eight primary elements that are averaged into the CNR formula (plus small bonus/penalty for finish to season):

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 32 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 36 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS), top-50
• 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 25 teams; no final-week update)
• 
Official NCAA RPI (NCAA; top-60 teams)
• 
Adjusted RPI (unofficial, per NC-Soccer.com; top-60 teams)
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; top-60 teams)

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 final CNR consists of an average of eight polls/ratings and 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 seven 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 RPI number used in the CNR formula includes a combination of the official NCAA RPI placements (1 thru 50; counts 50% to the RPI formula for the CNR) and the unadjusted RPI on www.nc-soccer.com (contributes 50% to the RPI factor in the CNR, but these are a combination of the 1-50 placements and actual RPI calculation numbers).

For the final CNR formula, a maximum bonus/penalty of 2.0 points was added based on season finish (over final 8 games) and the formula was adjusted to add 38 (rather than 40) to the avg. of the eight primary factors. A team that finished 8-0-0 received the max. bonus (+ 2.0), 6-2 was allotted a +1.0, a 4-4 no bonus, 2-6 was a -1.0, etc.

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CNR #11 (10/31/12) – Rank. Team (Pts) … previous

1. Stanford (98.50) … 1
2. UCLA (96.82) … 3
3. Penn State (96.11) … 4
4. Florida State (95.28) … 2
5. BYU (93.48) … 5
6. San Diego St (92.16) … 6
7. Virginia (91.44) … 9
8. Wake Forest (89.05) … 8
9. Florida (88.26) … 11
10. No. Carolina (87.85) … 7
11. Texas A&M (87.13) … 12
12. Duke (85.02) … 10
13. Baylor (84.19) … 13
14. Marquette (84.16) … 15
15. Maryland (81.08) … 18
16. Tennessee (80.72) … 24
17. California (80.16) … 14
18. Georgetown (79.99) … 19
19. Notre Dame (78.52) … 23
20. W. Virginia (78.12) … 22
21. Santa Clara (77.14) … 20
22. Ohio State (77.11) … 25
23. Pepperdine (71.91) … 16
24. UCF (70.76) … 28
25. Boston Coll. (70.64) … 17
26. Portland (70.54) … 32
27. Va. Tech (66.12) … 27
28. Michigan (65.43) … 21
29. Denver (62.25) … 29
30. Missouri (62.04) … 26
34. Texas Tech (61.35) … 33
31. Kentucky (60.50) … 30
32. Washington (58.97) … 31
33. Miami (57.81) … 44
34. Navy (57.27) … 49
37. Princeton (55.89) … 50
35. La Salle (53.23) … 34
38. Oregon St. (51.52) … 36
39. Dartmouth (51.49) … 41 
40. Colorado Coll. (51.48)…38
41. Louisville (51.44) … 40
41. S.F. Austin (51.18) … 39
43. Wisconsin (50.32) … 35
44. Dayton (50.04) … 46
45. Illinois (48.70) … –
46. Arizona St. (47.73) … 45
47. Minnesota (47.50) … 43
48. Wash. St. (47.27) … 48
49. C. Michigan (46.93) … 47
50. Rutgers (46.52) … 42

Dropped Out of CNR Top-50
37. Long Beach State 

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CNR #10 (10/24/12) – Rank. Team (Pts) … previous
1. Stanford (98.19) … 2

2. Florida State (97.20) … 1
3. UCLA (96.83) … 3
4. Penn State (95.05) … 4
5. BYU (92.70) … 5
6. San Diego State (91.03) … 8
7. North Carolina (90.57) … 7
8. Wake Forest (90.32) … 11
9. Virginia (88.46) … 12
10. Duke (88.07) … 6
11. Florida (86.88) … 9
12. Texas A&M (85.52) … 10
13. Baylor (83.16) … 18
14. California (82.81) … 19
15. Marquette (81.93) … 21
16. Pepperdine (80.92) … 15
17. Boston College (80.22) … 25
18. Maryland (79.71) … 13
19. Georgetown (78.51) … 14
20. Santa Clara (78.35) … 20
21. Michigan (77.99) … 17
22. West Virginia (77.46) … 23
23. Notre Dame (76.39) … 22
24. Tennessee (75.16) … 26
25. Ohio State (71.04) … 28
26. Missouri (69.21) … 16
27. Virginia Tech (68.68) … 24
28. UCF (66.23) … 27
29. Denver (60.87) … 30
30. Kentucky (60.64) … 42
31. Washington (56.58) … 29
32. Portland (55.89) … 31
33. Texas Tech (55.07) … 33
34. La Salle (54.89) … 40
35. Wisconsin (53.51) … 46
36. Oregon St. (53.04) … 35
37. Long Beach (52.25) … 32
38. Colorado Coll. (51..27)…–
39. Stephen F. Austin (51.09) … 49
40. Louisville (50.20) … 36
41. Dartmouth (49.94) … –
42. Rutgers (48.64) … 43
43. Minnesota (48.27) … 39
44. Miami (48.26) … –
45. Arizona State (46.82) … 48
46. Dayton (46.59) … –
47. Central Michigan (46.54) … 45
48. Washington State (46.43) … 47
49. Navy (45.70) … –
50. Princeton (45.42) … –

Dropped Out of CNR Top-50
34. Utah
37. Iowa
38. Mississippi
41. Illinois
44. William & Mary
50. San Diego

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2012 CNR #10 (10/17/12; scroll down for earlier 2012 rankings) – With the 2012 college soccer seasons nearing their end, teams have settled into the top tier of College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) for Division I women's soccer – with the same team's comprising the top-12 from a week ago. Eight of those teams – (1) Florida State, (2) Stanford, (3) UCLA, (4) Penn State, (7) North Carolina, (8) San Diego State, (11) Wake Forest and (12) Virginia – find themselves in the exact same CNR spot, while current #5 BYU and #6 Duke have swapped spots (as have current #9 Florida and #10 Texas A&M).

The CNR top-10 still includes three teams from the Atlantic Coast Conferences, plus two each from the Pac-12 and SEC, and one each from the Big Ten, WCC and Mountain West.

When the NCAA tournament field is announced, the top-8 national seeds will be a key focus point as those teams ultimately would be host teams for the second week of the NCAAs (rd-of-32 and rd-of-16; four teams each at the eight sites, after first round the previous week). Forecasting those eight national seeds based on the current CNR, three would be from the ACC (FSU, Duke & UNC) and two Pac-12 (Stanford & UCLA), plus Penn State (Big Ten), BYU (WCC) and San Diego State (MWC).

Also of note, half of those top-8 teams (Stanford, UCLA, BYU and SDSU) are from west coast-based conferences.

Here are links to the eight elements currently used in the CNR formula (scroll down for more specific info. on the CNR calculation process):

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 35 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 37 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS), top-50
• 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 25 teams)
• 
Official NCAA RPI (NCAA; top-60 teams)
• 
Adjusted RPI (unofficial, per NC-Soccer.com; top-60 teams)
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; top-60 teams)

Newcomers/Returners to the CS360 Top-50 – (42) Kentucky … (49) S.F. Austin … (50) San Diego (all but SFA were in top-50 previously this season)

Fell out of the CS360 Top-50 – (32) Memphis … (36) Oklahoma State …
(42) Kansas

Biggest Jumps within the CS360 Top-50 – Ohio State (#41 to #28) … 
Utah (#46 to #34) … Texas Tech (#44 to #33) … La Salle (#49 to #40) … 
Baylor (#25 to #18) … Rutgers (#50 to #43) 

Biggest Drops within CS360 Top-50 – William & Mary (#34 to #44) … 
UCF (#19 to #27) … Virginia Tech (#17 to #24)

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-11 seasons. Other ingredients – such as NCAA Tournament projections and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

The Oct. 17 update of the CNR top-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• ACC (8) –  (1) Florida State, (6) Duke, (7) North Carolina, (11) Wake Forest, 
(12) Virginia, (13) Maryland, (24) Virginia Tech & (25) Boston College
• 
Pac-12 (8) – (2) Stanford, (3) UCLA, (19) California, (29) Washington, (34) Utah, 
(35) Oregon State, (47) Washington State & (48) Arizona State
• 
Big Ten (7) – (4) Penn State, (17) Michigan, (28) Ohio State, (37) Iowa, 
(39) Minnesota, (41) Illinois & (46) Wisconsin  
• 
SEC (6) – (9) Florida, (10) Texas A&M, (16) Missouri, (26) Tennessee, 
(38) Mississippi & (42) Kentucky
• 
WCC (5) – (5) BYU, (15) Pepperdine, (20) Santa Clara, (31) Portland & (50) San Diego
• 
BIG EAST (5) – (14) Georgetown, (21) Marquette, (22) Notre Dame, (36) Louisville & (43) Rutgers 
• 
Big 12 (3) – (18 Baylor, (23) West Virginia & (33) Texas Tech
• 
C-USA (1) – (27) Central Florida
• 
Mountain West (1) – (8) San Diego State
 WAC (1) – (30) Denver
• 
Big West (1) – (32) Long Beach State
• Atlantic-10
 (1) – (40) La Salle
• 
Colonial (1) – (44) William & Mary
• Mid-American
 (1) – (45) Central Michigan
• Southland
 (1) – (50) Stephen F. Austin

CNR #10 (10/17/12) – Rank. Team (Pts) … previous
1. Florida State (98.49) … 1

2. Stanford (97.63) … 2

3. UCLA (96.07) … 3
4. Penn State (95.32) … 4
5. BYU (92.01) … 6
6. Duke (91.09) … 5
7. North Carolina (90.85) … 7
8. San Diego State (89.52) … 8
9. Florida (89.36) … 10
10. Texas A&M (89.24) … 9
11. Wake Forest (87.26) … 11
12. Virginia (86.22) … 12
13. Maryland (84.86) … 14
14. Georgetown (84.01) … 15
15. Pepperdine (83.58) … 16
16. Missouri (82.12) … 13
17. Michigan (80.00) … 21
18. Baylor (79.47) … 25
19. California (78.44) … 23
20. Santa Clara (77.39) … 18
21. Marquette (77.00) … 22
22. Notre Dame (75.50) … 20
23. West Virginia (75.47) … 24
24. Virginia Tech (72.38) … 17
25. Boston College (71.79) … 26
26. Tennessee (69.81) … 27
27. Central Florida/UCF (64.89) … 19
28. Ohio State (64.59) … 41
29. Washington (62.89) … 28
30. Denver (60.77) … 30
31. Portland (57.63) … 29
32. Long Beach Stte (57.16) … 33
33. Texas Tech (55.60) … 44
34. Utah (55.01) … 46
35. Oregon State (54.33) … 39
36. Louisville (53.94) … 35
37. Iowa (52.71) … 31
38. Mississippi (51.86) … 38
39. Minnesota (50.46) … 45
40. La Salle (50.18) … 49
41. Illinois (49.06) … 37
42. Kentucky (48.42) … –
43. Rutgers (48.08) … 50
44. William & Mary (47.54) … 34
44. Central Michigan (47.36) … 43
46. Wisconsin (47.04) … 40
47. Wash. State (46.72) … 47
48. Arizona State (45.76) … 48
49. Stephen F. Austin (45.63) … –
50. San Diego (45.38) … –

Dropped Out of CNR Top-50
32. Memphis
36. Oklahoma State
42. Kansas

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 CNR currently consists of an average of four 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 seven 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 RPI number used in the CNR formula includes a combination of the official NCAA RPI placements (1 thru 50; counts 50% to the RPI formula for the CNR) and the unadjusted RPI on www.nc-soccer.com (contributes 50% to the RPI factor in the CNR, but these are a combination of the 1-50 placements and actual RPI calculation numbers).

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2012 CNR #9 (10/10/12; scroll down for earlier 2012 rankings) – The top-10 of  College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) for Division I women's soccer remained virtually intact, with Florida (#10, up from #13) entering this top group while Virginia slipped from #8 to #12. The top four teams (Florida State-Staford-UCLA-Penn State) remained in their same spots, while Duke moved up from #7 to #5 and current #6 BYU slipped back one spot. San Diego State's unprecedented surge continued (up from #10 to #8), North Carolina moved from #9 to #7 and Texas A&M dropped back from #6 to #9.

The CNR top-10 now includes three teams from the Atlantic Coast Conferences, plus two each from the Pac-12 and SEC, and one each from the Big Ten, WCC and Mountain West.

Here are links to the eight elements currently used in the CNR formula (scroll down for more specific info. on the CNR calculation process):

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 33 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 33 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS), top-50
• 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 25 teams)
• 
Official NCAA RPI (NCAA; top-60 teams)
• 
Adjusted RPI (unofficial, per NC-Soccer.com; top-60 teams)
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; top-60 teams)

Newcomers/Returners to the CS360 Top-50 – (45) Minnesota, (48) Arizona State,
(49) La Salle and (50) Rutgers (all but ASU were in top-50 previously this season)

Fell out of the CS360 Top-50 – (37) Kentucky … (46) Dayton …
(47) Alabama … (50) San Diego

Biggest Jumps within the CS360 Top-50 – California (#34 to #23) …
William & Mary (#44 to #34) … Iowa (#38 to #31) … Louisville (#42 to #35)

Biggest Drops within CS360 Top-50 – Boston College (#12 to #26) …
Washington State (#47 to #39) … Oregon  State (#32 to #39) … 


CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-11 seasons. Other ingredients – such as NCAA Tournament projections and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

The Oct. 10 update of the CNR top-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• ACC (8) –  (1) Florida State, (5) Duke, (7) North Carolina, (11) Wake Forest, 
(12) Virginia, (14) Maryland, (17) Virginia Tech & (26) Boston College
• 
Pac-12 (8) – (2) Stanford, (3) UCLA, (23) California, (28) Washington, (39) Oregon State, (46) Utah,
(47) Washington State & (48) Arizona State
• 
Big Ten (7) – (4) Penn State, (21) Michigan, (31) Iowa, (37) Illinois, (40) Wisconsin, (41) Ohio State & (45) Minnesota
• 
SEC (5) – (9) Texas A&M, (10) Florida, (13) Missouri, (27) Tennessee & (38) Mississippi 
• 
BIG EAST (5) – (15) Georgetown, (20) Notre Dame, (22) Marquette, (35) Louisville & (50) Rutgers 
• 
Big 12 (5) – (24) West Virginia, (25) Baylor, (36) Oklahoma State, (42) Kansas & (44) Texas Tech
• 
WCC (4) – (6) BYU, (16) Pepperdine, (18) Santa Clara & (29) Portland
• 
C-USA (2) – (19) Central Florida & (32) Memphis
• 
Mountain West (1) – (8) San Diego State
 WAC (1) – (30) Denver
• 
Big West (1) – (33) Long Beach State
• 
Colonial (1) – (34) William & Mary
• Mid-American
 (1) – (43) Central Michigan
• Atlantic-10
 (1) – (49) La Salle

CNR #9 (10/10/12) – Rank. Team (Pts) … previous
1. Florida State (98.25) … 1
2. Stanford (97.72) … 2

3. UCLA (96.47) … 3
4. Penn State (95.46) … 4
5. Duke (92.80) … 7
6. BYU (91.41) … 5
7. North Carolina (91.12) … 9
8. San Diego State (88.98)…10
9. Texas A&M (88.63) … 6
10. Florida (88.44) … 13
11. Wake Forest (87.05) … 11
12. Virginia (86.32) … 8
13. Missouri (84.14) … 18
14. Maryland (84.06) … 16
15. Georgetown (81.88) … 14
16. Pepperdine (80.78) … 20
17. Virginia Tech (79.92) … 19
18. Santa Clara (79.07) … 15
19. Central Florida/UCF (78.65) … 17
20. Notre Dame (77.37) … 21
21. Michigan (77.22) … 25
22. Marquette (76.45) … 23
23. California (76.03) … 34
24. West Virginia (75.39) … 29
25. Baylor (75.04) … 24
26. Boston College (74.61)…12
27. Tennessee (71.48) … 22
28. Washington (63.53)…26
29. Portland (62.04) … 30
30. Denver (61.77) … 27
31. Iowa (58.78) … 38
32. Memphis (58.46) … 31
33. Long Beach State (56.67) … 28
34. William & Mary (56.46) … 44
35. Louisville (56.24) … 42
36. Oklahoma State (54.54)…33
37. Illinois (54.12) … 41
38. Mississippi (53.95) … 36
39. Oregon State (53.19) … 32
40. Wisconsin (53.05) … 36
41. Ohio State (52.15) … 45
42. Kansas (50.38) … 43
43. Central Michigan (47.42) … 48
44. Texas Tech (47.34) … 49
45. Minnesota (47.11) … – 
46. Utah (46.81) … 40
47. Washington State (46.57) … 39
48. Arizona State (46.56) … –
49. La Salle (46.40) … –
50. Rutgers (46.10) … –

Dropped Out of CNR Top-50
37. Kentucky 
46. Dayton 
47. Alabama 
50. San Diego

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2012 CNR #8 (10/3/12; scroll down for earlier 2012 rankings) – The unanimous #1 team in the national polls, Florida State, and top-rated RPI team Stanford find themselves in a virtual tie atop College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) for Division I women's soccer. FSU (97.71) has edged ahead of Stanford (97.79) back into the top spot, after trailing the Cardinal by a narrow 97.66 to 97.52 margin a week ago.

Although Florida State is rated #1 in all five "human polls" utilized in the CNR formula,  Stanford counters with its top position in both RPI calculations used in the CNR while FSU is fifth in both (Stanford is #2 in all the human polls and the 8th CNR element, the Massey Power Ratings, which list the Seminoles first).

One unique aspect of the CS360 Composite National Rankings is that the actual "voting points" or computerized calculations factor into each team's final score (via standard-deviation principles), in addition to the basic 1-2-3, etc., rankings. For example, the top three teams in the coaches poll get credit for both their relative standing (1-2-3) but also their voting points, in relation to each other (FSU was unanimous with 825 voting points, followed by Stanford w/ 793 and UCLA at 758.

UCLA and Penn State still occupy the respective #3 and #4 positions in the CNR, while current #5 BYU and #6 Texas &M each bumped up a spot (with Duke falling from #5 to #7). Yet another ACC team, Virginia, still sits in 8th and North Carolina moved up a peg to #9 – while San Diego State finds itself in the top-10 for the first time in the five-year history of the CS360 Composite National Rankings (Boston College dropped from #9 to #12).  

Here are links to the eight elements currently used in the CNR formula (scroll down for more specific info. on the CNR calculation process):

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 38 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 35 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS), top-50
• 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 33 teams)
• 
Official NCAA RPI (NCAA; top-60 teams)
• 
Adjusted RPI (unofficial, per NC-Soccer.com; top-60 teams)
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; top-60 teams)

The CNR top-10 now includes four teams from the Atlantic Coast Conferences, plus two Pac-12 squads and one each from the Big Ten, WCC, SEC and Mountain West.

Newcomers/Returners to the CS360 Top-50 – (40) Utah … (47) Alabama 
… (49) Texas Tech … (50) San Diego (TT & USD in top-50 previously this season)

Fell out of the CS360 Top-50 – (43) Rutgers … (48) Colorado … (49) Dartmouth
… (50) Minnesota

Biggest Jumps within the CS360 Top-50 – California (#47 to #34) …
Pepperdine (#32 to #20) … Baylor (#30 to #24) 

Biggest Drops within CS360 Top-50 – Oregon State (#21 to #32) … 
Portland (#20 to #30) … Kansas (#35 to #43) … Ohio State (#37 to #45) … 
Missouri (#11 to #18) … Wisconsin (#28 to #35)  

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-11 seasons. Other ingredients – such as conference and NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

The current CNR top-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• ACC (8) –  (1) Florida State, (7) Duke, (8) Virginia, (9) North Carolina,
(11) Wake Forest, (12) Boston College, (16) Maryland & (19) Virginia Tech
• 
Pac-12 (7) – (2) Stanford, (3) UCLA, (26) Washington, (32) Oregon State,
(34) California, (39) Washington State & (40) Utah
• 
Big Ten (7) – (4) Penn State, (25) Michigan, (35) Wisconsin, (38) Iowa, (41) Illinois & (45) Ohio State
• 
SEC (6) – (7) Texas A&M, (13) Florida, (18) Missouri, (22) Tennessee, (36) Mississippi, (37) Kentucky & (47) Alabama
• 
WCC (5) – (5) BYU, (15) Santa Clara, (20) Pepperdine, (30) Portland & (50) San Diego
• 
Big 12 (4) – (24) Baylor, (29) West Virginia, (33) Oklahoma State, (43) Kansas & (49) Texas Tech
• 
BIG EAST (4) – (14) Georgetown, (21) Marquette, (23) Notre Dame & (42) Louisville 
• 
C-USA (2) – (17) Central Florida & (31) Memphis
• 
Mountain West (1) – (10) San Diego State
 WAC (1) – (27) Denver
• 
Big West (1) – (28) Long Beach State
• 
Colonial (1) – (44) William & Mary
• 
Atlantic-10 (1) – (46) Dayton
• Mid-American
 (1) – (48) Central Michigan

CNR #8 (10/3/12) – Rank. Team (Pts) … previous
1. Florida State (97.71) … 2
2. Stanford (97.69) … 1
3. UCLA (95.97) … 3
4. Penn State (95.57) … 4
5. BYU (92.59) … 6
6. Texas A&M (91.45) … 7
7. Duke (89.79) … 5
8. Virginia (89.58) … 8
9. North Carolina (89.47) … 10
10. San Diego State (87.28) … 12
11. Wake Forest (86.10) … 13
12. Boston College (85.76) … 9
13. Florida (83.93) … 18
14. Georgetown (83.23) … 14
15. Santa Clara (82.51) … 17
16. Maryland (82.07) … 16
17. Central Florida/UCF (81.65) … 15
18. Missouri (81.31) … 11
19. Virginia Tech (81.02) … 19
20. Pepperdine (79.02) … 32
21. Notre Dame (78.72) … 24
22. Tennessee (76.15) … 26
23. Marquette (75.24) … 22
24. Baylor (75.16) … 30
25. Michigan (73.37) … 23
26. Washington (70.61) … 29
27. Denver (70.60) … 27
28. Long Beach State (69.81) … 25
29. West Virginia (69.60) … 31
30. Portland (69.56) … 20
31. Memphis (68.53) … 36
32. Oregon State (67.06) … 21
33. Oklahoma State (66.74) … 34
34. California (62.65) … 47
35. Wisconsin (61.03) … 28
36. Mississippi (59.01) … 33
37. Kentucky (56.10) … 38
38. Iowa (55.89) … 40
39. Washington State (52.51) … 42
40. Utah (51.78) … –
41. Illinois (51.68) … 45
42. Louisville (51.67) … 39
43. Kansas (52.29) … 35
44. William & Mary (51.08) … 44
45. Ohio State (50.33) … 37
46. Dayton (48.60) … 41
47. Alabama (47.78) … –
48. Central Michigan (47.25) … 46
49. Texas Tech (46.00 … –
50. San Diego (45.90) … –

Dropped Out of CNR Top-50
43. Rutgers
48. Colorado
49. Dartmouth
50. Minnesota

* * *

2012 CNR #7 (9/25/12; scroll down for earlier 2012 rankings) – With the introduction of the official NCAA RPI for the first time in the formula of the College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) for Division I women's soccer, Stanford has edged backed into the top spot ahead of Florida State, by the slimmest of margins (97.66 pts to 97.52). Florida State actually is first in six of the eight criteria used in the CNR formula but is fifth in both of the RPI standards, while Stanford sits atop both RPI and is second in all other elements – enough to boost the Cardinal slightly in front of the Seminoles.

North Carolina (up from #12 to #10) has returned to the CNR top-10, replacing fellow ACC team Virginia Tech (which tumbled from #9 to #19). Elsewhere in the top-10, #3 UCLA, #7 Texas A&M and #8 Virginia all maintained their spots, while Penn State moved from #6 to #4 and BYU bumped up from #10 to #6. Current #5 Duke slid back a spot while Boston College dropped from #5 to #9.

Here are links to the eight elements currently used in the CNR:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 38 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 41 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS), top-50
• 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 33 teams)
• 
Official NCAA RPI (NCAA; top-60 teams)
• 
Adjusted RPI (unofficial, per NC-Soccer.com; top-60 teams)
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; top-60 teams)

The CNR top-10 still includes five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conferences, plus two Pac-12 squads and one each from the Big Ten, WCC and SEC.

Newcomers/Returners to the CS360 Top-50 – (36) Memphis, (46) Central Michigan, (49) Dartmouth & (50) Minnesota (MEM & MN were in top-50 previously this season)

Fell out of the CS360 Top-50 – (42) Texas Tech … (46) Cal State Northridge …
(47) Michigan State … (49) Miami

Biggest Jumps within the CS360 Top-50 – Michigan (#44 to #23) … Denver (#45 to #27) … Florida (#28 to #18) … West Virginia (#40 to #31) … Georgetown (#23 to #14) … Maryland (#24 to #16) …Kansas (#43 to #35)

Biggest Drops within CS360 Top-50 – Oklahoma State (#14 to #34) … Kentucky (#22 to #38) … Wisconsin (#17 to #28) … Ohio State (#27 to #37) … Virginia Tech (#9 to #19) … California (#38 to #47) … Rutgers (#35 to #43)

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-11 seasons. Other ingredients – such as conference and NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

The current CNR top-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• ACC (8) –  (2) Florida State, (5) Duke, (8) Virginia, (9) Boston College, (10) North Carolina, (13) Wake Forest, (16) Maryland, (19) Virginia Tech
• Pac-12 (7) – (1) Stanford, (3) UCLA, (21) Oregon St, (29) Washington, (42) Washington St, (47) Cal, (48) Colorado
• 
Big Ten (7) – (4) Penn State, (23) Michigan, (28) Wisconsin, (37) Ohio State, (40) Iowa, (45) Illinois, (50) Minnesota  
• SEC (6) – (7) Texas A&M, (11) Missouri, (18) Florida, (26) Tennessee, (33) Mississippi, (38) Kentucky
• 
BIG EAST (5) – (14) Georgetown, (22) Marquette, (24) Notre Dame, (39) Louisville, (43) Rutgers
• 
WCC (4) – (6) BYU, (17) Santa Clara, (20) Portland, (32) Pepperdine 
• 
Big 12 (4) – (30) Baylor, (31) West Virginia, (34) Oklahoma State, (43) Kansas
• 
C-USA (2) – (15) Central Florida & (36) Memphis
• 
Mountain West (1) – (12) San Diego State
• 
Big West (1) – (25) Long Beach State
 WAC (1) – (26) Denver
• 
Atlantic-10 (1) – (41) Dayton
• 
Colonial (1) – (44) William & Mary
Mid-American
 (1) – (46) Central Michigan
• 
Ivy League (1) – (49) Dartmouth
 

CNR #7 (9/25/12) – Rank. Team (Pts) … previous
1. Stanford (97.66) … 2

2. Florida State (97.52) … 1
3. UCLA (94.39) … 3
4. Penn State (94.13) … 6
5. Duke (92.48) … 4
6. BYU (92.02) … 10
7. Texas A&M (91.89) … 7
8. Virginia (90.30) … 8
9. Boston College (89.93)…5
10. North Carolina (89.23 …12
11. Missouri (86.47) … 18
12. San Diego State (84.80)…15
13. Wake Forest (83.83)..13
14. Georgetown (82.43)…23
15. UCF (80.19) … 11
16. Maryland (80.18) … 24
17. Santa Clara (80.16)...21
18. Florida (79.54) … 28
19. Virginia Tech (78.80) … 9
20. Portland (76.71) … 16
21. Oregon State (75.79) … 20
22. Marquette (75.46) … 29
23. Michigan (72.41) … 44
24. Notre Dame (70.66)..26
25. Long Beach State (70.29)…30
26. Tennessee (68.86) … 19
27. Denver (67.13) … 45
28. Wisconsin (66.36)…17
29. Washington (66.14)…25
30. Baylor (65.80) … 33
31. West Virginia (63.72) … 40
32. Pepperdine (63.30)...31
33. Mississippi (61.41) … 34
34. Oklahoma State (60.72)…14
35. Kansas (60.52) … 43
36. Memphis (60.52) … –
37. Ohio State (60.00) … 27
38. Kentucky (59.92) … 22
39. Louisville (58.24) … 32
40. Iowa (54.03) … 39
41. Dayton (53.42) … 48
42. Washington State (52.43) … 36
43. Rutgers (51.00) … 35
44. William & Mary (50.95)…37
45. Illinois (50.73) … 41
46. Central Michigan (49.54) … –
47. California (48.47) … 38
48. Colorado (48.36) … 50
49. Dartmouth (45.82) … –
50. Minnesota (45.60) … –

Dropped Out of CNR Top-50
42. Texas Tech
46. Cal State Northridge
47. Michigan State
49. Miami

* * *

2012 CNR #6 (9/18/12; scroll down for earlier 2012 rankings) – College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) for Division I women's soccer have expanded to now include seven different elements in the formula (see below). Unbeaten/untied Florida State remains comfortably atop the CNR, while the 2-3-4 shuffled around (current #2 Stanford and #3 UCLA each moved up a spot while Duke dropped from #2 to #4.

There are two newcomers to the CNR top-10 – #7 Texas A&M (up from #7) and #10 BYU (previously #17), replacing North Carolina (#8 to #12) and Oklahoma State (#7 to #14). The top-10 includes three other ACC teams – #5 Boston College (up from #6), #8 Virginia (which dropped from #5) and Virginia Tech, which remained in the 9th spot. Penn State rounds out the top-10, after moving up four spots to #6.

Note – The introduction of RPI and other computer-based elements to the CNR formula may have caused certain teams to make a jump or fall in the rankings.

Here are links to the seven elements currently used in the CNR:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 44 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 41 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS), top-50
• 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 33 teams)
• 
Adjusted RPI (unofficial, per NC-Soccer.com; top-50 teams)
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; top-50 teams)

The CNR top-10 now includes five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conferences, plus two Pac-12 squads and one each from the Big Ten, SEC and WCC. Based on the current CNR, the teams that would project for the #1 seeds in the NCAAs (16 total) include: seven from the ACC (FSU, Duke, BC, UVa, VT, UNC and Wake) … two each from the Pac-12 (Stanford, UCLA) and WCC (BYU, Portland) ... and one each from the Big Ten (PSU), SEC (A&M), C-USA (UCF), Big 12 (OK St) and Mountain West (San Diego State).

Newcomers/Returners to the CS360 Top-50 – (42) Texas Tech …  (44) Michigan … (45) Denver … (47) Michigan State … (48) Dayton … (50) Colorado (TT, MSU & DAY) were in top-50 previously this season)

Fell out of the CS360 Top-50 – (32) Connecticut … (43) Minnesota … 
(46) Memphis … (47) LSU … (48) Georgia … (49) Harvard

Biggest Jumps within the CS360 Top-50 – Kentucky (#42 to #22) … Missouri (#29 to #18) … Georgetown (#34 to #23) … Notre Dame (#35 to #26) … Illinois (#50 to #41) … BYU (#17 to #10) … Baylor (#40 to #33) … William & Mary (#44 to #37)

Biggest Drops within CS360 Top-50 – Rutgers (#20 to #35) … Florida (#14 to #28) … Long Beach State (#18 to #30) … Miami (#39 to #49) … Mississippi (#25 to #34) … Oklahoma State (#7 to #14) … West Virginia (#33 to #40) … Kansas (#36 to #43)

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-11 seasons. Other ingredients – such as conference and NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

The current CNR top-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• ACC (9) –  (1) Florida State, (4) Duke, (5) Boston College, (8) Virginia, (9) Virginia Tech, (12) North Carolina, (13) Wake Forest, (24) Maryland, (49) Miami 
• 
Pac-12 (7) – (2) Stanford, (3) UCLA, (20) Oregon St, (25) Washington, (36) Washington St, (38) Cal, (50) Colorado
• 
Big Ten (7) – (6) Penn State, (17) Wisconsin, (27) Ohio State, (39) Iowa, (41) Illinois, (44) Michigan, (47) Michigan State  
• SEC (6) – (7) Texas A&M, (18) Missouri, (19) Tennessee, (22) Kentucky, (28) Florida, (34) Mississippi,
• 
Big 12 (5) – (14) Oklahoma State, (33) Baylor, (40) West Virginia, (42) Texas Tech, (43) Kansas
• 
BIG EAST (5) – (23) Georgetown, (26) Notre Dame, (29) Marquette, (32) Louisville, (35) Rutgers
• 
WCC (4) – (10) BYU, (16) Portland, (21) Santa Clara, (31) Pepperdine 
• 
Big West (2) – (30) Long Beach State, (46) Cal State Northridge 
• 
C-USA (1) – (11) UCF
• 
Mountain West (1) – (15) San Diego State
• 
Colonial (1) – (37) William & Mary
 WAC (1) – (45) Denver
• 
Atlantic-10 (1) – (48) Dayton

CNR #6 (9/18/12) – Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous
1. Florida State (98.07) … 1
2. Stanford (96.60) … 33. UCLA (95.77) … 4
4. Duke (93.71) … 2
5. Boston College (92.12) … 6
6. Penn State (90.45) … 10
7. Texas A&M (90.27)…11
8. Virginia (89.83) … 5
9. Virginia Tech (89.70) … 9
10. BYU (88.95) … 17
11. UCF (87.73) … 13
12. North Carolina (83.24) … 8
13. Wake Forest (83.20) … 12
14. Oklahoma State (81.04) … 7
15. San Diego State (80.00) … 15
16. Portland (79.95) … 21
17. Wisconsin (77.96) …16
18. Missouri (76.65) … 29
19. Tennessee (75.51) … 22
20. Oregon State (74.84) … 23
21. Santa Clara (73.46) … 24
22. Kentucky (71.57) … 42
23. Georgetown (71.00) … 34
24. Maryland (70.68) … 30
25. Washington (69.72) … 19
26. Notre Dame (68.96) … 35
27. Ohio State (68.94) … 31
28. Florida (67.65) … 14
29. Marquette (66.56) … 26
30. Long Beach (65.62) … 18
31. Pepperdine (65.31) … 27
32. Louisville (63.02) … 28
33. Baylor (62.30) … 40
34. Mississippi (61.37) … 25
35. Rutgers (55.64) … 20
36. Washington State (54.48) … 41
37. William & Mary (53.97) … 44
38. California (53.46) … 37
39. Iowa (53.07) … 38
40. West Virginia (50.87) … 33
41. Illinois (50.78) … 50
42. Texas Tech (50.00) … –
43. Kansas (48.83) … 36
44. Michigan (48.60) … –
45. Denver (47.69) … –
46. Cal State Northridge (47.66) … 45
47. Michigan State (47.360…–
48. Dayton (46.09) … –
49. Miami (45.71) … 39
50. Colorado (45.52) … –

Dropped Out of CNR Top-50
32. Connecticut
43. Minnesota
46. Memphis
47. LSU
48. Georgia
49. Harvard

* * *

2012 CNR #5 (9/11/12; scroll down for earlier 2012 rankings) – The Florida State women are a near-unanimous #1 (99.97) in CS360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR), while current #2 Duke and #3 Stanford each have moved up a spot while UCLA dropped from #2 to #4. Current #5 Virginia and #6 Boston College have climbed two positions in the CNR, while yet two more ACC teams have entered the top-10: North Carolina (#13 to #8) and Virginia Tech (#12 to #9). Two teams that dropped a few spots round out the current CNR top-10: Oklahoma State (#5 to #7) and Penn State (#6 to #10).

Here are links to the five elements currently used in the CNR (we will be adding RPI and other computer-generated elements next week, with conference play beginning this week for many leagues; scroll down for CNR formula description).

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 42 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 41 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS), top-50
• 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 34 teams)

The CNR top-10 is dominated by six teams from the Atlantic Coast Conferences, plus two Pac-12 squads and one each from the Big 12 and Big Ten (another ACC team, Wake Forest, dropped back from #10 to #12 while Marquette plummeted from #9 to #26).

Based on the current CNR, the teams that would project for the #1 seeds in the NCAAs (16 total) include: seven from the ACC (FSU, Duke, UVa, BC, UNC, VT, and Wake) … two  each from the Pac-12 (UCLA, Stanford), SEC (Texas A&M, Florida) and Big Ten (Penn St, WIS) ... and one each from the Big 12 (OK St), C-USA (UCF) and Mountain West (San Diego St.).

Newcomers/Returners to the CS360 Top-50 – (31) Ohio State ... (35) Kansas ... (43) William & Mary ... (44) Cal State Northridge ... (48) Harvard (all but KU & Harvard in top-50 previously this season)

Fell out of the CS360 Top-50 – (40) Boston University … (42) La Salle … (46) Seton Hall … (49) Texas Tech … (50) Michigan State

Biggest Jumps within the CS360 Top-50 – BYU (#35 to #17) … Connecticut (#43 to #32) … Oregon State (#32 to #23) … Washington (#28 to #19) … Iowa (#47 to #38) … San Diego State (#22 to #15)

Biggest Drops within the CS360 Top-50 – Marquette (#9 to #26) … Illinois (#36 to #50) … Louisville (#16 to #28) … Georgetown (#23 to #34) … Pepperdine (#17 to #27) … Missouri (#19 to #29) … Miami (#29 to #39) … Memphis (#38 to #46) 

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-11 seasons. Other ingredients – such as conference and NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

The current CNR top-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

ACC (9) –  (1) Florida State, (2) Duke, (5) Virginia, (6) Boston College, (8) North Carolina, (9) Virginia Tech, (12) Wake Forest, (30) Maryland, (39) Miami 
SEC (8) – (11) TX A&M, (14) Florida, (22) Tenn., (25) Ole Miss, (29) Missouri, (42) Kentucky, (47) LSU, (48) Georgia 
BIG EAST (6) – (20 Rutgers, (26) Marquette, (28) Louisville, (32) Connecticut, (34) Georgetown, (35) Notre Dame
Pac-12 (6) – (3) Stanford, (4) UCLA, (19) Washington, (23) Oregon State, (37) California, (41) Washington State
Big Ten (6) – (10) Penn State, (16) Wisconsin, (31) Ohio State, (38) Iowa, (43) Minnesota, (50) Illinois  
WCC (4) – (17) BYU, (21) Portland, (24) Santa Clara, (27) Pepperdine 
Big 12 (4) – (7) Oklahoma State, (33) West Virginia, (36) Kansas, (40) Baylor 
C-USA (2) – (13) UCF, (46) Memphis
Big West (2) – (18) Long Beach State, (45) Cal State Northridge 
Mountain West (1) – (15) San Diego State
Colonial (1) – (44) William & Mary
Ivy (1) – (49) Harvard  

CNR #5 (9/11/12) – Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous
1. Florida State (99.97) … 1
2. Duke (98.83) … 3
3. Stanford (97.46) … 4
4. UCLA (96.85) … 2

5. Virginia (94.23) … 7
6. Boston College (92.55)...8
7. Oklahoma State (91.07) … 5
8. North Carolina (90.87) … 13
9. Virginia Tech (90.25) … 12
10. Penn State (90.17) … 6
11. Texas A&M (90.03)…14
12. Wake Forest (89.95)..10
13. Central Florida (88.31) … 11
14. Florida (84.66) … 15
15. San Diego State (82.25)…22
16. Wisconsin (81.71)…18
17. BYU (80.35) … 35
18. Long Beach State (78.03)…24
19. Washington (77.80)…28
20. Rutgers (77.55) … 25
21. Portland (76.42) … 20
22. Tennessee (74.71) … 21
23. Oregon State (73.69) … 32
24. Santa Clara (73.68)..26
25. Mississippi (71.82) … 30
26. Marquette (70.10) ... 9
27. Pepperdine (68.80)..17
28. Louisville (67.72) … 16
29. Missouri (64.41) … 19
30. Maryland (59.06) … 27
31. Ohio State (57.62) … –
32. Connecticut (56.89)..43
33. W. Virginia (56.62)…31
34. Georgetown (55.16)…23
35. Notre Dame (55.05)..33
36. Kansas (54.87) … –
37. California (54.06) … 41
38. Iowa (52.80) … 47
39. Miami (52.20) … 29
40. Baylor (52.00) … 34
41. Wash. St. (50.07) … 48
42. Kentucky (49.75) … 39
43. Minnesota (49.73)…36
44. Will. & Mary (49.65)…–
45. CS Northridge (49.47)…–
46. Memphis (49.05) … 38
47. LSU (48.00) … 44
48. Georgia (45.20) … 45
49. Harvard (45.17) … –
50. Illinois (44.80) … 36

Dropped Out of CNR Top-50
40. Boston University
42. La Salle
46. Seton Hall
49. Texas Tech
50. Michigan State

* * * 

2012 CNR #4 (9/4/12; scroll down for earlier 2012 rankings) – The third week of the 2012 DI women's soccer season produced a low number of upsets, particularly among the top teams – as eight go the top-10 teams in College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) remain in their same spots: (1) Florida State, (2) UCLA, (5) Oklahoma State, (6) Penn State, (7) Virginia, (8) Boston College, (9) Marquette and (10) Wake Forest. The only change was new #3 Duke sliding in front of current #4 Stanford.

The CNR currently includes five criteria in the current formula (more ingredients, including polls, RPI, power rankings, etc., to be added throughout the season):

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 40 teams)
• Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 39 teams)
• Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS), top-50
• Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 31 teams)

The CNR top-10 still includes five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conferences, plus two Pac-12 squads and one each from the Big 12, Big Ten and BIG EAST. Based on the current CNR, the teams that would project for the #1 seeds in the NCAAs (16 total) include: seven from the ACC (FSU, Duke, UVa, BC, Wake, VT, UNC) … two  each from the Pac-12 (UCLA, Stanford), SEC (Texas A&M, Florida) and BIG EAST (Marquette, Louisville) ... and one each from the Big 12 (OK St), Big Ten (Penn St) and C-USA (UCF).

Four teams have fallen out of the CNR's current top-50 (Dayton, San Diego, UNC Greensboro and South Florida), with newcomers/returners including: (35) BYU, (46) Seton Hall, (47) Iowa and (48) Washington State.

Teams that have made big jumps within the CNR: Mississippi (#47 to #30), Washington (#43 to #28), San Diego State (#33 to #22), Kentucky (#50 to #39) and Texas A&M (#23 to #14) – while the following teams have slipped down the CNR: La Salle (#30 to #42), Santa Clara (#16 to #26), West Virginia (#22 to #31), Boston Univ. (#31 to #40) and Connecticut (#35 to #43).

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-11 seasons. Other ingredients – such as conference and NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

The current CNR top-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Nine from the ACC  (FSU, Duke, UVa, BC, Wake, VT, NC, MD, MIA) 
• Eight from the SEC  (A&M, FL, MO, TN, Ole Miss, KY, LSU, GA) 
• Seven from the BIG EAST  (MARQ, LOU, G'town, RUT, ND, UConn, SHU)
• Six from the Pac-12  (UCLA, STAN, WA, OR-St, Cal, WSU) 
• Six from the Big Ten  (PSU, WIS, ILL, MN, Iowa, MSU)  
• Four from the WCC  (PEP, PORT, SCU, BYU) 
• Four from the Big 12  (OK-St, WV, BAY, TxTech) 
• Two from C-USA  (UCF, MEM)
• One from the A-10  (LAS)
• One from the Big West  (LB) 
• One from America East  (BU)   
• One from the Mountain West (SDSU)

CNR #4 (9/4/12) – Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous 
1. Florida State (99.58) … 1
2. UCLA (98.69) … 2
3. Duke (97.32) … 4
4. Stanford (96.31) … 3
5. Oklahoma State (95.95) … 5
6. Penn State (94.72) … 6
7. Virginia (92.38) … 7
8. Boston College (91.93) … 8
9. Marquette (90.39) ... 9
10. Wake Forest (88.20) … 10
11. UCF (87.80) … 12
12. Virginia Tech (85.79) … 15
13. North Carolina (85.41) … 14
14. Texas A&M (84.38) … 23
15. Florida (82.63) … 13
16. Louisville (80.87) … 19
17. Pepperdine (80.75) … 11
18. Wisconsin (78.97) … 18
19. Missouri (77.96) … 24
20. Portland (77.72) … 25
21. Tennessee (77.71) … 21
22. San Diego State (76.37)…33
23. Georgetown (71.10) … 26
24. Long Beach State (67.81) … 17
25. Rutgers (67.77) … 20
26. Santa Clara (67.44) … 16
27. Maryland (66.45) … 28
28. Washington (63.23) … 43
29. Miami (63.14) … 29
30. Mississippi (62.72) … 47
31. West Virginia (62.23) … 22
32. Oregon State (57.55) … 27
33. Notre Dame (56.84) … 34
34. Baylor (56.34) … 40
35. BYU (56.02) … –
36. Illinois (52.42) … 32
37. Minnesota (52.03) … 41
38. Memphis (51.52) … 39
39. Kentucky (49.71) … 50
40. Boston Univ. (49.60) … 31
41. California (48.80) … 38
42. La Salle (48.59) … 30
43. Connecticut (47.90) … 35
44. LSU (47.20) … 44
45. Georgia (46.60) ... 45
46. Seton Hall (46.00) … –
47. Iowa (45.94) … –
48. Washington State (45.26) … –
49. Texas Tech (45.22) … 42
50. Michigan State (45.00) … 49

Dropped Out of CNR Top-50
36. Dayton
37. San Diego
46. UNC Greensboro
48. South Florida

* * * 

2012 CNR #3 (8/28/12; scroll down for earlier 2012 rankings) – For the first time since early in the 2011 season, a new team sits atop College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) – as Florida State has surged into the top position (moving up from 3rd, after losses by Stanford and Duke). Current #2 UCLA also has bumped up two spots, followed by Stanford, Duke and Oklahoma State (up from #7 to #5). Stanford was the CNR's top team for the final seven weeks of the 2011 regular season and the first two weeks of 2012.

There's one newcomer to the CNR top-10, as Boston College climbed from #11 to #8 (Texas A&M plummeted from #10 to #23). Penn State has slipped from # to #6, Virginia is up from #8 to #7, Marquette has stayed at #9, and Wake Forest fell from #6 to #10).

The CNR currently includes five criteria in the current formula (more ingredients, including polls, RPI, power rankings, etc., to be added throughout the season):

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 45 teams)
• Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 44 teams)
• Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS), top-50
• Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 32 teams)

The CNR top-10 now includes five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conferences, plus two Pac-12 squads and one each from the Big 12, Big Ten and BIG EAST. Based on the current CNR, the teams that would project for the #1 seeds in the NCAAs (16 total) include: seven from the ACC (FSU, Duke, UVa, BC, Wake, UNC, VT) … two each from the Pac-12 (UCLA, Stanford) & WCC (PEP, SCU) ... and one each from the Big 12 (OK St), Big Ten (Penn St), BIG EAST (Marquette), C-USA (UCF) and Florida (SEC).

Six teams have fallen out of the CNR's current top-50 (South Carolina, Auburn, BYU, William & Mary, CS Northrdige and Hofstra), with newcomers/returners including: (37) San Diego, (42) Texas Tech, (32) Washington, (47) Mississippi, (48) South Florida and (50) Kentucky

Teams that have made big jumps within the CNR: Dayton (#45 to #30), La Salle (#43 to #30), Georgetown (#37 to #26), San Diego State (#44 to #33) and Tennessee (#30 to #21) – while the following teams have slipped down the CNR: Texas A&M (#10 to #23), Maryland (#16 to #28), Illinois (#22 to #32), Memphis (#31 to #39) and Baylor (#32 to #40). 

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-11 seasons. Other ingredients – such as conference and NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

The current CNR top-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Nine from the ACC  (FSU, Duke, UVa, BC, Wake, NC, VT, MD, MIA) 
• Eight from the SEC  (FL, TN, A&M, MO, LSU, GA, Ole Miss, KY) 
• Seven from the BIG EAST  (MARQ, LOU, RUT, G'town, ND, UConn, SoFL)
• Five from the Pac-12  (UCLA, STAN, OR-St, Cal, WA) 
• Five from the Big Ten  (PSU, WIS, ILL, MN, MSU)  
• Four from the WCC  (PEP, SCU, PORT, USD) 
• Four from the Big 12  (OK-St, WV, BAY, TxTech) 
• Two from C-USA  (UCF, MEM)
• Two from the A-10  (LAS, DAY)
• One from the Big West  (LB) 
• One from America East  (BU)   
• One from the Mountain West (SDSU)
• One from the 
SoCon (UNCG)

CNR #3 (8/28/12) – Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous 
1. Florida State (99.08) … 3
2. UCLA (98.40) … 4
3. Stanford (97.77) … 1
4. Duke (96.21) … 2
5. Oklahoma State (95.83) … 7
6. Penn State (94.31) … 5
7. Virginia (91.70) … 8
8. Boston College (90.52)..11
9. Marquette (89.92) ... 9
10. Wake Forest (87.76) … 6
11. Pepperdine (86.71)..14
12. Central Florida (86.49)..13
13. Florida (83.20) … 21
14. North Carolina (82.62) … 12
15. Virginia Tech (82.18) … 17
16. Santa Clara (81.96)..15
17. Long Beach (80.60)…20
18. Wisconsin (79.74)…19
19. Louisville (77.53) … 18
20. Rutgers (76.63) … 38
21. Tennessee (74.92) … 30
22. West Virginia (74.79)…26
23. Texas A&M (74.21)…10
24. Missouri (73.89) … 25
25. Portland (68.18) … 24
26. Georgetown (68.03) … 37
27. Oregon State (67.68) … 34
28. Maryland (65.96) … 16
29. Miami (61.91) … 23
30. La Salle (61.46) … 43
31. Boston University (59.06) ... 39
32. Illinois (58.80) … 22
33. San Diego State (58.01)…44
34. Notre Dame (57.05)..33
35. Connecticut (56.57)..36
36. Dayton (55.15) … 45
37. San Diego (54.62) … –
38. California (54.01) … 37
39. Memphis (51.12) ... 31
40. Baylor (51.05) … 32
41. Minnesota (50.59) … 35
42. Texas Tech (49.96) … –
43. Washington (48.77) … –
44. LSU (47.00) ... 40
45. Georgia (46.80) ... 38
46. UNC Greensboro 46.72 –
47. Mississippi (46.42) … –
48. South Florida (46.40) … – 
49. Michigan State (45.00) … 49
50. Kentucky (44.98) … –

Dropped Out of CNR Top-50
39. South Carolina
41. Auburn
42. BYU
46. William & Mary
47. Cal State Northridge
50. Hofstra

* * * 

2012 CNR #2 (8/21/12) – With the first weekend of the 2012 collegee women's soccer season under our belt, College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) have expanded for week-2 to include five criteria in the current formula (more ingredients, including polls, RPI, power rankings, etc., to be added throughout the season):

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 47 teams)
• Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 46 teams)
• Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS), top-50
• Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 30 teams)

The top-10 of the current CNR includes nine of the same teams from the preseason, plus Marquette (up from #11 to #9). Stanford still holds a slight lead over Duke for the top position while current #3 Florida State and #4 UCLA each have bumped up a spot and Penn State jumped from #9 to #6. Three other teams – Wake Forest (#3 to #6), Oklahoma State (tie for #6 to #7) and Virginia (t6 to 8th) – have slipped back a bit but remain in the top-10, as does #10 Texas A&M (no change).

North Carolina fell out of the CNR top-10 (from t6 to 12th). The CNR top-10 now includes four teams from the Atlantic Coast Conferences, plus two Pac-12 squads and one each from the Big 12, Big Ten, BIG EAST and SEC.

Based on the current CNR, the teams that would project for the #1 seeds in the NCAAs (16 total) include: seven from the ACC (Duke, FSU, Wake, UVa, BC, UNC, MD) … two each from the Pac-12 (Stanford, UCLA) & WCC (PEP, SCU) ... and one each from the Big Ten (Penn St), Big 12 (OK St), BIG EAST (Marquette), SEC (A&M) and C-USA (UCF).

Due to limited preseason poll data, the CNR extended to only 40 teams heading into 2012 but now has returned to the usual top-50. Three teams that were in the CNR preseason top-40 – (27) Milwaukee and co-30s Ohio State and San Diego – have fallen out of the current top-50. Noteworthy newcomers include: (19) Wisconsin, (24) Portland, (25) Missouri, (30) Tennessee, (34) Oregon State and (35) Minnesota. 

Several teams have made big jumps within the CNR: Rutgers (#40 to #28), Miami (#32 to #23), UCF (#21 to #13) and California (#35 to #27).

On the flip side, the following teams have slipped down the CNR: William & Mary (#24 to #46), Notre Dame (#13 to #33), Dayton (#29 to #45), Memphis (#16 to #31), LSU (#25 to #40) and South Carolina (#28 to #39).

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-11 seasons. Other ingredients – such as conference and NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

The current CNR top-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Nine from the ACC  (Duke, FSU, Wake, UVa, BC, UNC, MD, VT, MIA) 
• Eight from the SEC  (A&M, FL, MO, TN, GA, SC, LSU, AUB) 
• Six from the BIG EAST  (MARQ, LOU, RUT, ND, UConn, G'town) 
• Five from the Big Ten  (PSU, WIS, ILL, MN, MSU)  
• Four from the Pac-12  (STAN, UCLA, Cal, OR-St)
• Four from the WCC  (PEP, SCU, PORT, BYU) 
• Three from the Big 12  (OK-St, WV, BAY) 
• Three from the Colonial  (W&M, UNCW, HOF) 
• Two from C-USA  (UCF, MEM)
• Two from the A-10  (LAS, DAY)
• Two from the Big West  (LB, CSUN) 
• One from America East  (BU)   
• One from the Mountain West (SDSU)

CNR #2 (8/21/12) – Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous 
1. Stanford (99.57) … 1

2. Duke (99.35) … 2
3. Florida State (97.15) … 4
4. UCLA (95.90) … 5
5. Penn State (95.11) ... 9
6. Wake Forest (94.70) … 3
7. Oklahoma St (94.05) … 6
8. Virginia (90.75) … 6
9. Marquette (88.40) ... 11
10. Texas A&M (87.61) …10
11. Boston College (87.53) … 11
12. North Carolina (86.65) … 6
13. Central Florida (86.45) … 21
14. Pepperdine (83.21) … 20
15. Santa Clara (80.93) … 15
16. Maryland (80.66) ... 17
17. Va. Tech (78.33) … 23
18. Louisville (78.5) ... 22
19. Wisconsin (77.75) … –
20. Long Beach (77.29) … 26
21. Florida (77.18) … 14
22. Illinois (76.95) … 18
23. Miami (73.25) ... 32
24. Portland (71.89) … –
25. Missouri (70.45) … –
26. West Virginia (69.69) … 19
27. California (69.30) … 35
28. Rutgers (66.02) … 40
29. Boston Univ. (65.61) ... 34
30. Tennessee (60.59) … –
31. Memphis (58.60) ... 16
32. Baylor (58.29) … 32
33. Notre Dame (57.34) … 13
34. Oregon State (56.29) … –
35. Minnesota (55.36) … –
36. Connecticut (54.98) … 37
37. Georgetown (53.21) … 36
38. Georgia (52.96) ... 38
39. South Carolina (52.23) … 28
40. LSU (51.35) ... 25
41. Auburn (51.00) ... 38
42. BYU (50.01) … –
43. La Salle (49.93) … –
44. San Diego State (49.44) … –
45. Dayton (49.35) … 29
46. William & Mary (47.82) … 24
47. Cal State Northridge (45.68) … –
48. UNC Wilmington (45.55) ... –
49. Michigan State (45.40) … –
50. Hofstra (44.75) … –

Dropped Out of CNR Top-50
27. Milwaukee
30. Ohio State
30. San Diego
(initial poll was top-40) 

* * *

2012 PRESEASON CNR (8/17/12) – College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) have returned for the 2012 season.

The 2012 preseason CNR formula currently includes the following three criteria (more ingredients, including polls, RPI, power rankings, etc., to be added throughout the season):

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA)
• Soccer America rankings  (SA)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS)

The top-10 of the 2011 preseason CNR breaks down as follows (in order): Stanford, Duke, Wake Forest, Florida State, UCLA, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Virginia, Penn State and Texas A&M. The top-10 includes five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conferences, plus two Pac-12 squads and one each from the Big 12, Big Ten and SEC.

Based on the preseason CNR, the teams that would project for the #1 seeds in the NCAAs (16 total) include: six from the ACC (Duke, Wake, FSU, UNC, UVa, BC) ... two each from the Pac-12 (Stanford, UCLA), SEC (Texas A&M, FL) BIG EAST (Marquette, ND) ... and one each from the Big 12 (Oklahoma State), Big Ten (Penn State), WCC (Santa Clara) and CUSA (Memphis).

The final CNR of the 2011 season – released in late Oct. (when most teams had concluded regular-season play – featured six teams that are not in the 2011 CNR preseason top-40 (which will expand to a top-50: #19 UC Irvine, #20 La Salle, #24 Oregon State, #27 Tennessee, #29 Washington State and #37 Wisconsin.

Several teams have made big jumps in the CNR, when comparing their standing at the end of the 2011 regular season to the 2012 preseason listing: Notre Dame (#39 to #13), Louisville (#43 to #22), Ohio State (#50 to #30), San Diego (#48 to #30), Texas A&M (#26 to #10), Central Florida (#36 to #21), Florida State (#13 to #4) and William & Mary (#33 to #24).

On the flip side, the following teams have slipped down the CNR when looking at their previous standing at the end of the 2011 regular season: Milwaukee (#15 to #27), Boston Univ. (#22 to #34), Pepperdine (#10 to #20), Memphis (#9 to #16) and California (#28 to #35).

Three teams – #26 Long Beach State, #37 Connecticut and #40 Rutgers – were not in the CNR top-50 at the end of the 2011 regular season but now find themselves in the CNR top-40 entering 2012.

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-11 seasons. Other ingredients – such as conference and NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

Rank. Team (Pts) ... prev.

1. Stanford (99.67) ... 1
2. Duke (99.33) … 2
3. Wake Forest (97.67) …7
4. Florida St. (95.67) … 13
5. UCLA (95.00) ... 4
6. No. Carolina (93.00) … 6
6. Oklahoma St (93.00)… 3
6. Virginia (93.00) ... 5
9. Penn State (91.00) ... 11
10. Texas A&M (89.33)...26
11. Boston Coll (87.33)..14
11. Marquette (87.33) ... 8
13. Notre Dame (86.67)..39
14. Florida (86.33) ... 18
15. Santa Clara (85.67)..12
16. Memphis (84.67) ... 9
17. Maryland (83.33) ... 16
18. Illinois (83.00) … 25
19. W. Virginia (81.67)..17
20. Pepperdine (81.33)..10
21. Central Fla. (81.00)..36
22. Louisville (78.33) ... 43
23. Va. Tech (75.67) ... 21
24. W. & Mary (74.33)..33
25. LSU (73.00) ... 32
26. Long Beach (72.33)…–
27. Milwaukee (70.33) ... 15
28. So. Carolina (62.33)…23
29. Dayton (59.67) ... 31
30. Ohio St (59.00) ... 50
30. San Diego (59.00) ... 48
32. Baylor (58.67) ... 30
32. Miami (58.67) ... 38
34. Boston U. (57.33) ... 22
35. California (54.00) ... 28
36. G'town (53.67)...34
37. Connecticut (53.00)..–
38. Auburn (52.00) ... 35
38. Georgia (52.00) ... 40 
40. Rutgers (50.67) … –

The following teams ended the 2011 regular season in the CS360 top-40 but are not in the 2012 preseason top-40:
19. UC Irvine  
20. La Salle 
24. Oregon State
27. Tennessee
29. Washington State  
37. Wisconsin

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