CS360 Composite Rankings – 2014 D-I college women's soccer

CollegeSoccer 360
Women's Soccer DI
Composite 
National
Rankings #10 
(Oct. 29, 2014)

Rank. Team (CNR pts) … prev.

1. UCLA (98.89) … 1
2. Florida State (96.78) … 2
3. Stanford (96.12) … 3
4. Virginia (95.95) … 4
5. North Carolina (94.66) … 5
6. Penn State (93.19) … 6
7. Texas A&M (91.71) … 7
8. Florida (90.42) … 8
9. West Virginia (90.14) … 9
10. Notre Dame (89.20) … 10
11. Wisconsin (87.91) … 11
12. UCF (83.62) … 15
13. Pepperdine (83.05) … 13
14. Texas Tech (82.95) … 17
15. Virginia Tech (81.80) … 12
16. South Carolina (79.36) … 16
17. Clemson (75.85) … 18
18. Washington (75.32) … 20
19. DePaul (74.05) … 19
20. Washington St. (74.01) … 25
21. Kansas (73.94) … 26
22. BYU (73.76) … 27
23. Kentucky (72.33) … 32
24. California (71.10) … 22
25. Michigan (70.43) … 24
26. Rutgers (67.19) … 14
27. Georgetown (66.66) … 23
28. Santa Clara (58.29) … 30
29. San Diego St. (55.51) … 37
30. FL Gulf Coast (55.50) … 35
31. Auburn (54.44) … 38
32. Arizona State (54.29) … 28
33. La Salle (53.76) … 42
34. Georgia (52.97) … 21
35. Oklahoma State (52.19) … 36
36. Texas (50.33) … 50
37. Iowa (49.53) … 44
38. Illinois (49.13) … 46
39. Missouri (49.11) … 29
40. Arizona (48.96) …. 39
41. Arkansas (48.42) … 40
42. Minnesota (47.80) … –
43. Colgate (47.49) … 34
44. USC (47.37) … 41
45. Boston Univ. (47.11) … –
46. Boston College (46.82) … 31
47. Alabama (45.75) … 49
48. South Florida (45.62) … –
49. Utah (44.87) … 33
50. Connecticut (44.65) … –

Next Five – Duke, Memphis,
Ole Miss, Northeastern and
San Diego

Dropped out of CNR top-50:
43. Oklahoma
45. Maryland 
47. San Diego 
48. Duke

DI MEN's CNR (2014)
CNR ARCHIVE
(women):
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CS360 Composite Top-50 Update

(10/30/14) – See left sidebar for updated CS360 Composite National Rankings (top-50) for Division I women's soccer. (full release data to be added later – but scroll down for previous release, with CNR criteria, links to ingredients in the formula, each team's week-by-week rank within the top-50, etc.).

The three newcomers/returners to the top-50 are (42) Minnesota, (45) Boston Univ., (48) South Florida and (50) UConn, replacing Duke, San Diego, Maryland and Oklahoma.

A new ingredient has been added to the CNR formula, with a small bonus/penalty for record over past eight games (replacing the small bonus for preseason predicted conference finish).

Again, scroll down for plenty of other info. about the CNR. 

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CS360 Composite Top-50 Update

(10/23/14) – See left sidebar for updated CS360 Composite National Rankings (top-50) for Division I women's soccer. (full release data to be added later – but scroll down for previous release, with CNR criteria, links to ingredients in the formula, each team's week-by-week rank within the top-50, etc.).

The three newcomers/returners to the top-50 are (44) Iowa, (47) San Diego and (49) Alabama, replacing Ole Miss, Minnesota, and Colorado.

Teams that made the biggest moves within the top-50: South Carolina (#25 to #16) … Boston College (#39 to #31) … Florida Gulf Coast (#43 to #35) … Texas Tech (#24 to #17) … and Auburn (#45 to #38).

And the teams that tumbled the most but stayed within the top-50: Oklahoma (#27 to #43) … Kansas (#16 to #26) … Illinois (#36 to #46) … San Diego State (#28 to #37) … and USC (#33 to #41).

Again, scroll down for plenty of other info. about the CNR. …

CollegeSoccer 360 Women's Soccer DI  Composite National Rankings #10 (Oct. 23, 2014)
Rank. Team (CNR pts) … prev.

1. UCLA (99.25) … 1
2. Florida State (97.32) … 2
3. Stanford (96.39) … 4
4. Virginia (95.76) … 3
5. North Carolina (95.14) … 6
6. Penn State (93.50) … 8
7. Texas A&M (92.61) … 7
8. Florida (91.00) … 5
9. West Virginia (89.54) … 12
10. Notre Dame (88.36) … 11
11. Wisconsin (87.47) … 13
12. Virginia Tech (86.13) … 9
13. Pepperdine (84.65) … 10
14. Rutgers (82.02) … 14
15. UCF (81.83) … 15
16. South Carolina (81.66) … 25
17. Texas Tech (81.54) … 24
18. Clemson (77.86) … 19
19. DePaul (73.90) … 23
20. Washington (73.41) … 22
21. Georgia (72.63) … 20
22. California (72.08) … 17
23. Georgetown (71.06) … 21
24. Michigan (70.91) … 18
25. Washington St. (69.51) … 30
26. Kansas (66.68) … 16
27. BYU (65.50) … 31
28. Arizona State (64.86) … 26
29. Missouri (63.32) … 32
30. Santa Clara (59.12) … 29
31. Boston College (55.33) … 39
32. Kentucky (55.24) … 38
33. Utah (55.21) … 35
34. Colgate (54.93) … 40
35. FL Gulf Coast (54.32) … 43
36. Oklahoma State (53.41) … 42
37. San Diego St. (51.85) … 28
38. Auburn (50.02) … 45
39. Arizona (49.97) …. 34
40. Arkansas (49.92) … 37
41. USC (49.71) … 33
42. La Salle (49.69) … 48
43. Oklahoma (49.62) … 27
44. Iowa (49.42) … –
45. Maryland (47.48) … 41
46. Illinois (46.86) … 36
47. San Diego (46.24) –
48. Duke (45.74) … 46
49. Alabama (45.19) … –
50. Texas (44.21) … 47

Next Five – Michigan State, Minnesota, Memphis, Connecticut and Colorado

Dropped out of CNR top-50:
44. Mississippi 
49. Minnesota 
50. Colorado

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CS360 Composite Top-50 Update

(10/15/14) – Defending NCAA champion and season-long UCLA remains atop CollegeSoccer360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) for Division I women's soccer, after a thrilling 2-1 showdown victory over visiting Stanford (down from 3rd to 4th in the CNR). Virginia – despite the absent of national-team midfielder Morgan Brian – has climbed two spots to #3, on the heels of a pair of six-goal games vs. Boston College and N.C. State.

The composition of the CNR top-10 remains unchanged, with Florida dropping back a spot to 5th, North Carolina remaining #6, Texas A&M climbing two positions to #7, Penn State slipping back one spot to 8th and Virginia Tech (#8 to #9) and Virginia Tech (started #10) rounding out the top tier.

UCLA has been #1 in the CNR all season, while this is FSU's eighth week in the #2 spot (#5 for the final three weeks of Sept.). Stanford has been 4th or higher in each version of the CNR except the preseason (#7). Virginia has ranked anywhere from 2nd-5th all season in the CNR, while UNC started the season 4th and has not slipped lower than 9th. Penn State has been top-10 in the CNR all season, as has Virginia Tech (top-5 all season prior to early Oct.). Texas A&M's range has been between 6th-11th.

The CNR current top-10 includes four ACC teams (FSU–UVa–UNC–VT), annual Pac-12 powers UCLA and Stanford, a couple SEC teams (FL–A&M), Penn State out of the Big Ten and WCC upstart Pepperdine.

Rutgers has surged to 14th in the CNR, following its huge 1-0 win at Penn State.

(Scroll down for further breakdown of the current top-50, including a new addition with each team's week-by-week ranking.)

Here are links to the eight elements – seven core factors and one small bonus – that currently factor into the CNR formula:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 35 teams)
 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 25 teams)

Official NCAA RPI (RPI; top-60 teams)
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; top-60 teams)
• 
BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
plus small bonus for:
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls … ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten  |  SEC  B12  |  Mt. West  |  Big East  |  WCC  |  Summit  |  AAC  |  Patriot  |  MAC

There are 22 teams currently outside the CNR top-50, despite being in the top-50 earlier this season, while 35 teams have stayed within the top-50 all season: UCLA, Florida State, Virginia, Stanford, Florida, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Pepperdine, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Wisconsin, UCF, California, Michigan, Georgetown, Washington, DePaul, Texas Tech, South Carolina, Arizona State, Santa Clara, Washington State, BYU, Missouri, Utah, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky, Boston College, Maryland, Duke and Texas.

As a reminder, the CS360 Composite National Rankings are more than a simple average of polls/rankings/computerized lists (see full description at bottom of page), as in some cases both the team rankings and the voting points within a certain poll are factored into the formula – meaning that teams receiving nearly the same voting points receive similar credit in the CNR formula (even though their actual ranking in that specific poll is different) while in other cases there may be two teams separated by only one ranking spot in a poll but their actual voting points are beyond the standard deviation. Again, these factors are reflected in the CNR formula to give a more accurate depiction of each team relative to the others.

• NEW/RETURNING FACES Three teams have cracked this week's CNR top-50, two of them returning to the top-50 (#45 Auburn and #49 Minnesota) while (43) Florida Gulf Coast could be emerging as a surprise NCAA at-large candidate … Auburn is one of several NCAA bubble teams from the SEC, as is Tennessee (which has fallen out of the CNR top-50, along with #45 Harvard and #49 San Diego).

• MOVERS & SHAKERS In addition to the three newcomers, here are fxxx teams that made the biggest moves within the CNR from last week to this week:

– Washington (#34 to #22; was #37 two weeks ago) – Huskies had big pair of home wins vs. fellow NCAA hopefuls Arizona State (2-1) and Arizona (2-0)
San Diego State (#37 to #28; was #46 two weeks ago) – after beating top MWC contender Colorado College the previous week, SDSU rolled on the road at Nevada (5-1) and UNLV (3-0)
Clemson (#27 to #19) – the Tigers were an NCAA tournament mainstay from 1994-2007 but have endured a six-year drought, one that likely will end following 1-0 home wins over Duke and Syracuse
– 
Arizona (#41 to #34; was #45 two weeks ago) – despite splitting its pair of northwest road games (4-1 at Washington State, 0-2 at Washington, both joining Arizona as NCAA hopefuls), the Wildcats earned a big NCAA resume boost with the result at WSU
.… other two-week surges of note include
Rutgers (2-week climb from #26 to #14) and Michigan (from #28 to #18).

• SLIP-SLIDING Three teams dropped eight or more spots within the CNR top-50 … Texas Tech (which was 11th two weeks ago) tumbled from 15th to 24, after a 4-2 loss at West Virginia in a Big 12 showdown … two weeks ago, USC stood 17th in the CNR before dropping to 25th (1-0 home loss to Colorado) and now 33rd, after being swept by visiting Cal and Stanford (2-1 and 1-0) … another Pac-12 team, Washington State, has dropped from 20th to 30th in the CNR after managing only one point during the home weekend vs. Arizona (1-4) and ASU (0-0) … over the span of the past two weeks: Utah has slipped from 25th to 32nd and now 35th, Illinois has gone 23–30–36, and Duke has regressed 30–36–46.

• CONFERENCE PRIDE – The current CNR top-50 features the following conference breakdown:

• Pac-12 (10): 1–UCLA, 4–Stanford, 17–California, 22–Washington, 26–Arizona State, 30–Washington State, 33–USC,
 34–Arizona, 35–Utah and 50–Colorado
• 
SEC (9): 5–Florida, 7–Texas A&M, 20–Georgia, 25–South Carolina, 32–Missouri, 37–Arkansas, 38–Kentucky, 44–Mississippi & 45–Auburn
• ACC (8): 2–Florida State, 3–Virginia, 6–North Carolina, 9–Virginia Tech, 11–Notre Dame, 19–Clemson, 39–Boston College & 46–Duke  
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Big Ten (6): 8–Penn State, 13-Wisconsin, 18–Michigan, 36–Illinois, 41–Maryland & 49–Minnesota
• Big 12 (6): 12–West Virginia, 16–Kansas, 24–Texas Tech, 27–Oklahoma, 42–Oklahoma State & 47–Texas
• WCC (3): 10–Pepperdine, 29–BYU & 31–Santa Clara 
• 
American Athletic (2): 14–Rutgers & 15–UCF
• 
BIG EAST (2): 21–Georgetown & 23–DePaul
• 
One Each: Mountain West (28 –San Diego State) … Patriot (40–Colgate) … Atlantic Sun (43–Florida Gulf Coast) … Atlantic-10 (LaSalle)

** Expanded version of CNR included below, showing each team's week-by-week ranking within the top-50:

CollegeSoccer 360 Women's Soccer DI Composite National Rankings #9 (Oct. 15, 2014)
Rank. Team (CNR pts) … previous 2014 CNR rankings, in reverse order

1. UCLA (98.74) … 1-1-1–1–1–1–1–1 preseason
2. Florida State (97.44) … 2-2-5–5–5–2–2–2 preseason
3. Virginia (93.92) … 5-5-4–2–2–3–3–3 preseason
4. Stanford (96.46) … 3-3-2–3–4–4–4–7 preseason
5. Florida (94.31) … 4-4-7–6–6–7–6–6 preseason
6. North Carolina (93.53) … 6-6-6–7–7–9–7–4 preseason
7. Texas A&M (91.66) … 9-9-10–10–11–6–8–8 preseason
8. Penn State (92.93) … 7-7-8–9–9–8–10–10 preseason
9. Virginia Tech (92.30) … 8-8-3–4–3–5–5–5 preseason
10. Pepperdine (86.57) … 10-13-13–15–19–20–35–x preseason
11. Notre Dame (88.38) … 11-10-14–12–12–14–9–9 preseason
12. West Virginia (82.33) … 13-15-16–19–17–21–15–14 preseason
13. Wisconsin (86.74) … 12-12-12–13–10–19–24–27 preseason
14. Rutgers (69.49) … 16-26-26–43–43–x–x–x preseason
15. UCF (81.75) … 14-16-18–23–16–18–20–23 preseason
16. Kansas (75.66) … 17-18-21–22–25–29–x–x preseason
17. California (86.24) … 18-14-15–11–14–16–23–25 preseason
18. Michigan (66.49) … 23-28-27–16–29–28–13–20 preseason
19. Clemson (74.41) … 27-19-20–24–23–30–36–x preseason
20. Georgia (73.78) … 19-21-19–26–39–x–x–x preseason
21. Georgetown (70.28) … 22-24-25–28–24–12–19–21 preseason
22. Washington (50.48) … 34-37-39–45–42–32–30–48 preseason
23. DePaul (66.77) … 26-27-24–20–21–24–x–x preseason
24. Texas Tech (86.84) … 15-11-9–8–8–10–12–18 preseason
25. South Carolina (73.86) … 21-20-11–14–13–11–11–15 preseason
26. Arizona State (73.11) … 24-22-23–29–31–50–38–43 preseason
27. Oklahoma (54.23) … 29-35-36–25–27–47–x-x preseason
28. San Diego State … 37-46-46–33–x–x–50–45 preseason
29. Santa Clara (54.74) … 31-34-37–27–22–13–14–11 preseason
30. Washington State (63.49) … 20-29-28–32–37–39–32–30 preseason
31. BYU (56.29) … 33-32-35–46–49–25–27–22 preseason
32. Missouri (56.10) … 28-33-44–48–47–43–46–49 preseason
33. USC (77.95) … 25-17-22–17–15–26–x–50 preseason
34. Arizona (47.28) …. 41-45-45–38–46–x–45–46 preseason
35. Utah (69.73) … 32-25-33–40–38–41–40–37 preseason
36. Illinois (72.89) … 30-23-17–21–26–31–33–29 preseason
37. Arkansas (49.77) … 38-38-32–39–30–22–21–26 preseason
38. Kentucky (48.90) … 43-39-48–34–32–36–39–28 preseason
39. Boston College (58.60) … 35-30-31–18–18–23–18–12 preseason
40. Colgate (48.57) … 42-40-49–x–x–x–x–x preseason
41. Maryland (50.50) … 39-36-38–42–44–33–42–35 preseason
42. Oklahoma State … 46-x–x–x–x–x–x–36 preseason
43. Florida Gulf Coast (47.48) … x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x preseason
44. Mississippi … 47-x–40–41–33–34–29–31 preseason
45. Auburn (47.30) … x–42–37–35–x–x–x preseason
46. Duke (47.02) … 36-30–31–20–17–22–13 preseason
47. Texas (46.84) … 40-50–45–45–42–41–44 preseason
48. La Salle (45.50) … 48-x-x-x-x-x-x-x preseason
49. Minnesota (45.34) … x-x–x–x–x–48–x–x preseason
50. Colorado (44.68) … 50-x–x–x–x–x–31–32 preseason

These 22 teams have been in the CNR top-50 at some point in 2014 but not currently:
Harvard … x-45-40-x–x–x–x–x–x preseason
Tennessee … x-44-42-41–44–48–x–x–x preseason
San Diego … x-49-x–x–x–x–x–x-x preseason
Rice … x-x-43-x–x–x–x–x–x preseason
Miami (OH) … x-x-48-47–x–x–x–x–x preseason
Connecticut … x-x-49-34–36–x–x–x–x preseason
Eastern Michigan … x-x-50-x–x–x–x–x–x preseason
Iowa x-x-x–29–30–x–x–44–42 preseason
Portland x-x-x–43–35–28–15–16–16 preseason
Wake Forest x-x-x–x–47–x–45–17–17 preseason
Long Beach State x-x-x–x–49–34–37–x–x preseason
Baylor x-x-x–x–50–x–49–37–39 preseason
Boston Univ. x-x-x–x–49–41–38–34–47 preseason
Michigan State x-x-x–x–x–36–35–48–x preseason
Nebraska x-x-x–x–x–40–27–25–24 preseason
James Madison x-x-x–x–x–50–40–x–x preseason
Ohio State x-x-x–x–x–x–44–28–38 preseason
Marquette x-x-x–x–x–x–46–26–19 preseason
Colorado College x-x-x–x–x–x–x–43–41 preseason
Denver x-x-x–x–x–x–x–47–34 preseason
Louisville x-x-x–x–x–x–x–49–33 preseason
LSU x-x-x–x–x–x–x–x–40 preseason

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-13 seasons. Other ingredients – NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

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 consists of an average of multiple 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 then 40 typically is added to yield the score on the handy 100-point scale (at the beginning and end of seasons, the number added often is a bit less, such as 38, to allow for bonus points to be factored into the formula).

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).

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Quick Look – CS360 Composite Top-50 Update

(10/8/14) – The update of College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings after week-7 of the DI women's soccer season can be found in the lefthand sidebar on this page.

The five new/returning teams in the top-50 (spots 46-50) are: Oklahoma State, Mississippi, La Salle, San Diego and Colorado (replacing Rice, Auburn, Miami Ohio, UConn and Eastern Michigan).

Full release updated data to be added later.

Scroll down for the previous CNR top-50 updates, including extensive midseason update from Oct. 2 (with bonus content).

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MIDSEASON COMPOSITE NATIONAL RANKINGS
– Top-50 Checkup 
(be sure to scroll down for bonus content)

(10/2/14) – Defending NCAA champion UCLA remains atop CollegeSoccer360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) for Division I women's soccer, while Florida State has vaulted from No. 5 to No. 2 following its 1-0 showdown win over Virginia (which dropped from 4th to 5th). Stanford slipped back a stop to No. 3 and Florida climbed from 7th to a season-high 4th (first time in top-5), following a pair of quality wins over fellow top-50 teams Georgia and Missouri.

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Karin Simonian and Notre Dame turned in a key roadtrip, with wins at Virginia Tech (2-0) and Wake Forest (1-0).


North Carolina held steady at No. 6, Penn State moved up a spot to a season-high No. 7 and previously Virginia Tech fell from 3rd to 8th, after a 2-0 home loss to Notre Dame (up from 14th to 10th; ND also won 1-0 at Wake Forest). Texas A&M, up a spot from 10th to 9th, rounds out the current top-10.

After four straight weeks in the top-10, Texas Tech has slipped to 11th on the heels of suffering its first loss of the season (1-0 at Texas, in OT).

UCLA has been #1 in the CNR all season, while this is FSU's seventh week in the #2 spot (#5 the previous three weeks). Stanford has been 4th or higher in each version of the CNR except the preseason (#7). Virginia has ranked anywhere from 2nd-5th all season in the CNR, while UNC started the season 4th and has not slipped lower than 9th. Penn State has been top-10 in the CNR all season, as has Virginia Tech (top-5 all season prior to this week). Texas A&M's range has been between 6th-11th, ND's from 9th-14th.

The CNR current top-10 includes five ACC teams (FSU–UVa–UNC–VT–ND), annual Pac-12 powers UCLA and Stanford, a couple SEC teams (FL–A&M) and Penn State out of the Big Ten.

(Scroll down for further breakdown of the current top-50, including a new addition with each team's week-by-week ranking.)

Here are links to the eight elements – seven core factors and one small bonus – that currently factor into the CNR formula:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 34 teams)
 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 25 teams)
Official NCAA RPI (RPI; top-60 teams)
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; top-60 teams)
• 
BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
plus small bonus for:
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls … ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten  |  SEC  B12  |  Mt. West  |  Big East  |  WCC  |  Summit  |  AAC  |  Patriot  |  MAC

As a reminder, the CS360 Composite National Rankings are more than a simple average of polls/rankings/computerized lists (see full description at bottom of page), as in some cases both the team rankings and the voting points within a certain poll are factored into the formula – meaning that teams receiving nearly the same voting points receive similar credit in the CNR formula (even though their actual ranking in that specific poll is different) while in other cases there may be two teams separated by only one ranking spot in a poll but their actual voting points are beyond the standard deviation. Again, these factors are reflected in the CNR formula to give a more accurate depiction of each team relative to the others.

• NEW FACES Three teams from non-power conferences have joined the CS360 top-50 and will be hoping to build their NCAA resumes over the final half of the season: (40) Harvard, (43) Rice and (49) Eastern Michigan … Harvard opened this week with a 0-0 home result vs. UMass (rip 244), a potentially costly result that is not reflected in the current CNR … EMU joins (48) Miami (Ohio) far a rarity of having two Mid-American Conference teams in the CS360 top-50 at the same time (MAC preseason favorite Western Michigan gives the conference three teams with potential NCAA at-large resumes) … Rice, picked to finish third in Conference USA, still has key league games remaining vs. Charlotte and North Texas.

• MOVERS & SHAKERS In addition to the three newcomers, here are four teams that made the biggest moves within the CNR from last week to this week:

Missouri (#44 to #33), thanks to a 1-0 win at South Carolina and a respectable loss at Florida.
Utah (#33 to #25), boosted by 1-1 result vs. visiting Stanford (Utes first team to score vs. Cardinal in 2014).
Kentucky (#48 to #39), 2-0 week included 2-1 win vs. fellow top-50 squad Auburn
Colgate (#49 to #40), picked to finish third in the Patriot League, the Raiders sport a #34 NCAA RPi and have noteworthy wins already vs. Syracuse and Harvard (Colgate could move up even higher in the CNR, after a 5-0 rout of Army on Oct., with a key game looming on Oct. 4 vs. Navy, the league's preseason #2 team) 

• SLIP-SLIDING – Connecticut, for years an NCAA tournament mainstay but not so much over the past five seasons or so, dropped all the way from #34 to  #49 in the CNR (after needing OT to win at ECU, then losing badly, 3-0, at Cincinnati) … South Carolina slipped back from 11th to 20th, due to its home losses vs. Missouri and Georgia … the three teams that fell out of the CS360 top-50: (29) Iowa, (40) Mississippi and (43) Portland (the Rebels and Pilots had been among the top-50 all season).

• CONFERENCE PRIDE – The current CNR top-50 features the following conference breakdown:

• Pac-12 (9): 1–UCLA, 3–Stanford, 14–California, 17–USC, 22–Arizona State, 25–Utah, 29–Washington State, 37–Washington & 45–Arizona
• 
SEC (9): 4–Florida, 9–Texas A&M, 20–South Carolina, 21–Georgia, 33–Missouri, 38–Arkansas, 39–Kentucky, 42–Tennessee  & 47–Auburn
• ACC (8): 2–Florida State, 5–Virginia, 6–North Carolina, 8–Virginia Tech, 10–Notre Dame, 19–Clemson, 30–Boston College, 31–Duke
• 
Big Ten (5): 7–Penn State, 12-Wisconsin, 23–Illinois, 28–Michigan & 36–Maryland
• Big 12 (5): 11–Texas Tech, 15–West Virginia, 18–Kansas, 35–Oklahoma & 44–Texas
• WCC (3): 13–Pepperdine, 32–BYU & 34–Santa Clara 
• 
American Athletic (3): 16–UCF, 26–Rutgers & 49–Connecticut
• 
BIG EAST (2): 24–Georgetown & 27–DePaul
• 
Mid-American (2): 48–Miami (Ohio) & 50–Eastern Michigan
• 
One Each: Ivy League (40–Harvard) … Patriot (40–Colgate) … Conference USA (43–Rice) … Mountain West (46–San Diego State)

• Below Expectations 15 different teams that were in the 2014 preseason CNR top-50 currently sit outside the top-50), due to a variety of reasons (rash of injuries; strong non-conference schedule; or even the fact that several preseason polls don't properly rate teams and give too much weight to 2013 finish) … here are the 15 preseason top-50 currently outside the top-50 (only three from the preseason top-20):

Portland (preseason #16) … key results: 0-3 vs. Wisconsin (at Washington), 1-2 vs. San Diego State, 0-0 at Oregon State
… 1-1 at Seattle, 2-3 vs. Washington
Wake Forest (17)
 … key results: 1-2 vs. James Madison, 2-0 vs. Georgetown (at VT), 1-1 at Long Beach St.ate
Marquette (19)
 … key results: 0-1 vs. Northwestern, 0-1 at Minnesota, 2-3 vs. Nebraska, 0-0 at Colorado College … 4-5 vs. Milwaukee, 1-0 vs. Kansas
Nebraska (29)
 … key results: 3-2 at Marquette, 1-2 vs. Oklahoma, 1-1 vs. Northwestern, 1-1 vs. Rutgers, 4-3 vs. Maryland
Mississippi (31)
 … key results: 1-1 vs. Georgia, 0-1 at Louisville, 1-1 vs. Memphis, 1-1 vs. Arkansas
Colorado (32)
 … key results: 0-1 vs. Kent State (at UNLV), 1-2 vs. Kansas (2 OT), 2-1 vs. Denver
Louisville (33)
 … key results: 0-2 at Illinois, 1-0 vs. Ole Miss, 0-2 vs. Kentucky, 1-2 vs. Miami OH, 0-2 at Morehead St, 1-1 at Miami
Denver (34)
 … key results: 1-1 at Nevada, 2-3 at Colorado College, 1-2 at Long Bach State, 0-2 at Kansas, 1-2 at Colorado
Oklahoma State (36)
 … key results: 0-2 at Oklahoma, 1-2 at Arkansas, 0-2 at Arizona State, 1-3 vs. Arizona (at ASU)
Ohio State (38)
 … key results: 1-0 vs. Duke (at UNC), 0-1 at Toledo, 1-3 at Purdue
Baylor (39)
 … key results: 2-1 at BYU, 1-2 at Illinois State (OT), 0-0 vs. Oral Roberts, 0-1 vs. Kansas
LSU (40)
 … key results: 0-1 vs. Rice, 0-2 at TCU, 0-0 vs. Stephen F. Austin, 1-2 at Marquette
Colorado College (41)
 … key results: 2-3 at No. Colo., 3-2 vs Denver, 0-0 at Colgate, 0-0 vs Marquette, 0-4 at BYU, 1-1 vs Utah St
Iowa (42)
 … key results: 1-2 at Iowa State, 2-0 vs. Illinois, 0-1 vs. Maryland, 0-1 vs. Rutgers
Boston Univ. (47)
 … key results: 2-1 vs. Boston College, 0-1 vs. San Francisco, 1-1 vs. Akron, 0-1 vs. Northeastern, 1-1 vs. Army

note: six other preseason top-50 teams currently sit 10 spots or more lower but still within the top-50:

Santa Clara (preseason #11 , now #34) … key results: 1-2 vs. California (OT), 0-2 at Notre Dame, 0-1 at Cal
Boston College (from #12 to #30)
 … key results: 1-2 at Boston Univ., 2-3 vs. South Florida, 0-1 vs. Clemson
Duke (from #13 to #31)
 … key results: 0-1 vs. Ohio State (at UNC), 2-0 at West Virginia, 3-0 vs. Arkansas, 3-4 vs. Penn State … 1-2 vs. Hofstra (at UVa), 0-2 at Virginia Tech
Arkansas (from #26 to #38)
 … key results: 2-1 vs. Oklahoma State, 0-0 at Texas, 3-0 at Duke, 0-0 vs. Rice, 2-1 vs. Kentucky … 1-1 at  Ole Miss
Kentucky (from #28 to #40)
 … key results: 1-4 at Washington, 2-0 at Louisville, 2-3 vs. Pepperdine (OT), 1-2 at Arkansas (2 OT)
BYU (from #22 to #32)
 … key results: 1-1 at Cal State Fullerton, 0-0 vs. Washington State, 1-0 at Tennessee, 1-2 vs. Baylor …  0-1 at Utah, 2-0 vs. Long Beach State, 4-1 at Denver

… the 21 total teams listed above include four each from the ACC and SEC, three WCC, three Big Ten, two Big 12, and one each from the BIG EAST, Pac-12, Summit League, Mountain West and Patriot League.

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Pepperdine – led by senior scoring sensation Lynn Williams (right) – has been possibly the biggest success story so far in 2014, after opening the season outside the CS360 top-50 before fashioning an impressive series of pre-conference results.

• Rising On Up 
Conversely, 15 teams currently find themselves in the CS360 top-50 despite not being part of the preseason top-50):

(13) Pepperdine … key results: 1-0 vs. Maryland, 1-0 vs. North Carolina, 0-0 vs. Washington St., 3-2 at Kentucky, 2-1 at USC
(18) Kansas … key results: 4-1 vs. Wake Forest, 2-1 at Colorado, 2-0 at Denver, 1-0 at Baylor
(19) Clemson … key results: 2-1 vs. Auburn, 1-0 at South Carolina, 1-0 at Boston College
(21)
Georgia … key results: 1-1 at Ole Miss, 1-0 vs. UCF, 1-0 at South Carolina
(26)
Rutgers … key results: 1-0 vs. Michigan State, 1-0 vs. Michigan, 1-1 at Nebraska, 1-0 at Iowa
(27)
DePaul … key results: 2-1 at Nebraska, 3-1 vs. Illinois State, 3-3 vs. Georgetown
(35)
Oklahoma … key results: 2-0 vs. Oklahoma State, 1-1 vs. Utah, 2-1 vs. Florida, 2-1 at Nebraska
(40) 
Colgate … key results: 0-0 vs. Colorado College, 1-0 at Harvard
(40)
Harvard … key results: none (in terms of wins or positive ties)
(42)
Tennessee … key results:  none (in terms of wins or positive ties)
(43)
Rice … key result: 0-0 at Arkansas
(47)
Auburn … key result: 3-1 vs. Minnesota
(48)
Miami Ohio … key result: 3-2 vs. Illinois State
(49) 
Connecticut … key results: 1-0 vs. Hofstra, 2-1 vs. Navy
(50)
Eastern Michigan … key results: 1-1 vs. Oregon, 2-0 at Miami Ohio

… And six additional teams made big moves from within the preseason CNR top-50 to current standing:
USC (preseason #50 to #17)
 … key results: 1-0 vs. Long Beach State (at USD), 2-1 at Notre Dame, 3-0 at Arizona
Arizona State (#43 to #21)
 … key results: 2-2 vs. Texas (at Hawaii), 2-0 vs. Oklahoma State, 2-1 vs. Texas A&M, 1-1 vs. UCLA
Utah (#37 to #25)
 … key results: 1-1 at Oklahoma, 1-0 vs. BYU, 1-1 vs. Stanford
Missouri (#49 to #33)
 … key result: 1-0 at South Carolina
Wisconsin (#27 to #12)
 … key results: 1-0 vs. Oregon, 2-1 vs. Tennessee (OT), 4-0 at Washington, 3-0 vs. Portland (at Wash.),
2-1 at Michigan State, 3-0 vs. Nebraska
California (#25 to #14)
 … key results: 2-1 at Santa Clara (OT), 1-0 vs. Santa Clara, 4-2 at Colorado
– The 21 total teams listed above include four Pac-12, four SEC, two Big 12, two AAC, two BIG EAST, two MAC, and one each from the WCC, ACC, Ivy League, Patriot League and Big Ten.

One final note, here is how the various conferences compare in a plus-minus ratio from the two lists of 21 teams above (i.e. apparent overachievers minus underachievers):

+3 ... Pac-12  (reinforcing the strong non-conf. showing by Pac-12 as a whole)
+2 … MAC
+1 ... BIG EAST
even ... SEC, Big 12, Patriot, Ivy

-1 ... Summit, Mt. West
-2 ... ACC, WCC, Big Ten

** New expanded version of CNR included below, showing each team's week-by-week ranking within the top-50

CollegeSoccer 360 Women's Soccer DI Composite National Rankings #7 (Oct. 2, 2014)
Rank. Team (CNR pts) … previous 2014 CNR rankings, in reverse order)

1. UCLA (98.74) … 1–1–1–1–1–1 preseason
2. Florida State (97.44) … 5–5–5–2–2–2 preseason
3. Stanford (96.46) … 2–3–4–4–4–7
 preseason
4. Florida (94.31) … 7–6–6–7–6–6 preseason
5. Virginia (93.92) … 4–2–2–3–3–3 preseason
6. North Carolina (93.53) … 6–7–7–9–7–4 preseason

7. Penn State (92.93) … 8–9–9–8–10–10 preseason
8. Virginia Tech (92.30) … 3–4–3–5–5–5 preseason
9. Texas A&M (91.66) … 10–10–11–6–8–8 preseason
10. Notre Dame (88.38) … 14–12–12–14–9–9 preseason
11. Texas Tech (86.84) … 9–8–8–10–12–18 preseason
12. Wisconsin (86.74) … 12–13–10–19–24–27 preseason
13. Pepperdine (86.57) … 13–15–19–20–35–x preseason
14. California (86.24) … 15–11–14–16–23–25 preseason
15. West Virginia (82.33) … 16–19–17–21–15–14 preseason
16. UCF (81.75) … 18–23–16–18–20–23 preseason
17. USC (77.95) … 22–17–15–26–x–50 preseason
18. Kansas (75.66) … 21–22–25–29–x–x preseason
19. Clemson (74.41) … 20–24–23–30–36–x preseason
20. South Carolina (73.86) … 11–14–13–11–11–15 preseason
21. Georgia (73.78) … 19–26–39–x–x–x preseason
22. Arizona State (73.11) … 23–29–31–50–38–43 preseason
23. Illinois (72.89) … 17–21–26–31–33–29 preseason
24. Georgetown (70.28) … 25–28–24–12–19–21 preseason
25. Utah (69.73) … 33–40–38–41–40–37 preseason
26. Rutgers (69.49) … 26–43–43–x–x–x preseason
27. DePaul (66.77) … 24–20–21–24–x–x preseason
28. Michigan (66.49) … 27–16–29–28–13–20 preseason
29. Washington State (63.49) … 28–32–37–39–32–30 preseason
30. Boston College (58.60) … 31–18–18–23–18–12 preseason
31. Duke (56.61) … 30–31–20–17–22–13 preseason
32. BYU (56.29) … 35–46–49–25–27–22 preseason
33. Missouri (56.10) … 44–48–47–43–46–49 preseason
34. Santa Clara (54.74) … 37–27–22–13–14–11 preseason
35. Oklahoma (54.23) … 36–25–27–47–x preseason
36. Maryland (50.50) … 38–42–44–33–42–35 preseason
37. Washington (50.48) … 39–45–42–32–30–48 preseason
38. Arkansas (49.77) … 32–39–30–22–21–26 preseason
39. Kentucky (48.90) … 48–34–32–36–39–28 preseason
40. Colgate (48.57) … 49–x–x–x–x–x preseason
40. Harvard (48.57) … x–x–x–x–x–x preseason
42. Tennessee (48.42) … 41–44–48–x–x–x preseason
43. Rice (47.73) … x–x–x–x–x–x preseason
44. Texas (47.67) … 50–45–45–42–41–44 preseason
45. Arizona (47.28) …. 45–38–46–x–45–46 preseason
46. San Diego State (46.19) … 46–33–x–x–50–45 preseason
47. Auburn (45.65) … 42–37–35–x–x–x preseason
48. Miami (OH) (45.55) … 47–x–x–x–x–x preseason
49. Connecticut (45.14) … 34–36–x–x–x–x preseason
50. Eastern Michigan (44.50) … x–x–x–x–x–x preseason

These 19 teams have been in the CNR top-50 at some point in 2014 but not currently:
Iowa x–29–30–x–x–44–42 preseason
Mississippi x–40–41–33–34–29–31 preseason

Portland x–43–35–28–15–16–16 preseason
Wake Forest x–x–47–x–45–17–17 preseason
Long Beach State x–x–49–34–37–x–x preseason
Baylor x–x–50–x–49–37–39 preseason
Michigan State x–x–x–36–35–48–x preseason
Nebraska x–x–x–40–27–25–24 preseason
Boston Univ. x–x–49–41–38–34–47 preseason
James Madison x–x–x–50–40–x–x preseason
Ohio State x–x–x–x–44–28–38 preseason
Marquette x–x–x–x–46–26–19 preseason
Minnesota x–x–x–x–48–x–x preseason
Colorado x–x–x–x–x–31–32 preseason
Colorado College x–x–x–x–x–43–41 preseason
Denver x–x–x–x–x–47–34 preseason
Louisville x–x–x–x–x–49–33 preseason
Oklahoma State x–x–x–x–x–x–36 preseason
LSU x–x–x–x–x–x–40 preseason

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-13 seasons. Other ingredients – NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

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 consists of an average of multiple 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 then 40 typically is added to yield the score on the handy 100-point scale (at the beginning and end of seasons, the number added often is a bit less, such as 38, to allow for bonus points to be factored into the formula).

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).

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CollegeSoccer 360 Women's Soccer
DI Composite 
National Rankings #6 (Sept. 25, 2014)
Rank. Team (CNR pts) … prev.

1. UCLA (98.94) … 1
2. Stanford (96.92) … 3
3. Virginia Tech (96.46) … 4
4. Virginia (95.30) … 2

5. Florida State (94.03) … 5
6. North Carolina (93.03) … 7
7. Florida (91.91) … 6
8. Penn State (91.08) … 9
9. Texas Tech (90.69) … 8
10. Texas A&M (89.99) … 10
11. South Carolina (87.10) … 14
12. Wisconsin (86.49) … 13
13. Pepperdine (86.03) … 15
14. Notre Dame (84.32) … 12
15. California (84.10) … 11
16. West Virginia (82.06) … 19
17. Illinois (78.51) … 21
18. UCF (75.10) … 23
19. Georgia (73.24) … 26
20. Clemson (70.56) … 24
21. Kansas (70.41) … 22
22. USC (70.22) … 17
23. Arizona State (70.11) … 29
24. DePaul (66.84) … 20
25. Georgetown (66.61) … 28
26. Rutgers (66.10) … 43
27. Michigan (65.35) … 16
28. Washington St. (62.62) … 32
29. Iowa (62.05) … 30
30. Duke (61.32) … 31
31. Boston College (60.53) … 18
32. Arkansas (59.63) … 39
33. Utah (58.79) … 40
34. Connecticut (54.84) … 36
35. BYU (54.07) … 46
36. Oklahoma (53.85) … 25
37. Santa Clara (52.64) … 27
38. Maryland (52.17) … 42
39. Washington (51.96) … 45
40. Mississippi (51.77) … 41
41. Tennessee (51.72) … 44
42. Auburn (50.69) … 37
43. Portland (50.54) … 35
44. Missouri (50.14) … 48
45. Arizona (50.04) …. 38
46. San Diego State (47.60) … 33
47. Miami (OH) (47.55) … –
48. Kentucky (47.16) … 34
49. Colgate (46.10) … –
50. Texas (45.99) … –

Next Five – South Florida, Long Beach State, LaSalle, Rice and Wake Forest

Dropped out of CNR top-50:
47. Wake Forest 
49. Long Beach State
50. Baylor

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CollegeSoccer 360 Women's Soccer
DI Composite 
National Rankings #5 (Sept. 18, 2014)
Rank. Team (CNR pts) … prev.

1. UCLA (99.99) … 1
2. Virginia (98.22) … 2
3. Stanford (97.17) … 4
4. Virginia Tech (97.05) … 3
5. Florida State (95.86) … 5
6. Florida (94.59) … 6
7. North Carolina (92.52) … 7
8. Texas Tech (91.98) … 8
9. Penn State (91.11) … 9
10. Texas A&M (89.09) … 11
11. California (87.31) … 14
12. Notre Dame (87.01) … 12
13. Wisconsin (86.46) … 10
14. South Carolina (86.07) … 13
15. Pepperdine (84.71) … 19
16. Michigan (78.03) … 29
17. USC (76.93) … 14
18. Boston College (75.41) … 18
19. West Virginia (73.32) … 17
20. DePaul (71.76) … 21
21. Illinois (71.49) … 26
22. Kansas (71.10) … 25
23. UCF (70.21) … 16
24. Clemson (69.16) … 23
25. Oklahoma (68.68) … 27
26. Georgia (68.51) … 39
27. Santa Clara (67.37) … 22
28. Georgetown (68.48) … 24
29. Arizona State (63.53) … 31
30. Iowa (63.48) … –
31. Duke (60.98) … 20
32. Washington St. (55.90) … 37
33. San Diego State (55.12) … –
34. Kentucky (54.79) … 32
35. Portland (54.07) … 28
36. Connecticut (53.91) … –
37. Auburn (53.01) … 35
38. Arizona (52.78) …. 46
39. Arkansas (52.68) … 30
40. Utah (52.37) … 38
41. Mississippi (51.94) … 33
42. Maryland (51.69) … 44
43. Rutgers (49.24) … 43
44. Tennessee (47.72) … 48
45. Washington (47.27) … 42
46. BYU (47.00) … 49
47. Wake Forest (45.58) … –
48. Missouri (45.54) … 47
49. Long Beach St. (45.38) … 34
50. Baylor (44.34) … –

Next Five – Michigan St., Ohio St., Minnesota, Nebraska & Texas

Dropped out of CNR top-50:
36. Michigan State 
40. Nebraska 
41. Boston Univ. 
45. Texas 
50. James Madison 

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CollegeSoccer 360 Women's Soccer 
DI Composite 
National Rankings #4 (Sept. 11, 2014)
Rank. Team (pts) ... previous

1. UCLA (99.99) … 1
2. Virginia (98.65) … 3
3. Virginia Tech (97.04) … 5
4. Stanford (96.77) … 4
5. Florida State (95.72) … 2
6. Florida (95.20) … 7
7. North Carolina (91.19) … 9
8. Texas Tech (91.06) … 10
9. Penn State (90.13) … 8
10. Wisconsin (89.09) … 19
11. Texas A&M (88.11) … 6
12. Notre Dame (87.19) … 14
13. South Carolina (82.38) … 11
14. California (80.67) … 16
15. USC (77.61) … 26
16. UCF (74.68) … 18
17. West Virginia (73.58) … 21
18. Boston College (73.56) … 23
19. Pepperdine (73.46) … 20
20. Duke (71.19) … 17
21. DePaul (70.64) … 24
22. Santa Clara (70.39) … 13
23. Clemson (69.31) … 30
24. Georgetown (68.88) … 12
25. Kansas (68.20) … 29
26. Illinois (66.99) … 31
27. Oklahoma (66.46) … 47
28. Portland (66.14) … 15
29. Michigan (66.07) … 28
30. Arkansas (64.56) … 22
31. Arizona State (62.03) … 50
32. Kentucky (60.58) … 36
33. Mississippi (60.27) … 34
34. Long Beach State (58.89) … 37
35. Auburn (58.15) … –
36. Michigan State (56.97) … 35
37. Washington St. (56.67) … 39
38. Utah (56.24) … 41
39. Georgia (54.91) … –
40. Nebraska (51.81) … 27
41. Boston Univ. (51.49) … 38
42. Washington (50.80) … 32
43. Rutgers (50.47) … –
44. Maryland (49.36) … 33
45. Texas (48.23) … 42
46. Arizona (47.95) …. –
47. Missouri (47.78) … 43
48. Tennessee (47.39) … –
49. BYU (47.17) … 25
50. James Madison (45.85) … 40

Next Five – Iowa, Baylor, Ohio State, Wake Forest & UConn

Dropped out of CNR top-50:
44. Ohio State 
45. Wake Forest 
46. Marquette
48. Minnesota
49. Baylor

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CollegeSoccer 360 Women's Soccer DI Composite National Rankings #3 (Sept. 4, 2014)
Rank. Team (pts) .. previous

1. UCLA (99.97) … 1
2. Florida State (98.46) … 2
3. Virginia (97.84) … 3
4. Stanford (96.78) … 4
5. Virginia Tech (95.48) … 5
6. Texas A&M (94.44) … 8
7. Florida (91.74) … 6
8. Penn State (91.11) … 10
9. North Carolina (90.18) … 7
10. Texas Tech (90.13) … 12
11. South Carolina (88.60) … 11
12. Georgetown (86.27) … 19
13. Santa Clara (83.55) … 14
14. Notre Dame (82.32) … 9
15. Portland (81.01) … 16
16. California (79.34) … 23
17. Duke (78.07) … 22
18. UCF (78.06) … 20
19. Wisconsin (75.28) … 24
20. Pepperdine (74.12) … 35
21. West Virginia (70.91) … 15
22. Arkansas (70.90) … 21
23. Boston College (70.62) … 18
24. DePaul (69.55) … –
25. BYU (69.28) … 27
26. USC (67.16) … –
27. Nebraska (65.31) … 25
28. Michigan (64.63) … 13
29. Kansas (59.50) … –
30. Clemson (58.85) … 36
31. Illinois (55.58) … 33
32. Washington (55.43) … 30
33. Maryland (54.63) … 42
34. Mississippi (53.43) … 29
35. Michigan State (53.23) … 48
36. Kentucky (52.96) … 39
37. Long Beach St. (52.88) … –
38. Boston Univ. (52.54) … 34
39. Washington St. (52.43) … 32
40. James Madison (52.13) … –
41. Utah (50.85) … 40
42. Texas (50.75) … 41
43. Missouri (50.14) … 46
44. Ohio State (49.62) … 28
45. Wake Forest (49.54) … 17
46. Marquette (49.17) … 26
47. Oklahoma (49.05) … –
48. Minnesota (48.79) … –
49. Baylor (47.85) … 37
50. Arizona State (46.77) … 38

Next Five – Iowa, Georgia, Auburn, Rutgers, Tennessee

Dropped out of CNR top-50:
31. Colorado 
43. Colorado College  
44. Iowa  
45. Arizona 
47. Denver 
49. Louisville 
50. San Diego State 

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Quick Look – CS360 Composite Top-50 Update

(8/29/14) – The update of College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings after week-1 of the DI women's soccer season can be found below.

Full release update data to be added later.

Scroll down for the preseason CNR top-50, including info. on the formula criteria and a complete breakdown of the top-50. … 

CollegeSoccer 360 Women's Soccer
DI Composite 
National Rankings #2 (Aug. 29, 2014)
Rank. Team (pts) .. previous

1. UCLA (99.98) … 1
2. Florida State (98.64) … 2
3. Virginia (97.86) … 3
4. Stanford (96.24) … 7
5. Virginia Tech (95.09) … 5
6. Florida (94.59) … 6
7. North Carolina (92.61) … 4
8. Texas A&M (92.00) … 8
9. Notre Dame (91.32) … 9
10. Penn State (90.07) … 10
11. South Carolina (86.55) … 15
12. Texas Tech (86.47) … 18
13. Michigan (86.40) … 20
14. Santa Clara (84.53) … 11
15. West Virginia (83.81) … 14
16. Portland (83.64) … 16
17. Wake Forest (82.00) … 17
18. Boston College (81.54) … 12
19. Georgetown (81.28) … 21
20. UCF (78.22) … 23
21. Arkansas (76.93) … 26
22. Duke (75.78) … 13
23. California (75.55) … 25
24. Wisconsin (74.14) … 27
25. Nebraska (72.63) … 24
26. Marquette (70.37) … 19
27. BYU (68.38) … 22
28. Ohio State (70.37) … 38
29. Mississippi (66.38) … 31
30. Washington (65.10) … 48
31. Colorado (64.11) … 32
32. Washington St. (62.93) … 30
33. Illinois (62.75) … 29
34. Boston Univ. (62.68) … 47
35. Pepperdine (62.61) … –
36. Clemson (62.60) … –
37. Baylor (61.57) … 39
38. Arizona State (61.27) … 43
39. Kentucky (60.96) … 28
40. Utah (60.85) … 37
41. Texas (57.39) … 44
42. Maryland (56.53) … 35
43. Colo. College (55.59) … 41
44. Iowa (55.34) … 42
45. Arizona (54.78) … 46
46. Missouri (54.70) … 49
47. Denver (55.67) … 34
48. Michigan State (53.56) … –
49. Louisville (50.87) … 33
50. San Diego State (50.17) … 45

Next Five – USC, Georgia, Tennessee, Rutgers & UConn

Dropped out of CNR top-50:
36. Oklahoma State
40. LSU
50. USC

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CNR ARCHIVE: 2013  |  2012  |  2011  |  2010  |  2008-09 

FAMILIAR FACES THROUGHOUT CNR PRESEASON TOP-10

(8/22/14) – CollegeSoccer360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) have returned for the seventh season in 2014, with defending NCAA champion UCLA checking in at the top spot, very near the maximum on the 100-point scale (99.67) – nearly identical to North Carolina's point total in the 2013 preseason CNR (after UNC had won the 2012 title). 

Florida State (98.88), the 2013 NCAA runner-up, narrowly holds the No. 2 spot ahead of Virginia (98.51), which was edged by UCLA in penalty kicks during the 2013 NCAA semifinals. All of the CNR positions from 2-5 feature Atlantic Coast Conference teams, as North Carolina is fourth followed by surging Virginia Tech (which rounded out the 2013 NCAA semifinal group).

The top-7 teams in the final 2013 CNR (late Oct., prior to postseason play) comprise the top-7 in the 2014 preseason CNR, as Florida is No. 6 and Stanford in the seventh spot. The final 2013 CNR, prior to the postseason, featured the following 1-7: UVa–UCLA–UNC–FSU–VT–STAN–FL.

These three teams complete the CNR preseason top-10 (8-10): Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Penn State. Half of the top-10 are ACC teams, plus two each from the Pac-12 and SEC (and the Big Ten's PSU).

(Scroll down for further breakdown of the current top-50.)

Here are links to the seven elements – six core factors and one small bonus – that were used for the CNR 2014 preseason formula:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 35 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 25 teams)
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; preseason projected top-60 teams)
• 
BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
plus small bonus for:
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls … ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten  |  SEC  B12  |  Mt. West  |  Big East  |  WCC  |  Summit  |  AAC  |  Patriot
(note that there was no Soccer Times coaches poll available to be included in the preseason CNR this season)


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As a reminder, the CS360 Composite National Rankings are more than a simple average of polls/rankings/computerized lists (see full description at bottom of page), as in some cases both the team rankings and the voting points within a certain poll are factored into the formula – meaning that teams receiving nearly the same voting points receive similar credit in the CNR formula (even though their actual ranking in that specific poll is different) while in other cases there may be two teams separated by only one ranking spot in a poll but their actual voting points are beyond the standard deviation. Again, these factors are reflected in the CNR formula to give a more accurate depiction of each team relative to the others.

For this 2014 preseason CNR, the sixcore elements are averaged (on an initial max. scale of 60) and the final 100-point scale is completed by adding 39 and then including one bonus factor (max. 1.0) based on predicted conference finish (which could lead to an automatic bid in the NCAAs). 

The 2014 preseason CNR top-50 features the following breakdown:

• Pac-12 (10): 1–UCLA, 7–Stanford, 25–California, 30–Washington State, 32–Colorado, 37–Utah, 43–Arizona State, 46–Arizona, 48–Washington & 50–USC
• ACC (9): 2–Florida State, 3–Virginia, 4–North Carolina, 5–Virginia Tech, 9–Notre Dame, 12–Boston College, 13–Duke,
17–Wake Forest & 33–Louisville
• SEC (8): 6–Florida, 8–Texas A&M, 15–South Carolina, 26–Arkansas, 28–Kentucky, 31–Mississippi, 40–LSU & 49–Missouri
• Big Ten (8): 10–Penn State, 20–Michigan, 24–Nebraska, 27–Wisconsin, 29–Illinois, 35–Maryland, 38–Ohio State & 42–Iowa
• Big 12 (5): 14–West Virginia, 18–Texas Tech, 36–Oklahoma State, 39–Baylor & 44–Texas
• WCC (3): 11–Santa Clara, 16–Portland & 22–BYU 
• BIG EAST (2): 19–Marquette & 21–Georgetown
• 
Mountain West (2): 41–Colorado College & 45–San Diego State
• 
One Each: American Athletic (23–UCF) … Summit (34–Denver) … Patriot (47–Boston Univ.)

(… In the 2013 preseason CNR, the conference breakdown for the top-50 includes 10 from the ACC, nine Pac-12, eight SEC, six Big Ten, four WCC, four Big 12, three BIG EAST, two Big West and one each from the Mt. West, Summit, Ivy and Mid-American.)

BC's Stephanie McCaffery

The final CNR of the 2013 season – released in late Oct. (prior to the postseason) – featured six teams that are not in the 2014 CNR preseason top-50: (31) Minnesota, (36) Pepperdine, (38) Rutgers, (39) Georgia, (41) Indiana and (46) Harvard. Six other teams – – (26) Arkansas, (40) LSU, (45) San Diego State, (46) Arizona, (49) Missouri and (50) USC – were not in the final 2013 CNR top-50 (prior to the postseason) but now find themselves in the CNR top-50 entering 2014.


Several teams have made big jumps in the CNR, when comparing their standing in the final 2013 CNR (prior to the postseason) to the 2014 preseason listing: 

• Boston College (#33 to #12)
• Illinois (#49 to #29)
• Duke (#28 to #13)
• Texas A&M (#22 to #8)
• Wisconsin (#40 to #27)

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-13 seasons. Other ingredients – NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

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 consists of an average of multiple 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 then 40 typically is added to yield the score on the handy 100-point scale (at the beginning and end of seasons, the number added often is a bit less, such as 38, to allow for bonus points to be factored into the formula).

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).

CollegeSoccer 360 Women's Soccer DI  Composite National Rankings #1 (preseason; Aug. 22, 2014)
Rank. Team (Pts) .. previous (final 2013)

1. UCLA (99.67) … 2
2. Florida State (98.88) … 4
3. Virginia (98.51) … 1
4. North Carolina (96.32) … 3
5. Virginia Tech (95.63) … 5
6. Florida (94.79) … 7
7. Stanford (94.632) … 6
8. Texas A&M (92.10) … 22
9. Notre Dame (89.78) … 14
10. Penn State (88.29) … 16
11. Santa Clara (87.51) … 9
12. Boston College (86.26) … 33
13. Duke (85.93) … 28
14. West Virginia (85.63) … 21
15. South Carolina (85.07) … 20
16. Portland (84.98) … 11
17. Wake Forest (84.08) … 19
18. Texas Tech (84.06) … 17
19. Marquette (83.42) … 11
20. Michigan (81.14) … 8
21. Georgetown (80.86) … 12
22. BYU (79.71) … 24
23. UCF (77.75) … 18
24. Nebraska (76.29) … 13
25. California (70.76) … 23
26. Arkansas (66.93) … –
27. Wisconsin (63.43) … 40
28. Kentucky (61.67) … 26
29. Illinois (59.41) … 49
30. Washington St. (58.64) … 29
31. Mississippi (58.14) … 27
32. Colorado (56.78) … 32
33. Louisville (55.54) … 25
34. Denver (55.33) … 15
35. Maryland (53.36) … 34
36. Oklahoma St. (51.55) … 45
37. Utah (50.52) … 30
38. Ohio State (49.32) … 43
39. Baylor (48.67) … 47
40. LSU (47.73) … –
41. Colo. College (47.42) ... 37
42. Iowa (46.68) … 42
43. Arizona State (46.61) … 48
44. Texas (46.56) … 35
45. San Diego State (46.50) … –
46. Arizona (46.45) … –
47. Boston Univ. (45.94) … 44
48. Washington (45.61) … 50
49. Missouri (45.20) … –
50. USC (44.93) … –

Next 5 – Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson, Miami & Minnesota

In final 2013 CNR top-50 (but not in 2014 preseason top-50):

31. Minnesota  
36. Pepperdine  
38. Rutgers 
39. Georgia  
41. Indiana 
46. Harvard 

editor@CollegeSoccer360.com