CS360 Composite Rankings – 2015 D-I women

CS360 Composite National Rankings

Division I Women's Soccer
Composite National Rankings
(#13; Nov. 10, 2015)
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note: scroll down on main body text for expanded data, with each team’s week-by-week CNR ranking and full list of teams that have fallen out of Top–50 this season.

Rank. Team (Pts) … previous 
1. Virginia (98.62) … 1
2. Florida State (96.85) … 2
3. Stanford (96.43) … 3
4. Penn State (94.96) … 5
5. Florida (94.83) … 6

6. West Virginia (93.73) … 4
7. North Carolina (90.48) … 7
8. Notre Dame (90.02) … 9

9. Rutgers (89.84) … 8

10. USC (87.05) … 13

11. Clemson (86.97) … 10

12. BYU (86.66) … 12

13. Virginia Tech (86.28) … 11

14. California (84.23) … 15

15. Connecticut (81.68) … 14

16. Texas Tech (81.67) … 21

17. Santa Clara (80.54) … 17

18. Duke (79.98) … 18

19. South Carolina (79.14) … 16

20. Auburn (76.91) … 19

21. Texas A&M (75.69) … 23

22. Arizona (73.40) … 20

23. South Florida (72.23) … 25

24. Mississippi (72.22) … 22

25. Washington State (70.99) … 26

26. St. John’s (65.24) … 24

27. Washington (65.13) … 27

28. Cal State Fullerton (65.02) … 37

29. Minnesota (58.52) … 30

30. Ohio State (57.75) … 29

31. Wisconsin (57.50) … 31

32. Boston College (57.25) … 32

33. Hofstra (57.15) … 28

34. Michigan (57.14) … 33

35. Northwestern (56.94) … 34

36. William & Mary (55.45) … 36

37. South Alabama (55.32) … 38

37. LSU (54.97) … 39

39. Princeton (54.77) … 35

40. Cincinnati (51.83) … –

41. Loyola Marymount (51.46) … 41

42. Long Beach State (50.71) … 44

43. Arizona State (50.65) … –

44. Central Florida (48.89) … 43

45. North Texas (48.23) … –

46. San Diego State (48.03) … –

47. Georgetown (47.73) … 47

48. Missouri (47.60) … 40

49. Oklahoma (47.35) … 45

50. UNC Wilmington (46.39) … 48

Next 5 – Nebraska, Kentucky,

Illinois, DePaul and San Francisco


Dropped Out of Top–50:

42. DePaul

47. Kentucky
49. Nebraska

50. Illinois

note: scroll down on main body text for expanded data, with each team’s week-by-week CNR ranking and full list of teams that have fallen out of Top–50 this season.

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CNR WEEK–13 QUICK LOOK (11/10/15): See left sidebar for the most recent update to the CS360 Composite National Rankings (CNR top–50).

A full summary recap will be added to this page later. But here are some quick notes:

• Newcomers/Returners to CS360 Top–50:
[40] Cincinnati (Big East Tournament champ)
[43] Arizona State (won finale vs. rival Arizona)
[45] North Texas (C-USA Tournament champ)
[46] San Diego State (edged in PKs in Mt West Final)

• … With these four slipping outside the Top–50:
[42] DePaul
[47] Kentucky
[49] Nebraska
[50] Illinois

• USC cycled back into the top–10 (#13 to #10) while Clemson slipped back one spot to 11th.

• The only team that moved significantly (up or down 7-plus spots) while remaining within the top–50 was Cal State Fullerton (up from #37 to 28th).

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CNR WEEK–12 QUICK LOOK (11/3/15): See left sidebar for the most recent update to the CS360 Composite National Rankings (CNR top–50).

• Newcomers/Returners to CS360 Top–50:
[44] Long Beach State
[48] UNC Wilmington
[50] Illinois

• … With these three slipping outside the Top–50:
[37] UCLA
[45] North Texas
[49] Arizona State

• Notre Dame bumped back into the top–10 (#11 to #9) while Virginia Tech dropped back two spots to 11th.

• The only team that moved significantly (up or down 7-plus spots) while remaining within the top–50 was Cal State Fullerton (up from #37 to 28th).

> Teams on the move upward within the Top–50 include:
• Princeton #46 to #35
• LSU #48 to # 39
• Texas Tech #28 to #21
• Boston College #39 to #32
• Michigan #40 to #33

> … While these four teams dropped 7-plus spots but still remained within the Top–50:
• UCF #33 to #43
• Kentucky #38 to #46
• Wisconsin #23 to #31
• Ole Miss #15 to #22

Division I Women’s Soccer Composite National Rankings
(#12; Nov. 3, 2015)
note: scroll down for expanded data, with each team’s week-by-week CNR ranking and full list of teams that have fallen out of Top–50 this season.

Rank. Team (Pts) … previous 
1. Virginia (98.76) … 1
2. Stanford (97.20) … 4
3. Florida State (96.92) … 2
4. West Virginia (96.07) … 3
5. Penn State (94.45) … 5
6. Florida (93.47) … 7
7. North Carolina (92.93) … 6
8. Rutgers (91.42) … 9
9. Notre Dame (91.32) … 11
10. Clemson (87.89) … 10
11. Virginia Tech (87.256 … 8
12. BYU (87.21) … 14
13. USC (85.56) … 13
14. Connecticut (84.76) … 12
15. California (83.47) … 16
16. South Carolina (81.65) … 21
17. Santa Clara (81.33) … 17
18. Duke (80.29) … 20
19. Auburn (80.27) … 24
20. Arizona (79.45) … 19
21. Texas Tech (77.11) … 28
22. Mississippi (76.55) … 15
23. Texas A&M (74.69) … 18
24. St. John’s (72.34) … 27
25. South Florida (70.66) … 26
26. Washington State (70.22) … 29
27. Washington (68.12) … 22
28. Hofstra (62.29) … 30
29. Ohio State (60.79) … 34
30. Minnesota (60.43) … 25
31. Wisconsin (59.96) … 23
32. Boston College (59.45) … 39
33. Michigan (58.85) … 40
34. Northwestern (58.31) … 32
35. Princeton (55.46) … 46
36. William & Mary (55.31) … 35

37. Cal State Fullerton (54.63) … 31
38. South Alabama (54.42) … 43
39. LSU (53.86) … 48
40. Missouri (52.60) … 41
41. Loyola Marymount (51.49) … 36
42. DePaul (51.37) … 42
43. Central Florida (50.80) … 33
44. Long Beach State (50.48) … –
45. Oklahoma (49.85) … 47
46. Kentucky (49.75) … 38
47. Georgetown (49.44) … 44
48. UNC Wilmington (48.15) … –
49. Nebraska (48.14) … 50
50. Illinois (47.93) … –

Next 5 – Arizona State, North Texas, UCLA, Michigan State and Texas

Dropped Out of Top–50:
37. UCLA 
45. North Texas  
49. Arizona State 

note: scroll down for expanded data, with each team’s week-by-week CNR ranking and full list of teams that have fallen out of Top–50 this season
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CNR WEEK–11 QUICK LOOK (10/29/15): See left sidebar for the most recent update to the CS360 Composite National Rankings (CNR top–50).

Surging Rutgers (#9) has entered the top–10 for the first time in the history of the CS360 Top–50.

Teams on the move upward include:
• Ole Miss (#28 to #15)
• LMU (#45 to #35)
• UCF (#41 to #33)
• Michigan (#40 to #33)

… While only two teams dropped 7-plus spots while staying within the Top–50:
• DePaul (#30 to #42)
• Auburn (#17 to #24)

Division I Women’s Soccer Composite National Rankings
(#11; Oct. 29, 2015)
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note: scroll down on main body text for expanded data, with each team’s week-by-week CNR ranking and full list of teams that have fallen out of Top–50 this season.

Rank. Team (Pts) … previous 
1. Virginia (98.74) … 2
2. Florida State (97.49) … 1
3. West Virginia (96.23) … 3
4. Stanford (96.20) … 4
5. Penn State (93.19) … 5
6. North Carolina (92.84) … 11
7. Florida (92.72) … 6
8. Virginia Tech (91.60) … 8
9. Rutgers (89.76) … 12
10. Clemson (89.25) … 7
11. Notre Dame (89.03) … 9
12. Connecticut (84.37) … 14
13. USC (84.19) … 16
14. BYU (83.98) … 10
15. Mississippi (83.27) … 28
16. California (83.22) … 13
17. Santa Clara (81.64) … 22
18. Texas A&M (79.81) … 15
19. Arizona (79.52) … 21
20. Duke (78.75) … 18
21. South Carolina (78.35) … 19
22. Washington (77.80) … 24
23. Wisconsin (75.23) … 26
24. Auburn (72.75) … 17
25. Minnesota (71.50) … 20
26. South Florida (69.36) … 23
27. St. John’s (68.76) … 27
28. Texas Tech (68.20) … 29
29. Washington State (64.42) … 25
30. Hofstra (61.42) … 31
31. Cal State Fullerton (57.78) … 34
32. Northwestern (55.46) … 35
33. Central Florida (54.94) … 41
34. Ohio State (54.33) … 32
35. William & Mary (54.07) … 40
35. Loyola Marymount (54.07) … 45
37. UCLA (53.61) … 38
38. Kentucky (53.48) … 37
39. Boston College (53.31) … 39
40. Michigan (53.18) … 33
41. Missouri (51.17) … 42
42. DePaul (51.12) … 30
43. South Alabama (49.81) … 44
43. Georgetown (49.81) … 47
45. North Texas (49.41) … 43
46. Princeton (48.38) … –
47. Oklahoma (48.01) … –
48. LSU (47.88) … 48
49. Arizona State (46.72) … –
50. Nebraska (46.69) … 50

Next 5 – UNC Wilmington, Michigan St., San Francisco, Cincinnati and Long Beach State

Dropped Out of Top–50:
36. Texas 
46. Michigan State 
49. UNC Wilmington 

note: scroll down on main body text for expanded data, with each team’s week-by-week CNR ranking and full list of teams that have fallen out of Top–50 this season. 
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CNR WEEK–10 QUICK LOOK (10/22/15): See left sidebar for the most recent update to the CS360 Composite National Rankings (CNR top–50).

Here are a few quick notes regarding the current update (more details may be added later in the week; also be sure to scroll down for last week’s comprehensive overview).

• Virginia Tech (11th to 8th) is back in the top–10, with North Carolina slipping from 6th to 11th after its home loss to Duke (up from 25th to 18th).

• Newcomers/returners to the Top–50: [36] Texas, [40] William & Mary, [42] Missouri, [48] LSU and [49] UNC Wilmington … with these five sliding outside the Top-50: [30] Long Beach State, [40] Oklahoma, [45] Northeastern, [48] Illinois and [50] Cincinnati.

• In addition to Duke, other big movers within the Top–50: California (#23 to #13) … Connecticut (#22 to #14) … and Wisconsin (#33 to #26) … while five teams dropped 7-plus spots within the Top–50: Kentucky (#29 to #39) … Washington (#15 to #24) … Texas Tech (#20 to #29) … South Carolina (#12 to #19) … and Washington State (#18 to #25).

• Current conference breakdown within the Top–50:
9 teams – Big Ten
8 teams – ACC and SEC
7 teams – Pac-12
3 teams – AAC, Big 12, WCC, BIG EAST and Colonial
1 team – Big West, Sun Belt and C–USA

• The CNR formula has some tweaks this week (details later, with formula to expand further over next couple weeks).

Division I Women’s Soccer Composite National Rankings
(#10; Oct. 22, 2015)

Rank. Team (Pts) … previous 
1. Florida State (99.07) … 1
2. Virginia (96.61) … 2
3. West Virginia (95.24) … 4
4. Stanford (94.34) … 5
5. Penn State (92.65) … 3
6. Florida (91.17) … 8
7. Clemson (91.02) … 7
8. Virginia Tech (90.03) … 11
9. Notre Dame (89.62) … 9
10. BYU (89.22) … 10
11. North Carolina (89.18) … 6
12. Rutgers (86.52) … 17
13. California (85.04) … 23
14. Connecticut (84.05) … 22
15. Texas A&M (82.30) … 19
16. USC (82.16) … 21
17. Auburn (81.78) … 13
18. Duke (80.65) … 25
19. South Carolina (79.84) … 12
20. Minnesota (77.24) … 14
21. Arizona (76.49) … 27
22. Santa Clara (75.05) … 16
23. South Florida (73.30) … 26
24. Washington (72.28) … 15
25. Washington State (71.82) … 18
26. Wisconsin (69.76) … 33
27. St. John’s (69.03) … 24
28. Mississippi (65.79) … 31
29. Texas Tech (64.87) … 20
30. DePaul (63.91) … 28
31. Hofstra (57.68) … 37
32. Ohio State (55.72) … 34
33. Michigan (55.14) … 39
34. Cal State Fullerton (55.03) … 38
35. Northwestern (54.67) … 32
36. Texas (54.01) … –
37. Kentucky (53.36) … 29
38. UCLA (53.26) … 35
39. Boston College (52.47) … 36
40. William & Mary (51.35) … –
41. Central Florida (49.68) … 42
42. Missouri (49.48) … –
43. North Texas (48.49) … 44
44. South Alabama (48.19) … 43
45. Loyola Marmount (48019) … 41
46. Michigan State (47.85) … 49
47. Georgetown (46.94) … 47
48. LSU (46.19) … –
49. UNC Wilmington (45.83) … –
50. Nebraska (45.61) … 46

Next 5 – Oregon State, Long Beach State, Illinois, Cincinnati and Oklahoma

Dropped Out of Top–50:
30. Long Beach State 
40. Oklahoma 
45. Northeastern  
48. Illinois  
50. Cincinnati 

note: scroll down on main body text for expanded data, with each team’s week-by-week CNR ranking and full list of teams that have fallen out of Top–50 this season.

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CNR WEEK–9 UPDATE (10/15/15): See left sidebar for the most recent update to the CS360 Composite National Rankings (CNR top–50).

(Note: scroll down on main body text for expanded data, with each team’s week-by-week CNR ranking and full list of teams that have fallen out of Top–50 this season).

Florida State, coming off its huge 1–0 showdown win vs. visiting North Carolina, has remained atop the Top–50 while UNC has slipped from 2nd to 6th (the Heels were #2 in the CNR last week, due to a lower RPI, etc., but #1 in most of the polls).

Virginia has moved up from 6th to 2nd (after road wins over Clemson and Wake Forest) while current #3 Penn State and [4] West Virginia each have bumped up one spot within the top-10, and Stanford slipped from 3rd to 5th (the above four teams essentially all were tied a week ago, with only 0.63 pts separating 3rd from 6th place last week). WVU played road games vs. fellow top–50 teams Oklahoma (0–0) and Texas Tech (4–1). PSU posted home wins over Maryland and Indiana, and Stanford won at home vs. Oregon State and Oregon.

Clemson – which offset the loss to UVa with a win over Va. Tecch – has retained its #7 spot. Florida (11th to 8th; won at Tenn. and at home vs. LSU) and Notre Dame (13th to 9th; home wins over Syracuse and BC) are back in the top-10. BYU rounds out the top tier, after dropping from 8th to 10th (after 1–0 win over USD). The two teams that have slipped outside the top-10: Virginia Tech (9th to 11th; beat Wake, lost to Clemson) and South Carolina (10th to 12th), which beat Auburn but lost to Ole Miss.

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The CNR formula now includes nine elements: polls/rankings by the NSCAA (coaches), Soccer America, Top Drawer Soccer and Our Game Magazine, plus the official NCAA RPI and two other statistical measurements (the Massey and Bennett rankings). Small bonuses are awarded based on projected conference finish (links to all eight elements included below) and projected final strength of schedule (per Massey). As a reminder, the coaches poll and Massey power ratings are factored into the formula based on a combination of each team’s ranking (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4) but the formula also takes into account the actual voting points (i.e 772 or 738) and the statistical numbers (i.e. 2.45, 2.41) in relation to one another … thus, a team that is unanimously No. 1 in the coaches poll receives more in the CNR formula than a team that is narrowly ahead of the No. 2 team (etc.).

• COMING & GOING – Four teams have entered/re-entered the CNR Top–50:[41] LMU, [42] UCF, [43] South Alabama and [45] Northeastern

… with the following teams falling out of the Top–50: [31] Missouri, [43] Pepperdine , [49] Tennessee and [50] Oregon State.

• MOVERS & SHAKERS – Eight teams climbed seven-plus spots within the Top–50: Ole Miss (#41 to #31), Fullerton (#48 to #38), Santa Clara (#25 to #16), Washington State (#18 to #27), Minnesota (#21 to #14), Long Beach (#37 to #30), Wisconsin (#40 to #33) and Michigan (#46 to #39).

… six other teams slipped seven or more spots while remaining in the Top–50: Nebraska (#35 to #46), Arizona (#17 to #27), Illinois (#38 to #48), Kentucky (#20 to #29), Cincinnati (#42 to #50) and Oklahoma (#33 to #40).

… Here are links to the nine elements – seven core factors and two small bonuses – that were used for the current CNR formula:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 41 teams)
• Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
• Official NCAA RPI (RPI; top-60 teams)
• Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; top-60 teams)

• BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
• Our Game magazine rankings (OG; 32 teams)
plus small bonus for:
• Projected final strength of schedule (per Massey; top-60 teams)
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls 
ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten  |  SEC  |  Big 12  |  Big East  |  WCC  |  AAC  |  Colonial  |  Big West  |  Sun Belt  |  C–USA

(Scroll down this page for further info. on the CNR top–50.)

• CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN – The current CNR Top–50 features the following breakdown (31 come from the top-4 conferences and nearly all, 44, from the top–8 leagues, with a total of only 12 conferences accounting for the entire Top–50):

• Big Ten (10): 3–Penn State, 14–Minnesota, 17–Rutgers, 32–Northwestern, 33–Wisconsin, 34–Ohio State,
39–Michigan, 46–Nebraska, 48–Illinois & 49–Michigan State

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ACC (8): 1–Florida St, 2–Virginia, 6–North Carolina, 7–Clemson, 9–Notre Dame, 11–Va. Tech, 25–Duke & 36–BC
• 
Pac-12 (7): 5–Stanford, 15–Washington, 18–Washington St, 21–USC, 23–California, 27–Arizona & 35–UCLA
• 
SEC (6): 8–Florida, 12–South Carolina, 13–Auburn, 19–Texas A&M, 29–Kentucky & 31–Mississippi  
• 
American Athletic (4): 22–UConn, 26–South Florida, 42–UCF & 50–Cincinnati  
 Big 12 (3): 4–West Virginia, 20–Texas Tech & 40–Oklahoma
• 
WCC (3): 10–BYU, 16–Santa Clara & 41–Loyola Marymount
• 
BIG EAST (3): 24–St. John’s, 28–DePaul & 47–Georgetown
• Big West (2): 30–Long Beach State & 38–Cal State Fullerton
• Colonial (2): 37–Hofstra & 45–Northeastern 
• Sun Belt (1): 43–South Alabama
• Conference USA (1): 44–North Texas

– Lateseason Checkup:
• 12 current Top–50 teams were not in the preseason Top–50: [30] Long Beach St., [31] Ole Miss, [32] Northwestern, [34] Ohio State, [37] Hofstra, [38] Fullerton, [41] LMU, [43] South Alabama, [44] North Texas, [46] Nebraska, [49] Michigan State and [5] Cincinnati 
… the dozen teams that were CNR preseason top–50 but not currentl7 in the top–50: 
[16] Pepperdine, [25] Arizona State, [30] Colorado, [34] Missouri. [37] Kansas, [40] Texas, [41] Tennessee, [42] Arkansas, [43] Georgia, [44] Maryland, [45] Iowa and [49] Oklahoma State. 
• Several teams have improved 10-plus spots from their preseason Top–50 position: Minnesota (#38 to #14) … South Florida (#47 to #26) … Santa Clara (#36 to #16) … Arizona (#39 to #27) … Auburn (#29 to #13) … Kentucky (#29 to #14) …  ashington State (#32 to #18) … Clemson (#18 to #7) … St, John’s (#35 to #24) … and BYU (#20 to #10).
• A large chunk (35) of the CNR preseason Top–50 have been in the Top–50 all season, including each of the current top-30 along with: Wisconsin, Ohio State, UCLA, Boston College,  and Illinois.
• Through mid-October, 19 teams have 
dropped out of the Top–50 and are not currently in the Top–50: Kansas, Georgia, Maryland, Iowa, Harvard, Marquette, Arkansas, Texas, Tulsa, Oregon State, Colorado, Arizona State, San Diego State, William & Mary, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, LSU, Missouri and Pepperdine,

– Other CNR Notes & Trends:
• Four teams have been in the CNR top–10 all season: Virginia, North Carolina, Florida State and Penn State (FSU is the only team that has been among the top–5 all season). 
• Virginia was #2 in the preseason CNR and after opening week, followed by four straight weeks at #1 (then 3–6–3 over past three weeks).
• Florida State (preseason #1) has not slipped any lower than No. 3 so far in the CNR.
• There are only four teams that were previously in the top–10 this season but currently are outside the top–10: UCLA, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Texas A&M.
• Texas Tech interestingly held at No. 16 in the CNR during four straight midseason weeks (and was 18th in the week before that streak), after the four straight #16s, the Red Raiders were 15th and then 14th in the CNR (but now 20th, with a range of 16th to 20th over the past seven weeks).

… CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-14 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).

> Division I Women’s Soccer Composite National Rankings  (#9; Oct. 15, 2015)
Rank. Team (Pts) … previous (most recent first, chronologically back to preseason)

1. Florida State (98.05) … 1 … 1 … 3 … 2 … 3 … 3 … 1 … #1 preseason
2. Virginia (95.49) … 6 … 3 … 1 … 1 … 1 … 1 … 2 … #2 preseason
3. Penn State (94.18) … 4 … 9 … 5 … 4 … 8 … 5 … 4 … #4 preseason
4. West Virginia (94.15) … 5 … 4 … 4 … 5 … 6 … 10 … 13 … #9 preseason
5. Stanford (93.95) …  3 … 5 … 11 … 7 … 2 … 2 … 3 … #3 preseason
6. North Carolina (91.86) … 2 … 2 … 2 … 3 … 4 … 4 … 5 … #5 preseason
7. Clemson (90.59) … 7 … 8 … 6 … 12 … 12 … 13 … 17 … #18 preseason
8. Florida (90.11) … 11 … 13 … 6 … 9 … 5 … 7 … 7 … #6 preseason
9. Notre Dame (89.50) … 13 … 6 … 8 … 6 … 7 … 6 … 6 … #10 preseason
10. BYU (89.31) … 8 … 7 … 9 … 11 … 9 … 11 … 14 … #20 preseason
11. Virginia Tech (87.29) … 9 … 11 … 13 … 10 … 11 … 12 … 8 … #8 preseason
12. South Carolina (87.25) … 10 … 10 … 14 … 14 … 14 … 15 … 9 … #13 preseason
13. Auburn (86.39) … 12 … 12 … 24… 28 … 21 … 22 … 21 … #29 preseason
14. Minnesota (82.36) … 21 … 14 … 21 … 47 … 47 … X … 40 … #38 preseason
15. Washington (82.01) … 15 … 27 … 18… 18 … 22 … 27 … 24 … #23 preseason
16. Santa Clara (79.68) … 25 … 23 … 22 … 40 … 40 … 43 … 48 … #36 preseason
17. Rutgers (79.59) … 18 … 18 … 12 … 15 … 18 … 24 … 25 … #24 preseason
18. Washington State (79.55) … 27 … 25 … 28 … 24 … 35 … 32 … 32 … #32 preseason
19. Texas A&M (79.26) … 16 … 17 … 10 … 8 … 10 … 8 … 10 … #11 preseason
20. Texas Tech (78.80) … 14 … 15 … 16 … 16 … 16 … 16 … 18 … #12 preseason
21. USC (78.78) … 22 … 29 … 29 … 29 … 26 … 14 … 15 … #19 preseason
22. Connecticut (75.30) … 24 … 24 … 20 … 23 … 23 … 25 … 22 … #28 preseason
23. California (72.80) … 19 … 16 … 15 … 13 … 13 … 17 … 23 … #15 preseason
24. St. John’s (69.56) … 23 … 28 … 31 … 31 … 39 … 35 … 38 … #35 preseason
25. Duke (69.26) … 26 … 21 … 19 … 20 … 17 … 21 … 28 … #26 preseason
26. South Florida (66.46) … 28 … 20 … 27 … 26 … 38 … 40 … 44 … #47 preseason
27. Arizona (65.20) … 17 … 19 … 23 … 30 … 28 … 30 … 33 … #39 preseason
28. DePaul (64.88) … 29 … 31 … 32 … 21 … 25 … 20 … 20 … #22 preseason
29. Kentucky (63.49) … 20 … 22 … 17 … 17 … 19 … 19 … 19 … #14 preseason
30. Long Beach State (59.48)  … 37 … 44 … 45 … 44 … 30 … 42 … 47 … not in preseason top–50
31. Mississippi (56.77) … 41 … 37 … 42 … X … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50
32. Northwestern (56.13) 
… 30 … 26 … 40 … 46 … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50
33. Wisconsin (55.59) … 40 … 42 … 44 … 33 … 31 … 18 … 12 … #21 preseason
34. Ohio State (53.60) … 32 … 41 … 34 … 25 … 27 … 28 … 31 … not in preseason top–50
35. UCLA (53.31) … 39 … 32 … 30 … 27 … 24 … 9 … 11 … #7 preseason
36. Boston College (53.09) … 34 … 33  … 36 … 32 … 32 … 31 … 27 … #33 preseason
37. Hofstra (51.66) … 36 … 35 … X … X … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50

38. Cal State Fullerton (49.98) … 48 … 45 … X … X … X … 44 … X … not in preseason top–50
39. Michigan (49.91) … 36 … X … 35 … 36 … 34 … 38 … 39 … #31 preseason
40. Oklahoma (49.36) 
… 33 … 36 … 39 … X … X … 49 … X … #48 preseason
41. Loyola Marymount (49.09) … X … X … 43 … X … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50
42. Central Florida (UCF) (48.03) …. X …. 40 … 37 … 37 … 29 … 29 … 30 … #17 preseason
43. South Alabama (48.01) … X … X … X … X … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50
44. North Texas (47.50) … X … 47 … X … X … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50

45. Northeastern (47.38) … X … X … X … X … 45 … X … X … #50 preseason
46. Nebraska (46.62) 
…. 35 …. 30 …. 47 … X … 48 … X … X … not in preseason top–50
47. Georgetown (46.60) … 46 … 46 … X … 49 … 50 … X … 45 … #27 preseason
48. Illinois (46.57) …. 38 …. 39 …. 46 … 42 … 42 … 33 … 42 … #46 preseason
49. Michigan State (45.60) … X … 43 … X … X … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50
50. Cincinnati (45.31) … 42
 … X … X … X … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50 

• Dropped Out of Top–50 (after week–8) … previous weeks:
31. Missouri (51.24) … 38 … 38 … 39 … 41 … 39 … 37 … #34 preseason
43. Pepperdine (66.69) … 34 … 25 … 22 … 15 … 23 … 16 … #16 preseason 
48. Tennessee (46.57) … X … 49 … 43 … 49 … X … X … #41 preseason

• Dropped Out of Top–50 (after week–7) … previous weeks:
48. Colorado … X … 50 … 44 … 45 … 35 … #30 preseason 
49. Tulsa … 41 … X … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50  (returned/dropped out, see above)
50. LSU
… 26 … X … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50
(also #40 UCF, which later returned to top–50/see above)

• Dropped Out of Top–50 (after week–6) … previous weeks:
33. Arizona State … 19 … 20 … 26 … 26 … #25 preseason
35. Michigan … 36 … 34 … 38 … 39 … #31 preseason
41. San Diego State … 38 … 36 … 34 … 20 … not in preseason top–50
49. William & Mary … 34 … 43 … 48 … 41 … not in preseason top–50
50. Oklahoma State  … X … X … X … 50 … #49 preseason
(also #43 LMU and #48 Tennessee, which later returned to top–50/see above)

• Dropped Out of Top–50 (after week–5) … previous weeks:
35. Texas … 33 … 36 … 34 … #40 preseason
41. Tulsa
 … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50  (returned to top–50/dropped out, see above)
45. Northeastern
 … 45 … X … X … #50 preseason  (now back in top–50)
48. Oregon State
 … X … X … XX … not in preseason top–50
49. Georgetown
 … 50 … X … 45 … #27 preseason  (now back tin top–50)
50. Colorado
 … 44 … 45 … 35 … #30 preseason  (returned to top–50/dropped out, see above)

• Dropped Out of Top–50 (after week–4) and have not returned to Top–50 … previous weeks:
37. Cal State Fullerton … 44 … X … not in preseason top–50
46. Arkansas … 37 … 36 … #42 preseason
(also #48 Nebraska, which now is back in Top–50/see above)

• Dropped Out of Top–50 (after week–3) and have not returned to Top–50 … previous weeks:
41. Maryland … 43 … #44 preseason
46. Iowa … 46 … #45 preseason
47. Harvard
 … 49 … not in preseason top–50
50. Marquette … X … not in preseason top–50
(also #49 Oklahoma, which now is back in the Top–50/see above)

• Note: the three teams that dropped out of the top–50 after week–2 later returned (see above): 
– [40] Minnesota, [45] Georgetown and [50] Oklahoma State (see above, not current top–50)

• Dropped Out of Top–50 (after week–1) and have not returned to Top–50 … previous weeks:
37. Kansas
43. Georgia
(also three that later returned to Top–50, see above: [41] Tennessee, [48] Oklahoma and [50] Northeastern)

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CNR WEEK–8 UPDATE (10/8/15): See left sidebar for the most recent update to the CS360 Composite National Rankings.

Full release to be added later, but here are a couple quick notes:

• New or returning to the Top–50: [42] Cincinnati, [46] Michigan, [49] Tennessee and [50] Oregon State.
• Dropped out of Top–50: [40] UCF, [48] Colorado, [49] Tulsa and [50] LSU

• Big jumps within the CNR by Washington (up from 27th to  15th), Ohio State (41–32), USC (29–22), Missouri (38–31) and Long Beach (44–37).
• Notable drops within the Top–50: Pepperdine (34th to 43rd), South Florida (20–28), Notre Dame (6–13), Minnesota (14–21) and UCLA (32–39).

Division I Women's Soccer
Composite National Rankings  (#8; Oct. 8, 2015)
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note: scroll down on main body text for expanded data, with each team’s week-by-week CNR ranking and full list of teams that have fallen out of Top–50 this season.

Rank. Team (Pts) … previous 
1. Florida State (98.18) … 1
2. North Carolina (97.04) … 2
3. Stanford (93.78) … 5
4. Penn State (93.50) … 9
5. West Virginia (93.32) … 4
6. Virginia (93.15) … 3
7. Clemson (90.78) … 8
8. BYU (90.43) … 7
9. Virginia Tech (89.93) … 11
10. South Carolina (88.51) … 10
11. Florida (87.59) … 13
12. Auburn (86.77) … 12
13. Notre Dame (86.45) … 6
14. Texas Tech (81.53) … 15
15. Washington (80.96) … 27
16. Texas A&M (80.92) … 17
17. Arizona (80.91) … 19
18. Rutgers (79.67) … 18
19. California (79.21) … 16
20. Kentucky (78.06) … 22
21. Minnesota (76.43) … 14
22. USC (75.37) … 29
23. St. John’s (73.14) … 28
24. Connecticut (72.03) … 24
25. Santa Clara (71.53) … 23
26. Duke (69.07) … 21
27. Washington State (68.41) … 25
28. South Florida (65.79) … 20
29. DePaul (63.03) … 31
30. Northwestern (62.83) … 26
31. Missouri (53.19) … 38
32. Ohio State (52.82) … 41
33. Oklahoma (52.51) … 36
34. Boston College (52.50) … 33
35. Nebraska (52.43) … 30
36. Hofstra (52.38) … 35
37. Long Beach State (51.73) … 44
38. Illinois (51.39) … 39
39. UCLA (51.13) … 32
40. Wisconsin (50.45) … 42
41. Mississippi (50.26) … 37
42. Cincinnati (49.14) … –
43. Pepperdine (48.33) … 34
44. North Texas (47.59) … 47
45. Michigan State (46.70) … 43
46. Michigan (45.88) … –
46. Georgetown (45.80) … 46
48. Cal State Fullerton (45.64) … 45
49. Tennessee (44.93) … –
50. Oregon State (44.38) … –

Next 5 – Tulsa, Northeastern, South Alabama, Princeton and Cornell

Dropped Out of Top–50:
40. UCF
48. Colorado 
49. Tulsa 
50. LSU

note: scroll down on main body text for expanded data, with each team’s week-by-week CNR ranking and full list of teams that have fallen out of Top–50 this season.

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FSU BACK IN CNR TOP SPOT (10/1/15): The same ACC teams still occupy the top-three spots in CollegeSoccer360’s exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR), although current #1 Florida State and [3] Virginia have flipped positions from the previous week (while North Carolina remains #2). UNC generally stands #1 in most of the human/voting-based polls but FSU gets the edge based on RPI and other computerized rankings that are used in the CNR formula (for example, FSU is #1 in the official NCAA RPI while UNC is only #12).

Florida State and Virginia both faced fellow top-10 teams last week, with FSU beating Clemson (which has dropped from 6th to 8th) and winning at Notre Dame, while UVa lost at home vs. ND (which is now #6, swapping spots with Clemson). West Virginia also has maintained its position (#4) while Stanford has vaulted back into the top–10 (up from 11th to 5th).

BYU is up two spots (9th to 7th) while Penn State has dropped from 5th to 9th, after playing to a tie at Nebraska. South Carolina rounds out the top–10, returning to that top tier after moving up four spots from 14th (with a key win over Texas A&M). Two fellow SEC teams slipped out of the top–10: Florida (6th to 13th) and Texas A&M (10th to 17th). The Gators lost at Auburn – which is knocking on the door after making huge move from 24th to 12th – while the Aggies lost to both S.C. and Georgia.

In addition to Auburn, other teams making big moves within the CNR during the past week include four from the Big Ten – Nebraska (#48 to #30), Northwestern (#40 to #26), Minnesota (#21 to #14) and Illinois (#46 to #39) – along with South Florida, up from 27th to 20th.

See all of the current CS360 Top–50 in left sidebar, with plenty of in-depth info. about the CNR included below.

Division I Women's Soccer
Composite National Rankings
(#7; Oct. 1, 2015)
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note: scroll down on main body text for expanded data, with each team’s week-by-week CNR ranking and full list of teams that have fallen out of Top–50 this season.

Rank. Team (Pts) … previous 
1. Florida State (98.48) … 3
2. North Carolina (97.11) … 2
3. Virginia (94.19) … 1
4. West Virginia (93.84) … 4
5. Stanford (92.11) … 11
6. Notre Dame (91.83) … 8
7. BYU (91.34) … 9
8. Clemson (90.94) … 6
9. Penn State (90.72) … 5
10. South Carolina (89.79) … 14
11. Virginia Tech (88.46) … 13
12. Auburn (86.57) … 24
13. Florida (86.10) … 6
14. Minnesota (83.23) … 21
15. Texas Tech (82.81) … 16
16. California (79.99) … 15
17. Texas A&M (79.65) … 10
18. Rutgers (78.39) … 12
19. Arizona (76.15) … 23
20. South Florida (75.50) … 27
21. Duke (79.03) … 19
22. Kentucky (74.97) … 17
23. Santa Clara (72.67) … 22
24. Connecticut (71.35) … 20
25. Washington State (71.26) … 28
26. Northwestern (70.11) … 40
27. Washington (69.19) … 18
28. St. John’s (68.72) … 31
29. USC (63.25) … 29
30. Nebraska (60.89) … 47
31. DePaul (60.01) … 32
32. UCLA (57.82) … 30
33. Boston College (57.05) … 36
34. Pepperdine (56.83) … 25
35. Hofstra (53.85) … –
36. Oklahoma (53.47) … 39
37. Mississippi (53.30) … 42
38. Missouri (52.83) … 38
39. Illinois (52.21) … 46
40. UCF (52.80) … 37
41. Ohio State (51.72) … 34
42. Wisconsin (51.56) … 44
43. Michigan State (48.20) … –
44. Long Beach State (48.09) … 45
45. Cal State Fullerton (47.44) … –
46. Georgetown (47.41) … –
47. North Texas (46,85) … –
48. Colorado (45.53) … –
49. Tulsa (45.27) … –
50. LSU (44.76) … 26

Next 5 – South Alabama, Cornell, Tennessee, Michigan and Cal Poly

Dropped Out of Top–50:
33. Arizona State 
35. Michigan
41. San Diego State 
43. Loyola Marymount 
48. Tennessee
49. William & Mary
50. Oklahoma State 

note: scroll down on main body text for expanded data, with each team’s week-by-week CNR ranking and full list of teams that have fallen out of Top–50 this season.

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VIRTUAL 3-WAY TIE ATOP CNR WEEK–6 UPDATE (9/24/15): Three ACC teams stand in a virtual tie atop the most recent update to CollegeSoccer360’s exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) for DI women’s soccer, as Virginia narrowly maintained the No 1 position (with 97.00 points) while North Carolina (96.91) essentially is a co–No. 1 and Florida State (96.73) follows close behind.

(Note: scroll down on main body text for expanded data, with each team’s week-by-week CNR ranking and full list of teams that have fallen out of Top–50 this season).

> Other Recent CS360 Content
• Week–5 Primetime Performers Honor Roll
• Result Summaries (top teams; 9/14–20):  Midweek  |  Fri.  |  Weekend

The CNR formula now includes eight elements: polls/rankings by the NSCAA (coaches), Soccer America, Top Drawer Soccer and Our Game Magazine, plus the first release of the official NCAA RPI and two other statistical measurements (the Massey and Bennett rankings). A small bonus is awarded based on projected conference finish (links to all eight elements included below). As a reminder, the coaches poll and Massey ratings are factored into the formula based on a combination of each team’s ranking (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4) but the formula also takes into account the actual voting points (i.e 772 or 738) and the statistical numbers (i.e. 2.45, 2.41) in relation to one another … thus, a team that is unanimously No. 1 in the coaches poll receives more in the CNR formula than a team that is narrowly ahead of the No. 2 team (etc.).

… So, the 0.27 difference between UVa and FSU in the 3rd spot is fairly minimal (typically, the No. 3 team would be a full 2.0 points behind the leader). 

> Here’s a comparison of the top–3 teams in the current CNR:
UVa: #1 in all four polls/rankings and Massey … #2 Bennett … #15 RPI
UNC: #2 in all four polls/rankings … #1 Bennett … #3 Massey … #10 RPI
FSU: #3 in all four polls/rankings & Bennett … #2 Massey … #7 RPI
(note: the ACC preseason coaches poll projected FSU #1, UVa #2 & UNC #3)

North Carolina flipped spots with Florida State from the previous week, following FSU’s 0–0 result at Duke (which has bumped up a spot to 19th). Current No. 4 West Virginia and [5] Penn State also have swapped positions from one week ago, with PSU coming off a 1–0 home loss to Minnesota (the Gophers, which also won at Ohio Sate, have vaulted from 47th to 21st).

Unbeaten Clemson entered the top–10 following its 1–0 win over visiting  Notre Dame (then #6 in the CNR), with the Tigers climbing six spots to be this week’s No. 6 team (while ND slipped to 8th). A couple of SEC teams – Florida (up from 9th to 6th) and Texas A&M (down from 8th to 10th) – remained in the CNR top–10, while BYU moved back into that top tier (from 11th to 9th) and Stanford tumbled out of the top–10 (7th to 11th) after losing at Santa Clara (which made a huge jump similar to Minnesota’s, with SCU climbing from 40th to 22nd in the current CNR). Virginia Tech is the other team that has dropped out of the top–10, sliding from 10th to 13th.

• COMING & GOING – Six teams have entered/re-entered the CNR Top–50: [26] LSU[39] Oklahoma, [42Mississippi, [43Loyola Marymount, [47] Nebraska and [50] Oklahoma State (LSU, Ole Miss and LMU are in the Top–50 for the first time this season) … with the following teams falling out of the Top–50: [35] Texas, [41] Tulsa, [45] Northeastern, [48] Oregon State, [49] Georgetown and [50] Colorado.

• MOVERS & SHAKERS – In addition to the above-mentioned Minnesota (#47 to #21) and Santa Clara (#40 to #22), one other team climbed seven spots within the CNR Top–50 this week: Arizona, from #30 to #23 … five other teams slipped nine or more spots while remaining in the Top–50: Arizona State (#19 to #35), William & Mary (#34 to #49), DePaul (#21 to #32), Wisconsin (#33 to #44) and Ohio State (#25 to #34).

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

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 41 teams)
• Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
• Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; top-60 teams)

• BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
• Our Game magazine rankings (OG; 32 teams)
plus small bonus for:
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls 
… ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten  |  SEC  |  Big 12  |  Big East 
WCC  |  AAC  |  Colonial  |  Mt. West  |  Big West

(Scroll down this page for further info. on the CNR top–50.)

• CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN – The current CNR Top–50 features the following breakdown (34 come from the top-4 conferences, 42 from the top-6 and nearly all, 47, from the top-8 leagues, with a total of only 11 conferences accounting for the entire Top–50):

• Big Ten (9): 5–Penn State, 12–Rutgers, 21–Minnesota, 34–Ohio State, 35–Michigan, 40–Northwestern,
44–Wisconsin
, 46–Illinois & 47–Nebraska
• 
SEC (9): 7–Florida, 10–Texas A&M, 14–South Carolina, 17–Kentucky, 24–Auburn, 26–LSU, 38–Missouri,
42–Mississippi & 43–Tennessee
• 
ACC (8): 1–Virginia, 2–North Carolina, 3–Florida St, 6–Clemson, 8–Notre Dame, 13–Va. Tech, 19–Duke & 36–BC
• 
Pac-12 (8): 11–Stanford, 15–California, 18–Wash., 23–Arizona, 28–Wash. St, 29–USC, 30–UCLA & 33–Ariz. St
 Big 12 (4): 4–West Virginia, 16–Texas Tech, 39–Oklahoma & 50–Oklahoma State
• 
WCC (4): 9–BYU, 22–Santa Clara, 25–Pepperdine & 43–Loyola Marymount
• 
American Ath. (3): 20–UConn, 27–South Florida & 37–UCF  
• 
BIG EAST (2): 31–St. John’s & 32–DePaul
• Mountain West (1): 41–San Diego State
• Big West (1): 45–Long Beach State
• Colonial (1): 49–William & Mary 

– Midseason Checkup:
• Eight current Top–50 teams were not in the preseason Top–50: [26] LSU, [34] Ohio State, [40] Northwestern, [41] San Diego State, [42] Ole Miss, [43] LMU, [45] Long Beach St. and [47] Nebraska.
• In addition to the above eight teams, several other teams have improved 10-plus spots from their preseason Top–50 position: South Florida (#47 to #26) … Minnesota (#38 to #21) … Arizona (#39 to #23) … Santa Clara (#36 to #22) … Clemson (#18 to #6) … Rutgers (#24 to #12) … and BYU (#20 to 39).
• A large chunk (38) of the CNR preseason Top–50 have been in the Top–50 all season, including each of the current top-25 along with: South Florida, Wisconsin, USC, UCLA, St. John
’s, DePaul, Arizona State, Michigan, Boston College, UCF, Missouri, Wisconsin and Illinois.
• Through the first half of the season, only 14 teams have dropped out of the Top–50 and are not currently in the Top–50: Kansas, Georgia, Maryland, Iowa, Harvard, Marquette, Cal State Fullerton, Arkansas, Texas, Tulsa, Northeastern, Oregon State, Georgetown and Colorado.

– Other CNR Midseason Notes & Trends:
• Six teams have been in the CNR top–10 all season: Virginia, North Carolina, Florida State, Penn  State, Florida and Notre Dame (UVa, UNC and FSU have been among the top–5 all season). 
• Virginia was #2 in the preseason CNR and after opening week, followed by four straight weeks at #1.
• Florida State (preseason #1) has not slipped any lower than No. 3 so far in the CNR
• Florida has ranged between 6th and 9th in the CNR all season (A&M has a similar narrow range, from 8th to 11th).
• There are only four teams that were previously in the top–10 this season but currently are outside the top–10: UCLA, South Carolina, Stanford and Virginia Tech.
• Texas Tech interestingly has held at No. 16 in the CNR for the past four weeks (and was 18th in the week before that streak).
• Kentucky has been 17th for the past two weeks and was 19th in each of the preceding three weeks.

… CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-14 seasons. Other ingredients – NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

> Division I Women’s Soccer Composite National Rankings  (#6; Sept. 24, 2015)
Rank. Team (Pts) … previous (most recent first, chronologically back to preseason)

1. Virginia (97.00) … 1 … 1 … 1 … 2 … #2 preseason
2. North Carolina (96.91) … 3 … 4
 … 4 … 5 … #5 preseason
3. Florida State (96.73) … 2 … 3
 … 3 … 1 … #1 preseason
4. West Virginia (93.15) … 5
 … 6 … 10 … 13 … #9 preseason
5. Penn State (92.06) … 4 … 8 … 5 … 4 … #4 preseason
6. Clemson (92.04) … 12
 … 12 … 13 … 17 … #18 preseason
6. Florida (92.04) … 9
 … 5 … 7 … 7 … #6 preseason
8. Notre Dame (91.14) … 6
 … 7 … 6 … 6 … #10 preseason
9. BYU (90.32) … 11
 … 9 … 11 … 14 … #20 preseason
10. Texas A&M (89.71) … 8
 … 10 … 8 … 10 … #11 preseason
11. Stanford (89.52) … 7
 … 2 … 2 … 3 … #3 preseason
12. Rutgers (88.31) … 15
 … 18 … 24 … 25 … #24 preseason
13. Virginia Tech (86.75) … 10
 … 11 … 12 … 8 … #8 preseason
14. South Carolina (85.34) … 14
 … 14 … 15 … 9 … #13 preseason
15. California (85.14) … 13
 … 13 … 17 … 23 … #15 preseason
16. Texas Tech (82.03) … 16
 … 16 … 16 … 18 … #12 preseason
17. Kentucky (81.81) … 17
 … 19 … 19 … 19 … #14 preseason
18. Washington (81.32) … 18
 … 22 … 27 … 24 … #23 preseason
19. Duke (79.19) … 20
 … 17 … 21 … 28 … #26 preseason
20. Connecticut (77.07) … 23
 … 23 … 25 … 22 … #28 preseason
21. Minnesota (76.33) … 47
 … 47 … X … 40 … #38 preseason
22. Santa Clara (70.00) … 40
 … 40 … 43 … 48 … #36 preseason
23. Arizona (68.97) … 30
 … 28 … 30 … 33 … #39 preseason
24. Auburn (68.12) … 28
 … 21 … 22 … 21 … #29 preseason
25. Pepperdine (66.69) … 22
 … 15 … 23 … 16 … #16 preseason
26. LSU (64.63) … X … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50
27. South Florida (63.50) … 26 … 38 … 40 … 44 … #47 preseason
28. Washington State (62.27) … 24
 … 35 … 32 … 32 … #32 preseason
29. USC (62.00) … 29
 … 26 … 14 … 15 … #19 preseason
30. UCLA (60.77) … 27
 … 24 … 9 … 11 … #7 preseason
31. St. John’s (60.08) … 31
 … 39 … 35 … 38 … #35 preseason
32. DePaul (57.75) … 21
 … 25 … 20 … 20 … #22 preseason
33. Arizona State (56.25) … 19
 … 20 … 26 … 26 … #25 preseason
34. Ohio State (55.27) … 25
 … 27 … 28 … 31 … not in preseason top–50
35. Michigan (54.18) … 36
 … 34 … 38 … 39 … #31 preseason
36. Boston College (54.04) … 32
 … 32 … 31 … 27 … #33 preseason
37. Central Florida (UCF) (52.80) … 37
 … 29 … 29 … 30 … #17 preseason
38. Missouri (51.24) … 39
 … 41 … 39 … 37 … #34 preseason
39. Oklahoma (51.08) … X … X … 49 … X … #48 preseason
40. Northwestern (51.03) … 46 … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50
41. San Diego State (50.04) … 38 … 36 … 34 … 20 … not in preseason top–50
42. Mississippi (49.44) … X
 … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50
43. Loyola Marymount (49.33) … X
 … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50
44. Wisconsin (49.26) … 33
 … 31 … 18 … 12 … #21 preseason
45. Long Beach State (49.02) … 44
 … 30 … 42 … 47 … not in preseason top–50
46. Illinois (48.24) … 42
 … 42 … 33 … 42 … #46 preseason
47. Nebraska (47.77) … X … 48 … X … X … not in preseason top–50
48. Tennessee (46.57) … 43 … 49 … X … X … #41 preseason
49. William & Mary (46.42) … 34
 … 43 … 48 … 41 … not in preseason top–50
50. Oklahoma State (46.10) … X … X … X … 50 … #49 preseason

Next 5 – Texas, Seattle, Hofstra, Colorado and Tulsa

• Dropped Out of Top–50 (after week–5) … previous weeks:
35. Texas … 33 … 36 … 34 … #40 preseason
41. Tulsa
 … X … X … X … not in preseason top–50
45. Northeastern
 … 45 … X … X … #50 preseason
48. Oregon State
 … X … X … XX … not in preseason top–50
49. Georgetown
 … 50 … X … 45 … #27 preseason
50. Colorado
 … 44 … 45 … 35 … #30 preseason

• Dropped Out of Top–50 (after week–4) and have not returned to Top–50 … previous weeks:
37. Cal State Fullerton … 44 … X … not in preseason top–50
46. Arkansas … 37 … 36 … #42 preseason
(also #48 Nebraska, which now is back in Top–50

• Dropped Out of Top–50 (after week–3) and have not returned to Top–50 … previous weeks:
41. Maryland … 43 … #44 preseason
46. Iowa … 46 … #45 preseason
47. Harvard
 … 49 … not in preseason top–50
50. Marquette … X … not in preseason top–50
(also #49 Oklahoma, which now is back in the Top–50)

• Note: the three teams that dropped out of the top–50 after week–2 later returned (see above): 
– [40] Minnesota, [45] Georgetown (not current top–50) and [50] Oklahoma State

• Dropped Out of Top–50 (after week–1) and have not returned to Top–50 … previous weeks:
37. Kansas
43. Georgia
(also three that later returned to Top–50, see above: [41] Tennessee, [48] Oklahoma and [50] Northeastern)

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CNR WEEK–5 UPDATE (9/17/15): In the current update to CollegeSoccer360’s exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) for DI women’s soccer, the Atlantic Coast Conference now boasts the top-three teams – Virginia, Florida State and North Carolina (FSU and UNC both moved up one spot) – in addition to four of the top six, half of the top–10 and six among the top dozen (current #6 Notre Dame and #10 Virginia Tech each have bumped up one position, while Clemson remained 12th).

Penn State, coming off west-coast wins at Stanford and Santa Clara, has vaulted from 8th to 4th in the CNR, while West Virginia continued its climb after moving from 6th to 5th. Stanford, following the loss to PSU, slipped from 2nd to 7th while Texas A&M’s big win at Florida moved the Aggies from 10th to 8th and dropped the Gators from 5th to 9th. BYU slipped a bit outside the top–10, from 9th to 11th.

• COMING & GOING – Three teams have entered the CNR Top–50 for the first time this season: [41] Tulsa, [46] Northwestern and [48] Oregon State … with the following teams falling out of the Top–50: [37] Cal State Fullerton, [46] Arkansas and [48] Nebraska.

• MOVERS & SHAKERS – These four teams made the biggest moves within the Top–50:
South Florida #38 to #26
– Washington State #35 to #24
– William & Mary #43 to #34
– St. John’s #39 to #31

… and these four had the biggest drops (while still remaining in the Top–50):
– Long Beach State #30 to # 44
– UCF #29 to #37
– Pepperdine #15 to #22
– Auburn #21 to #28

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

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 41 teams)
• Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
• Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; top-60 teams)

• BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
• Our Game magazine rankings (OG; 31 teams)
plus small bonus for:
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls 
… ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten  |  SEC  |  Big 12  |  Big East 
WCC  |  AAC  |  Colonial  |  Mt. West  |  Big West

(Scroll down this page for further info. on the CNR top–50.)

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN – The current CNR Top–50 features the following breakdown (33 come from the top-4 conferences, 37 from the top-5 and nearly all, 46, from the top-8 leagues, with a total of only 11 conferences accounting for the entire Top–50):

• Pac-12 (10): 7–Stanford, 13–California, 18–Washington, 19–Ariz. St., 24–Washington St., 27–UCLA, 29–USC, 30–Arizona, 48–Oregon St.
& 50–Colorado
• 
ACC (8): 1–Virginia, 2–Florida State, 3–North Carolina, 
6–Notre Dame, 10–Virginia Tech, 12–Clemson, 20–Duke & 32–BC
• Big Ten (8): 4–Penn State, 15–Rutgers, 25–Ohio St., 33–Wisconsin,
36–Michigan, 42–Illinois, 46–Northwestern & 47–Minnesota
• 
SEC (7): 8–Texas A&M, 9–Florida, 14–South Carolina, 17–Kentucky, 28–Auburn, 39–Missouri & 43–Tennessee
• 
American Ath. (4): 23–UConn, 26–So. Florida, 37–UCF & 41–Tulsa
• Big 12 (3): 
5–West Virginia, 16–Texas Tech and 35–Texas
• WCC (3): 11–BYU, 22–Pepperdine & 40–Santa Clara
• 
BIG EAST (3): 21–DePaul, 31–St. John’s & 49–Georgetown
• 
Colonial (2): 34–William & Mary and 45–Northeastern
• 
Mountain West (1): 38–San Diego State
• 
Big West (1): 44–Long Beach State

… CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-14 seasons. Other ingredients – NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.


Division I Women’s Soccer Composite National Rankings (#5; Sept. 17, 2015)
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Rank. Team (Pts) … previous 
1. Virginia (99.29) … 1
2. Florida State (97.81) … 3
3. North Carolina (97.17) … 4
4. Penn State (91.60) … 8
5. West Virginia (92.46) … 6
6. Notre Dame (92.03) … 7
7. Stanford (98.04) … 2
8. Texas A&M (88.85) … 10
9. Florida (93.83) … 5
10. Virginia Tech (88.02) … 11
11. BYU (90.64) … 9
12. Clemson (87.86) … 12
13. California (86.09) … 13
14. South Carolina (83.38) … 14
15. Rutgers (80.03)… 18
16. Texas Tech (80.92) … 16
17. Kentucky (79.28) … 19
18. Washington (73.47) … 22
19. Arizona State (77.68) … 20
20. Duke (80.22) … 17
21. DePaul (71.11) … 25
22. Pepperdine (81.69) … 15
23. Connecticut (73.39) … 23
24. Washington State (55.94) … 35
25. Ohio State (66.42) … 27
26. South Florida (52.06) … 38
27. UCLA (72.23) … 24
28. Auburn (73.72)… 21
29. USC (69.19) … 26
30. Arizona (64.34) … 28
31. St. John’s (51.11) … 39
32. Boston College (59.12) … 32
33. Wisconsin (59.41) … 31
34. William & Mary (48.78) … 43
35. Texas (57.52) … 33
36. Michigan (56.02) … 34
37. UCF (62.11) … 29
38. San Diego State (54.64) … 36
39. Missouri (49.98) … 41
40. Santa Clara (50.39) … 40
41. Tulsa (49.82) … –
42. Illinois (49.39) … 42
43. Tennessee (44.72) … 49
44. Long Beach State (61.75) … 30
45. Northeastern (46.89) … 45
46. Northwestern (46.84) … –
47. Minnesota (46.65) … 47
48. Oregon State (46.49) … –
49. Georgetown (44.62) … 50
50. Colorado (47.88) … 44

Next 5 – Nebraska, Arkansas, CS Fullerton, Oklahoma State  and Ole Miss.

Dropped Out of Top–50:
37. Cal State Fullerton
46. Arkansas
48. Nebraska

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TOP TEAMS UNCHANGED; CNR WEEK–4 UPDATE (9/10/15) … 
– The top–four women’s soccer teams in the CollegeSoccer360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) – Virginia, Stanford, Florida State and North Carolina – remain unchanged from the previous week. Florida bumped up from 7th to 5th and BYU (up from 11th to 9th) entered the top–10, while West Virgina has moved up from 10th to 6th. Penn State dropped from 5th to 8th, current #7 Notre Dame slipped one spot and Texas A&M backed up from 8th to 10th. 

Graduation-depleted UCLA, coming off home losses to Virginia and Texas, took a big tumble out of the 10th (sliding from 9th all the way down to 24th). 

The five teams that have entered/returned to the CS360 Top–50 include: [45] Northeastern, [47] Minnesota, [48] Nebraska, [49] Tennessee and [50] Georgetown … with the following teams sliding outside the current Top–50): [41] Maryland, [46] Iowa, [47] Harvard, [49] Oklahoma and [50] Marquette.

These changes leave the following current breakdown by conference, within the CS360 Top–50):
• Pac-12: 9
• ACC: 8

• Big Ten: 8
• SEC: 8
• Big 12: 3
• WCC: 3
• BIG EAST: 3
• American Athletic: 3

• 
Big West: 2
• Colonial: 2
• Mountain West: 1

Three California teams made notable jumps within the CNR, led by Long Beach State’s climb from 42nd to 30th – plus Pepperdine from 23rd to 15th (with a notable tie vs. #1 UVa), and Cal State Fullerton bumping up from 44th to 37th. Teams suffering the biggest drops while still remaining in the Top–50 include: Wisconsin (#18 to #31), USC (#14 to #26), Illinois (#33 to #42) and Arkansas (#37 to #46).

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

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 41 teams)
• Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
• Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; top-60 teams)

• BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
• Our Game magazine rankings (OG; 30 teams)
plus small bonus for:
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls 
… ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten  |  SEC  |  Big 12  |  Big East 
WCC  |  AAC  |  Colonial  |  Mt. West  |  Big West

(Scroll down this page for further info. on the CNR top–50.)

… CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-14 seasons. Other ingredients – NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

Division I Women’s Soccer Composite National Rankings (#4; Sept. 10, 2015)

Rank. Team (Pts) … previous 
1. Virginia (99.29) … 1
2. Stanford (98.04) … 2

3. Florida State (97.81) … 3
4. North Carolina (97.17) … 4
5. Florida (93.83) … 7
6. West Virginia (92.46) … 10
7. Notre Dame (92.03) … 6
8. Penn State (91.60) … 5
9. BYU (90.64) … 11
10. Texas A&M (88.85) … 8
11. Virginia Tech (88.02) … 12
12. Clemson (87.86) … 13
13. California (86.09) … 17
14. South Carolina (83.38) … 15
15. Pepperdine (81.69) … 23
16. Texas Tech (80.92) … 16
17. Duke (80.22) … 21
18. Rutgers (80.03)… 24
19. Kentucky (79.28) … 19
20. Arizona State (77.68) … 26
21. Auburn (73.72)… 22
22. Washington (73.47) … 27
23. Connecticut (73.39) … 25
24. UCLA (72.23) … 9
25. DePaul (71.11) … 20
26. USC (69.19) … 14
27. Ohio State (66.42) … 28
28. Arizona (64.34) … 30
29. UCF (62.11) … 29
30. Long Beach State (61.75) … 42
31. Wisconsin (59.41) … 18
32. Boston College (59.12) … 31
33. Texas (57.52) … 36
34. Michigan (56.02) … 38
35. Washington State (55.94) … 32
36. San Diego State (54.64) … 34
37. Cal State Fullerton (54.31) … 44
38. South Florida (52.06) … 44
39. St. John’s (51.11) … 35
40. Santa Clara (50.39) … 43
41. Missouri (49.98) … 39
42. Illinois (49.39) … 33
43. William & Mary (48.78) … 48
44. Colorado (47.88) … 45
45. Northeastern (46.89) … –
46. Arkansas (46.68) … 37
47. Minnesota (46.65) … –
48. Nebraska (45.20) … –
49. Tennessee (44.72) … –
50. Georgetown (44.62) … –

Next 5 – Ole Miss, Northwestern, North Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State 

Dropped Out of Top–50:
41. Maryland
46. Iowa
47. Harvard 
49. Oklahoma 
50. Marquette

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CAVS NEW #1; CNR WEEK–3 UPDATE (9/3/15) 
– The unbeaten Virginia women have bumped up a spot to the top position in CollegeSoccer360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR), after previous #1 and defending NCAA champion Florida State dropped a 2–3 game at Florida (which remains at #7).

> Note: click on the following links for Gameday pages from the 2015 season (results for Top–50 & conference favorites):
Aug. 29–30  |  Aug. 24–28  |  Aug. 23  |  Aug. 21

… Current #2 Stanford also has moved up one spot, with FSU sliding to #3 while current [4] North Carolina and [5] Penn State flipped spots from the previous week (PSU played to a 0–0 result at home vs. current #21 Duke).

Notre Dame maintained its #6 position among the top–10, which is rounded out by [8] Texas A&M (up from 10th) and by two teams that have returned to the top–10: [9] UCLA and [10] West Virginia (those teams were #11 and #13 a week ago).

Virginia Tech (which played to a 1–1 result at home vs. Tennessee) slipped from 8th to #12, while South Carolina (#9 to #15) also tumbled outside the top–10, after a 2–1 loss at current [13] Clemson.

Here are the the three newcomers/returners to the CS360 Top–50:
[44] CS Fullerton: won 4–2 at Idaho State and 3–1 at Utah
[49] Oklahoma: won 2–0 at [50] OK St. and 4–0 at home vs. UALR
[50] Marquette: 3–4 home loss vs. Portland and 3–0 win vs. Boston Univ.

•  And the three that dropped out of the CS360 Top–50:
[40] Minnesota: 1–0 win vs. S.F. Austin and 0–1 loss at LSU
[45] Georgetown: 1–2 home  loss vs. UConn and 1–0 win vs. San Diego
[50] Oklahoma State: 0–2 home loss vs. Oklahoma and 4–0 win vs. Georgia

Up & Down The Ladder – these six teams moved up or down 7-plus spots within the CS360 Top–50:
Illinois (#42 to #33): 5–2 home win vs. TCU and 3–1 vs. St. Louis
Duke (#28 to #21): 0–0 result at Penn St. & 2–0 at home vs. W. & Mary
–––––
San Diego State (#20 to #34): 
0–2 loss at Cal
Colorado (#35 to #45): 0–2 loss at BYU and 4–0 home win vs. UNM
Pepperdine (#16 to #23): 2–0 win vs. Wisconsin & 0–1 loss vs. Iowa St.
William & Mary (#41 to #48): 3–0 win vs. ECU and 0–2 loss at Duke

(Scroll down for further breakdown of the CNR top–50.)

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

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 43 teams)
• Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
• Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; top-60 teams)

• BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
• Our Game magazine rankings (OG; 29 teams)
plus small bonus for:
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls 
… ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten  |  SEC  |  Big 12  |  Big East 
WCC  |  AAC  |  Colonial  |  Mt. West  |  Big West

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 the current CNR, the six core 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 current CNR top-50 features the following breakdown (32 of the 50 come from the top-4 conferences, 36 from the top-5 and 45 from the top-8, with a total of only 12 conferences accounting for the entire top–50):

• Pac-12 (9): 2–Stanford, 9–UCLA, 14–USC, 17–California,
26–Arizonas State, 27–Washington, 30–Arizona, 32–Washington State
& 45–Colorado
• 
ACC (8): 1–Virginia, 3–Florida State, 4–North Carolina, 
6–Notre Dame, 12–Virginia Tech, 13–Clemson, 21–Duke & 31–BC
• Big Ten (8): 5–Penn State, 18–Wisconsin, 24–Rutgers, 28–Ohio St.
33–Illinois, 38–Michigan, 41–Maryland & 46–Iowa
• 
SEC (7): 7–Florida, 8–Texas A&M, 15–South Carolina, 19–Kentucky, 22–Auburn, 37–Arkansas & 39–Missouri 
• Big 12 (4): 10–W. Virginia, 16–Texas Tech, 36–Texas & 49–Oklahoma 
• WCC (3): 11–BYU, 23–Pepperdine & 43–Santa Clara
• 
BIG EAST (3): 20–DePaul, 35–St. John’s & 50–Marquette
• 
American Athletic (3): 24–Connecticut, 29–UCF & 40–South Florida
• 
Big West (2): 42–Long Beach State & 44–Cal State Fullerton
Mountain West (1): 34–San Diego State
Ivy League (1): 47–Harvard
• Colonial (1): 48–William & Mary

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

… CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-14 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).

Division I Women's Soccer Composite National Rankings  (#3; Sept. 3, 2015)

Rank. Team (Pts) … previous 
1. Virginia (98.89) … 2
2. Stanford (96.26) … 3

3. Florida State (99.98) … 1
4. North Carolina (95.52) … 5
5. Penn State (95.98) … 4
6. Notre Dame (92.05) … 6
7. Florida (90.45) … 7
8. Texas A&M (89.25) … 10
9. UCLA (89.08) … 11

10. West Virginia (86.11) … 13
11. BYU (84.79) … 14
12. Virginia Tech (90.01) … 8
13. Clemson (80.92) … 17

14. USC (83.48) … 15
15. South Carolina (89.26) … 9
16. Texas Tech (80.05) … 18
17. California (70.19) … 23
18. Wisconsin (87.42) … 12
19. Kentucky (77.70) … 19
20. DePaul (74.61) … 20
21. Duke (64.23) … 28
22. Auburn (71.10)… 21
23. Pepperdine (83.26) … 16
24. Rutgers (66.18)… 25
25. Connecticut (70.82) … 22
26. Arizona State (65.80) … 26
27. Washington (67.06) … 24
28. Ohio State (60.65) … 31
29. UCF (63.01) … 30
30. Arizona (54.10) … 33
31. Boston College (64.91) … 27
32. Washington State (56.85) … 32
33. Illinois (50.22) … 42
34. San Diego State (63.26) … 20
35. St. John's (52.28) … 38
36. Texas (54.07) … 34
37. Arkansas (53.36) … 36
38. Michigan (51.76) … 39
39. Missouri (53.32) … 37
40. South Florida (47.92) … 44
41. Maryland (49.01) … 43
42. Long Beach State (45.93) … 47
43. Santa Clara (45.89) … 48
44. Cal State Fullerton (47.33) … –
45. Colorado (53.84) … 35
46. Iowa (46.97) … 46
47. Harvard (45.83) … 49
48. William & Mary (50.34) … 41
49. Oklahoma (44.82) … –
50. Marquette (44.80) … –

Next 5 – Oklahoma State, Northwestern, Minnesota, Kansas and Ole Miss

Dropped Out of Top–50:
40. Minnesota
45. Georgetown 
50. Oklahoma State

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CNR UPDATE FOLLOWING WEEK–1 … (8/27/15) – See the left-sidebar for update to CS360’s exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR), updated following the first weekend of the season.

Scroll down this page for in-depth preseason release, detailing various aspects of the CNR. … Here are some quick notes about the current updated Top–50:

Texas A&M bumped up a spot to join the Top–10, while UCLA fell from #7 to #11 after its season-opening loss at Long Beach State (which is one of five newcomers to the Top–50). Current #9 South Carolina and [13] West Virginia swapped places from the preseason Top–50.

• In addition to [47] Long Beach State (which followed its big win over UCLA with an overtime loss vs. CS360 #29 Auburn), there are four other newcomers to the Top–50:
– [
29] San Diego State (big win was 2–0 at #14 Kentucky)
– [31] Ohio State (knocked off #6 Florida)
– [41] William & Mary (posted win vs. #27 Georgetown, at JMU)
– [49] Harvard (begins play this week)

• And the five teams that have dropped out of the Top–50 (includes two each from the SEC and Big–12):
– [37] Kansas (lost 0–3 at Nebraska, then 0–0 game at Minnesota)
– [41] Tennessee (0–0 opener, at home, vs. Lipscomb)
– [43] Georgia (0–0 at High Point, then 0–4 at Wake Forest)
– [48] Oklahoma (1–2 at Furman, 1–2 at South Carolina)
– [50] Northeastern (1–4 at South Carolina, 3–1 at Furman)

• The Big Ten now has nine teams in the current Top–50 (matching the Pac 12 for most from any conference) … the number of SEC teams in the Top–50 dropped to seven, and the Big 12 now has only four … the Mountain West, Big West and Ivy League did not have any teams in the preseason Top–50.

… Here are links to the seven elements – six core factors and one small bonus – that were used for the CNR 2015 preseason formula:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 45 teams)
• Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
• Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; top-60 teams)

• BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
Our Game magazine rankings (OG; 28 teams)
plus small bonus for:
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls 
… ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten  |  SEC  |  Big 12  |  Big East 
WCC  |  AAC  |  Colonial  |  Mt. West  |  Big West

Division I Women's Soccer Composite National Rankings  (#2; Aug. 27, 2015)
Rank. Team (Pts) … previous 

1. Florida State (99.98) … 1
2. Virginia (98.89) … 2
3. Stanford (96.26) … 3
4. Penn State (95.98) … 4
5. North Carolina (95.52) … 5
6. Notre Dame (92.05) … 10
7. Florida (90.45) … 6
8. Virginia Tech (90.01) … 8
9. South Carolina (89.26) … 13
10. Texas A&M (89.25) … 11
11. UCLA (89.08) … 7
12. Wisconsin (87.42) … 21

13. West Virginia (86.11) … 9
14. BYU (84.79) … 20
15. USC (83.48) … 19
16. Pepperdine (83.26) … 16
17. Clemson (80.92) ... 18
18. Texas Tech (80.05) … 12
19. Kentucky (77.70) … 14
20. DePaul (74.61) ... 22
21. Auburn (71.10)… 29
22. Connecticut (70.82) ... 28
23. California (70.19) … 15
24. Washington (67.06) … 23
25. Rutgers (66.18)… 24
26. Arizona State (65.80) … 25
27. Boston College (64.91) … 33
28. Duke (64.23) … 26

29. San Diego State (63.26) … –
30. UCF (63.01) … 17
31. Ohio State (60.65) … –
32. Washington State (56.85) … 32

33. Arizona (54.10) … 39
34. Texas (54.07) … 40
35. Colorado (53.84) … 30
36. Arkansas (53.36) … 42
37. Missouri (53.32) … 34
38. St. John's (52.28) … 35
39. Michigan (51.76) … 31
40. Minnesota (51.16) … 38
41. William & Mary (50.34) … –
42. Illinois (50.22) … 46
43. Maryland (49.01) … 44
44. South Florida (47.92) … 47
45. Georgetown (47.40) … 27
46. Iowa (46.97) … 45
47. Long Beach State (45.93) … –
48. Santa Clara (45.89) … 36
49. Harvard (45.83) … –

50. Oklahoma State (44.76) … 59

Next 5 – Northwestern, Marquette, Tennessee, Utah and San Diego

Dropped Out of Top–50:
37. Kansas 
41. Tennessee 
43. Georgia 
48. Oklahoma 
50. Northeastern

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PLENTY OF FAMILIAR FACES (again) … (8/21/15) – CollegeSoccer360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) have returned for the eighth season in 2015, with defending NCAA champion Florida State a near-unanimous pick in the top spot, with 99.84 points in the 100-point scale. 

Virginia (98.84), the 2014 NCAA runner-up, occupies the No. 2 position in the 2015 preseason CNR, followed by Stanford (a 2014 NCAA semifinalist), Penn State and North Carolina. The balance of the preseason top-5 includes these teams (6th-10th): Florida, UCLA (which won the 2013 NCAA titles but graduated a whopping nine starters at the end of 2014), Virginia Tech and West Virgnia

Texas A&M was the other 2014 NCAA semifinalist that advanced all the way to Boca Raton a year ago, and the Aggies are narrowly outside the CNR presaeon top-10 at #11.

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

Here are links to the six elements – five core factors and one small bonus – that were used for the CNR 2015 preseason formula:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 35 teams)
• Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
• Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; preseason projected top-60)

• BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
plus small bonus for:
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls 
… ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten  |  SEC  |  Big 12  
Big East  |  WCC  |  AAC  |  Colonial

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 2015 preseason CNR, the five core 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 2015 preseason CNR top-50 features the following breakdown (34 of the 50 come from the top-4 conferences and 40 from the top-5, with a total of only nine conferences accounting for the entire top–50):

• Pac-12 (9): 3–Stanford, 7–UCLA, 15–California, 19–USC, 23–Washington, 25–Arizonas State, 30–Colorado, 32–Washington State & 39–Arizona
• 
SEC (9): 6–Florida, 11–Texas A&M, 13–South Carolina, 14–Kentucky, 29–Auburn, 34–Missouri, 41–Tennessee, 42–Arkansas & 43–Georgia, 
• ACC (8): 1–Florida State, 2–Virginia, 5–North Carolina, 8–Va. Tech, 10–Notre Dame, 18–Clemson, 26–Duke & 33–Boston College
• Big Ten (8): 4–Penn State, 21–Wisconsin, 24–Rutgers, 31–Michigan, 38–Minnesota, 44–Maryland, 45–Iowa & 46–Illinois
• Big 12 (6): 8–West Virginia, 12–Texas Tech, 37–Kansas, 40–Texas, 48–Oklahoma & 49–Oklahoma State
• WCC (3): 16–Pepperdine, 20–BYU & 36–Santa Clara
• 
American Athletic (3): 17–UCF, 28–Connecticut & 47–South Florida
• BIG EAST (3): 22–DePaul, 27–Georgetown & 35–St. John's
• 
Colonial (1): 50–Northeastern

(… One year ago, the conference breakdown for the 2014 preseason CNR top-50 was as follows: 10–Pac-12, 9–ACC, 8–SEC, 8–Big Ten, 5–Big 12, 3–WCC, 2–BIG EAST, 2–Mountain West, 1–AAC, 1–Summit and 1–Patriot. The 2013 preseason CNR top–50 included: 10 from the ACC, 9–Pac-12, 8–SEC, 6–Big Ten, 4–WCC, 4–Big 12, 3–BIG EAST, 2–Big West and one each from the Mt. West, Summit, Ivy and Mid-American).

The final CNR of the 2014 season – released in late Oct. (prior to the postseason) – featured seven teams that are not in the 2015 CNR preseason top-50: (29) San Diego State, (30) Florida Gulf Coast, (33) La Salle, (43) Colgate, (45) Boston Univ., (47) Alabama and (49) Utah. Seven other teams – (26) Duke, (30) Colorado, (35) St. John’s, (41) Tennessee, (44) Maryland, (48) Oklahoma and (50) Northeastern – were not in the final 2014 CNR top-50 (prior to the postseason) but now find themselves in the CNR top-50 entering 2015.

Several teams have made big jumps within the CNR top-50, when comparing their standing in the final 2014 CNR (prior to the postseason) to the 2015 preseason listing: 

• USC (#44 to #19), buoyed by the addition of Notre Dame transfer Morgan Andrews
• Connecticut (#50 to #28)
• Boston College (#46 to #33)
• Kentucky (#23 to #14)
• California (#24 to #15)

What a Difference a Year Makes – A considerable number of teams (15) that were among the 2014 CNR preseason top-50 are not in the CNR top-50 as we enter into 2015: (16) Portland, (17) Wake Forest, (19) Marquette, (24) Nebraska , (31) Mississippi, (33) Louisville, (34) Denver, (37) Utah, (38) Ohio State, (39) Baylor, (40) LSU, (41) Colorado College, (42) Iowa, (45) San Diego State and (47) Boston Univ.  

Additional analysis of the 2015 preseason CNR could be forthcoming.

CollegeSoccer 360 Women's Soccer Division I
Composite 
National Rankings #1 (preseason; Aug. 21, 2015)

Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous  (final 2014) 
1. Florida State (99.94) … 2
2. Virginia (98.84) … 4
3. Stanford (97.28) … 3
4. Penn State (96.51) … 6
5. North Carolina (94.58) … 5
6. Florida (93.63) … 8
7. UCLA (92.21) … 1
8. Virginia Tech (90.31) … 15
9. West Virginia (90.01) … 9
10. Notre Dame (89.84) … 10
11. Texas A&M (87.00) … 7
12. Texas Tech (85.41) … 14
13. South Carolina (84.59) … 16
14. Kentucky (82.87) … 23
15. California (81.89) … 24
16. Pepperdine (81.56) … 13
17. Central Florida/UCF (81.09) … 12
18. Clemson (80.96) … 17
19. USC (80.55) … 44
20. BYU (79.08) … 22
21. Wisconsin (78.81) … 11
22. DePaul (71.81) … 19
23. Washington (70.15) … 18
24. Rutgers (69.59)… 26
25. Arizona State (69.05) … 32
26. Duke (66.57) … 28
27. Georgetown (66.54) … 27
28. Connecticut (65.74) … 50
29. Auburn (64.28)… 31
30. Colorado (61.65) … –
31. Michigan (60.83) … 25
32. Washington State (58.26) … 20
33. Boston College (57.47) … 46
34. Missouri (56.06) … 39
35. St. John's (55.15) … –
36. Santa Clara (54.01) … 28
37. Kansas (53.81) … 21
38. Minnesota (53.11) … 42
39. Arizona (53.00) … 40
40. Texas (52.37) … 36
41. Tennessee (52.17) … –
42. Arkansas (51.11) … 41
43. Georgia (49.24) … 34
44. Maryland (48.81) … –
45. Iowa (48.10) … 37
46. Illinois (47.92) … 38
47. South Florida (47.78) … 48
48. Oklahoma (46.77) … –
49. Oklahoma State (46.76) … 35
50. Northeastern (45.50) … –

Next 5 – Alabama, Marquette, Ole Miss, Northwestern and San Diego State.

In final 2014 CNR top-50 (but not in 2015 preseason top-50):
29. San Diego State
30. Florida Gulf Coast
33. La Salle
43. Colgate
45. Boston Univ.
47. Alabama
49. Utah

editor@CollegeSoccer360.com