CS360 Composite Rankings – 2018 D-I women

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CS360 Composite National Rankings

Division I Women’s Soccer Composite National Rankings
(#2; Aug. 24, 2018)
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Rank. Team (pts) … Previous

1. Stanford (99.94) … 1 

2. UCLA (97.46) … 2

3. North Carolina (97.09) … 3 

4. Penn State (94.93) … 5 
5. Florida State (91.67) … 7 
6. South Carolina (91.24) … 6 
7. Florida (90.46) ... 9 
8. USC (90.17) … 10
9. Virginia (90.01) …  8
10. Texas A&M (89.85) ... 12
11. Duke (89.37) … 4  
12. Santa Clara (86.74) ... 13
13. Princeton (83.83) ... 14
14. N.C. State (82.51) ... 17

15. Notre Dame (82.14) ... 15 

16. West Virginia (81.22) ... 11  

17. UCF (79.36) ... 16

18. Tennessee (78.85) ... 21

19. Georgetown (77.43) … 19
20. Baylor (75.44) ... 22
21. California (75.17) ... 20 

22. Texas (74.45) ... 25

23. Wash. St. (72.13) ... 23

24. Rutgers (72.02) ... 26 

25. Auburn (67.16) … 36
26. Oklahoma St. (66.82) ... 29
27. Minnesota (64.37) ... 32
28. Northwestern (61.95) … 35
29. Pepperdine (58.94) … 18

30. Clemson (58.85) ... 31
31. Kansas (58.14) … X
32. Wisconsin (58.12) ... 34
33. Ohio State (57.84) ... 24

34. Nebraska (57.51) ... 37
35. Colorado (56.84) … 30
36. South Florida (55.96) ... 33
37. Arizona (55.26) … 27
38. Wake Forest (52.56) ... 28 

39. Arkansas (52.44) ... 44
40. Michigan (50.77) ... 39
41. Texas Tech (50.49) … X
42. Illinois (50.43) … X
43. Purdue (49.71) ... 41
44. Mississippi (49.41) ... 42 
45. Louisville (49.36) … 38
46. Vanderbilt (48.32) … 40

47. Boston College (47.62)…46

48. BYU (47.28) ... 45 
49. TCU (46.86) … 47

50. Butler (46.65) ... 48

Next 5 – Washington,
Mississippi State, Oregon,
UC Irvine & Missouri


Dropped Out After Week–1: 

43. Washington (48.50)

49. LMU (44.05)

50. Virginia Tech (43.07)

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(8/23/18 update – see left sidebar 
… ) – Three teams entered the CS360 Composite Top–50 (#31 Kansas, #41 Illinois & #42 Texas Tech), with these teams slipping outside the Top–50 after Opening Week: [43] Washington, [49] LMU & [50] Virginia Tech.

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PAC-12 DOMINATES THE TOP … (8/15/18) – CollegeSoccer360’s exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) have returned for the 11th season in 2018, with defending champion Stanford again opening the year in the top spot (99.46, on 100-point formula scale), followed by Pac-12 Conference rival and 2018 NCAA runner-up UCLA (95.99). 


The top–10 in the 2018 Preseason CNR includes three Pac-12 teams (also #10 USC) along with four from the always deep ACC: [3] North Carolina, [4] Duke, [7] Florida State and [8] Virginia. The balance of the top–10 features Big Ten annual power [5] Penn State, and a pair from the SEC: [6] South Carolina and [9] Florida.

 

(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 2017 preseason formula:

• Coaches poll  (United Soccer Coaches/NSCAA; top-25)
• Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-50)

• BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
• Our Game magazine rankings (OG; 25 teams)

plus small bonus for:

• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls: 
… Pac-12  |  ACC  |  Big Ten  |  SEC  |  Big 12  
Big East  |  WCC  |  AAC  |  Big West  |  Sun Belt  |  Atlantic Sun


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 2017 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). 









CONFERENCE CALL – The 2018 Preseason CNR Top–50 includes the following breakdown, by conference (nearly 75% of the Top–50, 36 teams, are from the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 or SEC … and all but 5 of the Top–50 are from one of six conferences: the above 4, plus the Big 12 and WCC) … 


• ACC (11): 3–North Carolina, 4–Duke, 7–Florida State, 8–Virginia, 15–Notre Dame, 17–N.C. State,
28–Wake Forest, 31–Clemson, 38–Louisville, 46–Boston College & 50–Virginia Tech
• 
Big Ten (9): 5–Penn State, 24–Ohio State, 26–Rutgers, 32–Minnesota, 34–Wisconsin, 35–Northwestern, 
29–Nebraska, 39–Michigan & 41–Purdue
• 
Pac-12 (8): 1–Stanford, 2–UCLA, 10–USC, 20–California, 23–Washington State, 27–Arizona,
30–Colorado, & 43–Washington 
• 
SEC (8): 6–South Carolina, 9–Florida, 12–Texas A&M, 21–Tennessee, 36–Auburn, 40–Vanderbilt
42–Ole Miss & 44–Arkansas, 
• Big 12 (5): 11–West Virginia, 22–Baylor, 25–Texas, 29–Oklahoma State & 47–TCU
• WCC (4): 
13–Santa Clara, 18–Pepperdine, 45–BYU & 49–Loyola Marymount
• 
American Athletic (2): 16–UCF & 33–South Florida
• 
BIG EAST (2): 19–Georgetown & 548–Butler
• 
Ivy League (1): 14–Princeton


>> Here’s an historical look at the CNR preseason Top–50, encompassing the past six seasons:

CS360 Preseason Composite Top–50 National Rankings for past six seasons
Conf.… 2018..2017..2016..2015..2014..2013.. 6–Year Total (2013–18)
ACC____11…...9..……8..…..8..……9…..10 ……. 55
Pac12___8…...10…….7
..…..9...….10.…..9 …...... 53
SEC____8….....7…..…7
..…..9……..8..….8 …...... 47
Big10___9….....8....….7
..…..8...……8…...6 …...... 46
Big12___5….....3..……3
..…..6…..…5…....4 …..... 26
WCC___ 4….....5..……4
..…..3..……3...….4 …..... 23
BigEast_ 2.........3..……1
..…..3..……2...….3 …..... 14
AAC____2..……2..……3
..…..3..……1.…...X …......11

BigWest_X..……1..……2..…..X.…….X……2 …...… 5

CAA____X..……X..……3..…..1……..X……X …...… 4

Ivy_____ 1..……X..……2..…..X……..X……1 …...… 4

MtWest__X..……X….…X...….X……..2……1 …...… 3

ASun___X..….…1..……1..…..X..……X……X …...… 2

SunBelt_X..….…1..……1..…..X……..X……X …...… 2

Summit__X..……X….…X..…..X……..1……1 ……... 2

CUSA___X..……X…..…1..…..X……..X……X …..… 1

Patriot___X..……X..…...X..…..X……..1……X …..… 1

MAC____X..……X..…...X..…..X……..X……1 …..… 1


Double-Digit Teams Recently in CNR Preseason Top-50 (2013–18):
11 – ACC in 2018
10 – Pac-12 in 2017

10 – Pac-12 in 2014

10 – ACC in 2013


Different Conferences in CNR Preseason Top–50:
2018 – 9
2017 – 11
2016 – 14
2015 – 9
2014 – 11
2013 – 12


What a Difference a Year Makes – 13 teams that were among the 2017 CNR preseason top-50 are not in the CNR top-50 as we enter into 2018: (16) Utah, (24) Oklahoma, (26) UConn, (27) Kansas, (t-32) Florida Gulf Coast, (t-32) South Alabama, (37) Long Beach State, (39) Memphis, (40) Missouri, (45) DePaul, (46) Oregon, (48) San Diego and (50) Marquette.


… One year ago, 12 teams that were among the 2016 CNR preseason top-50 were not in the 2017 preseason CNR top-50: (24) Texas Tech, (32) Princeton, (37) LSU, (38) South Florida, (40) UNC Wilmington, (41) CS Fullerton, (42) St. John’s, (43) Hofstra, (46) William & Mary, (47) Harvard, (48) North Texas and (49) UCF.

… And 2 years ago, a considerable number of teams (16) that were among the 2015 CNR preseason top-50 were not in the CNR top-50 entering 2016: (14) Kentucky, (22) DePaul, (25) Arizona State, (27) Georgetown, (30) Colorado, (37) Kentucky, (40) Texas, (41) Tennessee, (42) Arkansas, (43) Georgia, (44) Maryland, (45) Iowa, (46) Illinois, (49) Oklahoma State and (50) Northeastern.

… 3 years ago, there similarly were 15 teams that were among the 2014 CNR preseason top-50 but were not in the CNR top-50 as we entered 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.


These are the 13 teams in the 2017 CNR preseason Top–50 that were not 2016 preseason Top–50:

(14) Princeton

(16) UCF

(21) Tennessee

(22) Baylor

(25) Texas
(28) Wake Forest

(29) Oklahoma State
(30) Colorado

(33) South Florida

(38) Louisville

(40) Vanderbilt
(41) Purdue

(47) TCU
(48) Butler


 One year ago, there were 12 teams in the 2017 preseason Top–50 that were not part of the 2016 preseason Top–50: (7) Georgetown, (16) Utah, (18) Colorado, (23) Arkansas, (27) Kansas, (29) Nebraska, (39) Memphis, (41) NC State, (45) DePaul, (46) Oregon, (48) San Diego and (50) Marquette. 

… And 2 years ago, there were 16 teams in the 2016 preseason Top–50 that were not part of the 2015 preseason Top–50: (19) Ohio St., (28) Ole Miss, (30) LMU, (31) Princeton, (32) So. Alabama, (33) FGCU, (34) Northwestern, (37) LSU, (40) UNC Wilmington, (41) Fullerton, (43) Hofstra, (44) Long Beach, (46) William & Mary, (47) Harvard and (48) North Texas.   


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). 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 (#1; Aug. 16, 2018)

Rank. Team (pts)

1. Stanford (99.46) 

2. UCLA (95.99) 

3. North Carolina (95.33) 

4. Duke (94.04)  
5. Penn State (93.06) 
6. South Carolina (90.48) 

7. Florida State (89.30) 
8. Virginia (89.14) 
9. Florida (88.83) 
10. USC (88.29)

11. West Virginia (86.97)  
12. Texas A&M (86.02)

13. Santa Clara (83.65) 
14. Princeton (83.38) 
15. Notre Dame (81.57) 

16. UCF (80.20) 

17. North Carolina State (80.15)
18. Pepperdine (79.61)
19. Georgetown (76.80) 
20. California (75.84) 
21. Tennessee (73.22)
22. Baylor (72.84) 
23. Washington State (71.50) 
24. Ohio State (67.99) 

25. Texas (67.85) 

26. Rutgers (66.05)  

27. Arizona (65.44)
28. Wake Forest (65.36) 

29. Oklahoma St. (64.79)

30. Colorado (63.08)
31. Clemson (61.98) 
32. Minnesota (60.79)
33. South Florida (60.58)

34. Wisconsin (59.12)

35. Northwestern (56.76)
36. Auburn (56.03)
37. Nebraska (52.13)
38. Louisville (49.76)
39. Michigan (49.70)
40. Vanderbilt (49.45)
41. Purdue (49.37) 
42. Mississippi (49.12) 

43. Washington (48.50) 

44. Arkansas (47.34)
45. BYU (46.57) 
46. Boston College (45.79)

47. TCU (45.09)
48. Butler (44.21)  
49. LMU (44.05)

50. Virginia Tech (43.07) 

Next 5 – SMU, Indiana, Hofstra, Alabama & Milwaukee

  

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… and for quick reference, here was the 2017 CNR Preseason Top–50:


CollegeSoccer 360 Women's Soccer Division I
Composite 
National Rankings #1 (preseason; Aug. 17, 2017)

Rank. Team (pts) … Prev. (late in 2016 regular-season; mid-Oct.)
1. Stanford (99.40) … 3
2. West Virginia (98.80) … 1
3. USC (96.44)
 … 4
4. UCLA (95.12)
 … 9
5. North Carolina (94.53)
 … 18
6. South Carolina (93.46)
 … 2
7. Georgetown (93.20)
 … 8
8. BYU (92.10)
 … 6
9. Florida (92.00)
 … 13
10. Virginia (90.59)
 … 7
11. Florida State (90.20)
 … 14
12. Duke (89.26)
 … 5
13. Santa Clara (85.20)
 … 37
14. Clemson (85.05)
 … 12
15. Auburn (84.25)
 … 17
16. Utah (83.88)
 … 24
17. Notre Dame (82.92)
 … 11
18. Colorado (80.20)
 … 27
19. Penn State (79.00)
 … 15
20. Rutgers (78.06)
 … 25
21. Northwestern (77.53)
 … 23
22. California (76.56)
 … 10
23. Arkansas (72.32)
 … 19
24. Oklahoma (71.40)
 … 22
25. Minnesota (65.72)
 … 16
26. Connecticut (63.20)
 … 20
27. Kansas (60.10)
 … 30
28. Texas A&M (58.73)
 … –
29. Nebraska (58.58)
 … 31
30. Pepperdine (54.00)
 … 21
31. Loyola Marymount (52.30)
 … 29
32. Florida Gulf Coast (52.20)
 … –
32. South Alabama (52.20)
 … – 
34. Arizona (52.16)
 … 50 
35. Wisconsin (52.05)
 … 38
36. Mississippi (51.64)
 … –
37. Long Beach State (50.80)
 … 42
38. Ohio State (50.51)
 … 32
39. Memphis (49.80)
 … 40
40. Missouri (49.39)
 … 34
41. North Carolina State (49.38)
 … 33
42. Boston College (49.17)
 … 35
43. Virginia Tech (48.91)
 … 26
44. Michigan (48.59)
 … 28
45. DePaul (48.10)
 … –
46. Oregon (46.88)
 … – 
46. Washington State (46.88) … 48
48. San Diego (46.40)
 … 43
49. Washington (45.68) … –
50. Marquette (44.40) … 41

Next 5  – Baylor, Oregon State, Miami, Texas Tech and Wake Forest.

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