CS360 Composite Rankings – 2017 D-I women

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CS360 Composite National Rankings

Division I Women’s Soccer Composite National Rankings
(#7; Sept. 27, 2017)
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Rank. Team (pts) … Previous
1. Stanford (98.52) … 1–2–1–1–1–#1 pre.
2. UCLA (96.62) … 2–1–2–2–3–4
3. South Carolina (95.59) … 3–4–5–9–6–6 
4. Duke (95.32) … 4–3–11–10–12–12
5. North Carolina (95.25) … 5–9–6–8–5–5
6. Penn State (91.05) … 7–5–4–6–8–19
7. West Virginia (87.30) …6– 6–3–3–2–2
8. Princeton (86.89) … 11–16–27–x–x–x
9. Florida (86.81) … 9–8–9–5–9–9
10. Rutgers (86.20) … 8–12–8–17–21–20
11. Texas (85.21) … 21–22–37–49–x–x
12. California (84.95)..15–17–19–15–14–22
13. Notre Dame (84.37)..14–28–17–16–18–17
14. UCF (84.01) … 24–30–30–47–x–x
15. Florida St (83.37)..22–13–14–12–7–11
16. Georgetown (81.64)..16–15–16–11–11–7
17. USC (80.83)
 … 17–10–13–4–4–3
18. Texas A&M (80.32)..27–23–12–20–23–28
19. Mississippi (76.60) … 23–24–x–x–x–36
20. Virginia (76.17) … 10–7–10–7–10–10
21. Tennessee (76.16) … 19–27–x–x–x–x
22. Wisconsin (74.65)..12–14–23–33–40–35
23. Ohio St (74.19)..
28–21–25–29–33–38
24. Michigan (73.72)..33–48–38–30–31–44
25. Wake Forest (72.30)..13–18–15–24–43–x
26. Pepperdine (67.26)..26–31–31–38–38–30
27. Utah (66.10) … 25–19–18–14–16–16
28. Cincinnati (65.38) … 34–34–36–x–x–x
29. Clemson (62.57)..18–11–7–13–15–14
30. NC St. (61.86)..20–20–26–25–27–41
31. Oklahoma St. (61.72)..31–25–28–43–x–x
32. Santa Clara (59.31)..35–38–40–19–17–13
33. LSU (56.31) … 39–43–x–x–x–x
34. Purdue (56.01) … 32–49–x–x–x–x
35. Washington (55.65)..29–45–44–x–49–49
36. Butler (55.07) … 38–39–x–x–x–x
37. Minnesota (54.92)..40–33–33–31–30–25
38. Colorado (53.14)..44–44–24–18–22–18
39. Nebraska (53.04)..42–32–20–23–25–29
40. Auburn (53.01) … x–46–47–21–19–15
41. Northwestern (52.76)..45–x–45–26–20–21
42. LMU (52.40) … 37–42–41–42–42–31
43. Rice (51.99) … x–x–x–x–x–x
44. Arizona (50.82) … x–x–x–x–x–x
45. Baylor (50.03) … 41–x–50–x–47–x 
46. Wash. St. (48.16)..43–41–35–41–36–47
47. Alabama (48.02) … 30–26–34–36–x–x
48. Boston College (47.92)..x–x–x–48–44–42
49. L. Beach (47.75)49–47–46–32–32–37
50. Marquette (46.39)..46–40–43–45–x–50

Next 5 – Kansas, Auburn, FGCU, Maryland & Arizona

• Dropped Out (after week–6):
36. St. Louis (55.54) … 36–50–x–x–x–x

47. Va. Tech (48.30)
..47–36–29–37–41–43
48. Memphis (48.16) … 48–29–22–28–29–39
50. BYU (47.06) … 50–50–39–22–13–8

• Dropped Out (after week–5):
37. Kansas (46.99) … 37–21–34–39–27
46. Auburn (46.64) … 46–47–21–19–15

• Dropped Out (after week–4):
32. SMU (57.77) … 32–39–37–x
42. Arkansas (52.60) … 42–27–24–23 
45. Northwestern (48.99) … 45–26–20–21 
48. CS Fullerton (47.14) … 48–x–x–x
49. Iowa (46.02) … 49–x–x–x
50. TCU (45.61) … 50–x–47–x 

• Dropped Out (after week–3)
35. Oklahoma (56.30) … 35–28–24
40. Arizona (51.65) … 40–34–34
44. Connecticut (48.60) … 44–26–26
46. Missouri (48.12) … 46–35–40
48. Boston College (47.07) … 48–44–42
50. Baylor (45.97) 
… 50–45–x

• Dropped Out (after week–2)
46. Miami (45.97) 
… 46 … –
47. TCU (45.84) … 47 … –
48. DePaul (45.07) … 48 … 45
49. Washington (44.81) … 49 … 49
50. Louisville (44.56) … 50 … –

• Dropped Out (after week–1)
32. Florida Gulf Coast (52.20) … 32
32. South Alabama (52.20) … 32
36. Mississippi (51.64) … 36
46. Oregon (46.88) … 46
48. San Diego (46.40) … 48
50. Marquette (44.40) … 50
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(9/27/17 update – see left sidebar 
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(9/20/17 update – see below … formula includes the criteria listed below, plus the addition of official NCAA RPI)
Division I Women’s Soccer
 Composite National Rankings
(#6; Sept. 20, 2017)
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Rank. Team (pts) … Previous
1. Stanford (98.46) … 2–1–1–1–#1 preseason
2. UCLA (95.18) … 1–2–2–3–4
3. South Carolina (94.91) … 4–5–9–6–6 
4. Duke (94.06) … 3–11–10–12–12
5. North Carolina (93.52) … 9–6–8–5–5
6. West Virginia (90.33) … 6–3–3–2–2
7. Penn State (89.77) … 5–4–6–8–19
8. Rutgers (88.98) … 12–8–17–21–20
9. Florida (88.49) … 8–9–5–9–9
10. Virginia (84.07) … 7–10–7–10–10
11. Princeton (83.92) … 16–27–x–x–x
12. Wisconsin (83.62) … 14–23–33–40–35
13. Wake Forest (83.28) … 18–15–24–43–x
14. Notre Dame (82.18) … 28–17–16–18–17
15. California (81.35) … 17–19–15–14–22
16. Georgetown (81.02) … 15–16–11–11–7
17. USC (80.03)
 … 10–13–4–4–3
18. Clemson (79.88) 
… 11–7–13–15–14
19. Tennessee (78.35) … 27–x–x–x–x
20. N.C. State (77.42) … 20–26–25–27–41
21. Texas (76.62) … 22–37–49–x–x
22. Florida State (75.27) … 13–14–12–7–11
23. Mississippi (72.95) … 24–x–x–x–36
24. UCF (69.03) … 30–30–47–x–x
25. Utah (67.09) … 19–18–14–16–16
26. Pepperdine (66.54) … 31–31–38–38–30
27. Texas A&M (66.49) … 23–12–20–23–28
28. Ohio State (64.40) … 21–25–29–33–38
29. Washington (62.38) … 45–44–x–49–49
30. Alabama (59.28) 
… 26–34–36–x–x
31. Oklahoma St. (55.87) … 25–28–43–x–x
32. Purdue (58.02) … 49–x–x–x–x
33. Michigan (57.51) 
… 48–38–30–31–44
34. Cincinnati (56.64) … 34–36–x–x–x
35. Santa Clara (56.13) … 38–40–19–17–13
36. St. Louis (55.54) … 50–x–x–x–x
37. LMU (55.27) … 42–41–42–42–31
38. Butler (53.91) … 39–x–x–x–x
39. LSU (53.31) … 43–x–x–x–x
40. Minnesota (52.93)…33–33–31–30–25
41. Baylor (52.62) … x–50–x–47–x 
42. Nebraska (51.81) … 32–20–23–25–29
43. Wash. St. (51.65) … 41–35–41–36–47
44. Colorado (50.87) … 44–24–18–22–18
45. Northwestern (50.21)..x–45–26–20–21
46. Marquette (49.99) … 40–43–45–x–50
47. Virginia Tech (48.30) … 36–29–37–41–43
48. Memphis (48.16) … 29–22–28–29–39
49. Long Beach (47.98)47–46–32–32–37
50. BYU (47.06) … 50–39–22–13–8

Next 5 – Kansas, Auburn, FGCU, Maryland & Arizona

• Dropped Out (after week–5):

37. Kansas (46.99) … 37–21–34–39–27
46. Auburn (46.64) … 46–47–21–19–15

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(9/13/17) – The mid-Sept. update to CS360’s exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) formula has UCLA and fellow Pac-12 power Stanford holding down the top two spots, followed by Duke, South Carolina, Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina and USC to round out the current top–10.

Ole Miss (#24) has returned to the CS360 Top–50, joined by five newcomers: [27] Tennessee, [39] Butler, [43] LSU, [49] Purdue and [50] St. Louis … while the following six teams have slipped outside the Top–50: [33] SMU, [42] Arkansas, [45] Northwestern, [48] Cal State Fullerton, [49] Iowa and [50] TCU.

The top–10 currently features three teams from both the Pac-12 and ACC, plus two SEC along with one each from the Big Ten and Big 12.

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 poll (TDS; top–31)

• BennettRank computerized listing (top-60)
* Massey Ratings (top–60)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com power rankings (TDS; top–60)
plus small bonus for:
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls: 
… Pac-12  |  ACC  |  Big Ten  |  SEC
Big 12
 
|  Big East  |  WCC  |  AAC
Big West
  |  A-10
  |  Sun Belt  |  Atlantic Sun

The current CNR Top-50 features the following breakdown (nearly 70%, 33 of the 50, come from the top-4 conferences, and the top–6 conferences account for 41 of the current top–50 … with a total of only 11 conferences accounting for the entire top–50):

• ACC (9): 3–Duke, 7–Virginia, 9–UNX,
11–Clemson, 13–Florida State, 18–Wake Forest, 20–North Carolina State,
28–Notre Dame & 36–Virginia Tech
• 
Pac-12 (8): 1–UCLA, 2–Stanford,
10–USC, 17–Cal, 19–Utah, 41–Wash. St., 44–Colorado & 45–Washington 
• 
SEC (8): 4–South Carolina, 8–Florida, 
23–Texas A&M, 24–Ole Miss, 26–Alabama, 27–Tennessee, 43–LSU & 46–Auburn
• 
Big Ten (8): 5–Penn State, 12–Rutgers, 14–Wisconsin, 21–Ohio St, 32–Nebraska, 33–Minnesota, 48–Michigan & 49–Purdue
• Big 12 (4): 
6–West Virginia, 22–Texas,
25–Oklahoma St. & 37–Kansas
• WCC (4): 31–Pepperdine, 35–BYU,
38–Santa Clara & 42–LMU
• 
BIG EAST (3): 15–Georgetown, 39–Butler & 40–Marquette
• 
American Athletic (3): 29–Memphis,
30–UCF & 34–Cincinnati
• 
Ivy (1): 16–Princeton
• 
Big West (1): 47–Long Beach State
Atlantic 10
 (1): 50–St. Louis

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
(#5; Sept. 13, 2017)
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Rank. Team (pts) … Previous
1. UCLA (97.35) … 2–2–3–#4 preseason
2. Stanford (97.97) … 1–1–1–1
3. Duke (85.24) … 11–10–12–12
4. South Carolina (91.30) … 5–9–6–6 
5. Penn State (93.12) … 4–6–8–19
6. West Virginia (93.95) … 3–3–2–2
7. Virginia (85.65) … 10–7–10–10
8. Florida (86.76) … 9–5–9–9
9. North Carolina (90.50) 
… 6–8–5–5
10. USC (82.10) … 13–4–4–3
11. Clemson (89.28) … 7–13–15–14
12. Rutgers (87.07) … 8–17–21–20
13. Florida State (80.84) … 14–12–7–11
14. Wisconsin (74.85) … 23–33–40–35
15. Georgetown (79.06) … 16–11–11–7
16. Princeton (64.51) … 27–x–x–x
17. California (75.81) … 19–15–14–22
18. Wake Forest (79.23) … 15–24–43–x
19. Utah (78.12) … 18–14–16–16
20. N.C. State (66.44) … 26–25–27–41
21. Ohio State (69.66) … 25–29–33–38
22. Texas (55.56) … 37–49–x–x
23. Texas A&M (82.93)
 … 12–20–23–28
24. Mississippi (66.53) … x–x–x–36
25. Oklahoma St. (63.98) … 28–43–x–x
26. Alabama (56.61) … 34–36–x–x
27. Tennessee (61.04) … x–x–x–x
28. Notre Dame (78.04) … 17–16–18–17
29. Memphis (75.38) 
… 22–28–29–39
30. UCF (60.68) … 30–47–x–x
31. Pepperdine (59.91) … 31–38–38–30
32. Nebraska (75.54)
 … 20–23–25–29
33. Minnesota (57.10) … 33–31–30–25
34. Cincinnati (55.95) … 36–x–x–x
35. BYU (54.09) … 39–22–13–8
36. Virginia Tech (62.06) … 29–37–41–43
37. Kansas (75.44)
 … 21–34–39–27
38. Santa Clara (54.03) … 40–19–17–13
39. Butler (51.41) … x–x–x–x
40. Marquette (51.80) … 43–45–x–50
41. Wash. St. (56.46) … 35–41–36–47
42. LMU (53.22) … 41–42–42–31
43. LSU (49.32) … x–x–x–x
44. Colorado (74.28) … 24–18–22–18
45. Washington (49.79) … 44–x–49–49
46. Auburn (48.36) … 47–21–19–15
47. L.Beach St. (48.86) … 46–32–32–37
48. Michigan (54.84) … 38–30–31–44
49. Purdue (46.41) … x–x–x–x
50. St. Louis (45.75) … x–x–x–x


Next 5 – Fullerton, SMU, Northwestern, Arkansas & Milwaukee

• Dropped Out (after week–4)
32. SMU (57.77) … 32–39–37–x
42. Arkansas (52.60) … 42–27–24–23 
45. Northwestern (48.99) … 45–26–20–21 
48. CS Fullerton (47.14) … 48–x–x–x
49. Iowa (46.02) … 49–x–x–x
50. TCU (45.61) … 50–x–47–x 
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(9/6/17) – .Division I Women’s Soccer Composite National Rankings  (#4; Sept. 6, 2017)

Rank. Team (pts) … Previous
1. Stanford (97.97) … 1–1–#1 preseason
2. UCLA (97.35) … 2–3–4
3. West Virginia (93.95) … 3–2–2
4. Penn State (93.12) … 6–8–19
5. South Carolina (91.30) … 9–6–6 
6. North Carolina (90.50) 
… 8–5–5
7. Clemson (89.28) … 13–15–14
8. Rutgers (87.07) … 17–21–20
9. Florida (86.76) 
… 5–9–9
10. Virginia (85.65) … 7–10–10
11. Duke (85.24) 
… 10–12–12
12. Texas A&M (82.93) … 20–23–28
13. USC (82.10)
 … 4–4–3
14. Florida State (80.84) … 12–7–11
15. Wake Forest (79.23) … 24–43–x
16. Georgetown (79.06) 
… 11–11–7
17. Notre Dame (78.04) 
… 16–18–17
18. Utah (78.12) … 14–16–16
19. California (75.81) 
… 15–14–22
20. Nebraska (75.54) … 23–25–29
21. Kansas (75.44) … 34–39–27
22. Memphis (75.38) … 28–29–39
23. Wisconsin (74.85) … 33–40–35
24. Colorado (74.28) … 18–22–18
25. Ohio State (69.66) … 29–33–38
26. N.C. State (66.44) … 25–27–41
27. Princeton (64.51) … x–x–x
28. Oklahoma State (63.98) … 43–x–x
29. Virginia Tech (62.06) … 37–41–43
30. UCF (60.68) … 47–x–x
31. Pepperdine (59.91) … 38–38–30
32. SMU (57.77) … 39–37–x
33. Minnesota (57.10) … 31–30–25
34. Alabama (56.61) … 36–x–x
35. Washington St. (56.46) … 41–36–47
36. Cincinnati (55.95) … x–x–x
37. Texas (55.56) … 49–x–x
38. Michigan (54.84) … 30–31–44
39. BYU (54.09) … 22–13–8
40. Santa Clara (54.03) 
… 19–17–13
41. LMU (53.22) … 42–42–31
42. Arkansas (52.60) … 27–24–23 
43. Marquette (51.80) … 45–x–50
44. Washington (49.79) … x–49–49
45. Northwestern (48.99) … 26–20–21 
46. Long Beach St. (48.86) … 32–32–37
47. Auburn (48.36) 
… 21–19–15
48. CS Fullerton (47.14) … x–x–x
49. Iowa (46.02) … x–x–x
50. TCU (45.61) … x–47–x

Next 5 – Tennessee, St. Louis, Ole Miss,
Louisville & Texas Tech.

• Dropped Out (after week–3)
35. Oklahoma (56.30) … 35–28–24
40. Arizona (51.65) … 40–34–34
44. Connecticut (48.60) … 44–26–26
46. Missouri (48.12) … 46–35–40
48. Boston College (47.07) … 48–44–42
50. Baylor (45.97) 
… 50–45–x

• Dropped Out (after week–2)
46. Miami (45.97) 
… 46 … –
47. TCU (45.84) … 47 … –
48. DePaul (45.07) … 48 … 45
49. Washington (44.81) … 49 … 49
50. Louisville (44.56) … 50 … –

• Dropped Out (after week–1)
32. Florida Gulf Coast (52.20) … 32
32. South Alabama (52.20) … 32
36. Mississippi (51.64) … 36
46. Oregon (46.88) … 46
48. San Diego (46.40) … 48
50. Marquette (44.40) … 50

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(8/30/17) – 

Division I Women’s Soccer 
Composite National Rankings
(#3; Aug. 30, 2017)
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Rank. Team (pts) … Previous (after week–1 … preseason)
1. Stanford (98.08) … 1 … #1 preseason
2. UCLA (97.73) … 3 … 4
3. West Virginia (96.90) … 2 … 2
4. USC (94.45) … 4 … 3
5. Florida (94.04) … 9 … 9
6. Penn State (93.95) … 8 … 19
7. Virginia (93.68) … 10 … 10
8. North Carolina (92.71) 
… 5 … 5
9. South Carolina (91.11) 
… 6 … 6 
10. Duke (89.46) … 12 … 12
11. Georgetown (88.90) 
… 11 … 7
12. Florida State (88.61) 
… 7 … 11
13. Clemson (88.26) … 15 …. 14
14. Utah (84.26) … 16 … 16
15. California (81.33) 
… 14 … 22
16. Notre Dame (80.92) 
… 18 … 17
17. Rutgers (80.59) … 21 … 20
18. Colorado (78.97) … 22 … 18
19. Santa Clara (72.84) … 17 … 13
20. Texas A&M (72.52) … 23 … 28
21. Auburn (70.57) 
… 19 … 15
22. BYU (69.72) 
… 13 … 8
23. Nebraska (69.31) … 25 … 29
24. Wake Forest (68.49) … 43 … –
25. N.C. State (68.29) … 27 … 41
26. Northwestern (67.10)
 … 20 … 21
27. Arkansas (61.71)
 … 24 … 23  
28. Memphis (60.77) 
… 29 … 39
29. Ohio State (59.87) … 33 … 38
30. Michigan (59.68) … 31 … 44
31. Minnesota (59.40) 
… 30 … 25
32. Long Beach State (57.84) … 32 … 37
33. Wisconsin (57.34) … 40 … 35
34. Kansas (56.33) … 39 … 27
35. Oklahoma (56.30) 
… 28 … 24
36. Alabama (54.47) … – …. –
37. Virginia Tech (53.91) … 41 … 43
38. Pepperdine (53.46) … 38 … 30
39. SMU (53.11) … 37 … –
40. Arizona (51.65) … 34 … 34
41. Washington State (49.81) … 36 … 47
42. LMU (49.40) … 42 … 31
43. Oklahoma State (49.27) … – …. –
44. Connecticut (48.60) … 26 … 26
45. Marquette (48.55) … – …. 50
46. Missouri (48.12) … 35 … 40
47. UCF (47.59) … – …. –
48. Boston College (47.07) … 44 … 42
49. Texas (46.04) … – …. –
50. Baylor (45.97) 
… 45 … –

Next 5 – CS Fullerton, UC Irvine, Ole Miss, CS Northridge & FAU.

• Dropped Out (after week–2)

46. Miami (45.97) 
… 46 … –
47. TCU (45.84) … 47 … –
48. DePaul (45.07) … 48 … 45
49. Washington (44.81) … 49 … 49
50. Louisville (44.56) … 50 … –

• Dropped Out (after week–1)
32. Florida Gulf Coast (52.20) … 32
32. South Alabama (52.20) … 32
36. Mississippi (51.64) … 36
46. Oregon (46.88) … 46
48. San Diego (46.40) … 48
50. Marquette (44.40) … 50

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(8/23/17) – 

Division I Women’s Soccer Composite National Rankings
(#2; Aug. 23, 2017)
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Rank. Team (pts) … Previous (preseason)
1. Stanford (99.37) … 1
2. West Virginia (98.53) … 2
3. UCLA (95.69) … 4
4. USC (95.66) … 3
5. North Carolina (94.26) … 5
6. South Carolina (93.03) … 6 
7. Florida State (92.63) … 11
8. Penn State (92.42) … 19
9. Florida (91.91) … 9
10. Virginia (90.28) … 10
11. Georgetown (89.49) 
… 7
12. Duke (89.30) … 12
13. BYU (86.46) 
… 8
14. California (85.66) … 22
15. Clemson (85.23) … 14
16. Utah (84.40) … 16
17. Santa Clara (82.86) 
… 13
18. Notre Dame (81.29) … 17
19. Auburn (79.72) 
… 15
20. Northwestern (78.64) … 21
21. Rutgers (78.26) … 20
22. Colorado (76.78) … 18
23. Texas A&M (70.98) … 28
24. Arkansas (69.18)
 … 23  
25. Nebraska (63.85) … 29
26. Connecticut (63.32) 
… 26
27. N.C. State (61.51) … 41
28. Oklahoma (60.17) 
… 24
29. Memphis (60.00) … 39
30. Minnesota (59.12) 
… 25
31. Michigan (58.73) … 44
32. Long Beach State (54.50) … 37
33. Ohio State (54.17) … 38
34. Arizona (53.59) … 34
34. Missouri (53.59) … 40
36. Washington State (52.95) … 47
37. SMU (50.83) … –
38. Pepperdine (50.80) … 30
39. Kansas (49.90) … 27
40. Wisconsin (49.32) … 35
41. Virginia Tech (49.18) … 43
42. LMU (48.70) … 31
43. Wake Forest (46.61) … –
44. Boston College (46.20) … 42
45. Baylor (46.16) … –
46. Miami (45.97) … –
47. TCU (45.84) … –
48. DePaul (45.07) … 45
49. Washington (44.81) … 49
50. Louisville (44.56) … –

Next 5 – Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Oregon, William & Mary, CS Fullerton.

• Dropped Out (after week–1)
32. Florida Gulf Coast (52.20) … 32
32. South Alabama (52.20) … 33
36. Mississippi (51.64) … 36
46. Oregon (46.88) … 46
48. San Diego (46.40) … 48
50. Marquette (44.40) … 50

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PAC-12 DOMINATES THE TOP … (8/17/17) – CollegeSoccer360’s exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) have returned for the 10th season in 2017, with Stanford narrowly holding down the top spot in front of West Virginia. The Cardinal have 99.40 points on the CNR 100-point scale, followed by WVU (98.80), USC (96.44) and UCLA (95.12) … giving the Pac-12 Conference three of the top-four teams.

The rest of the CNR preseason top-10 includes (5th thru 10th): North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgetown, BYU, Florida and Virginia. In addition to the three Pac-12 teams, the top-10 features two Atlantic Coast Conference teams and two from the Southeastern Conference, plus one each from the Big 12, BIG EAST and West Coast Conference. 

(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

Note that the coaches poll (for this week only) does not include the usual “others receiving votes,” not indication of the voting points totals (which also factor into the CNR formula to provide more separation between the teams). CS360 contacted the coaches association and was told that these features of the poll will return next week.

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). 

The 2017 preseason CNR Top-50 features the following breakdown (nearly 70%, 34 of the 50, come from the top-4 conferences, with a total of only 11 conferences accounting for the entire top–50):

• Pac-12 (10): 1–Stanford, 3–USC, 4–UCLA, 16–Utah, 18–Colorado, 22–Cal, 34–Arizona, 46–Oregon, 47–Washington St. & 49–Washington 
• 
ACC (9): 5–North Carolina, 10–Virginia, 11–Florida State, 12–Duke, 14–Clemson, 17–Notre Dame, 41–N.C. St, 42–BC & 43–Virginia Tech
• 
Big Ten (8): 19–Penn State, 20–Rutgers, 21–Northwestern,
25–Minnesota, 29–Nebraska, 35–Wisconsin, 38–Ohio St. & 44–Mich.
• 
SEC (7): 6–South Carolina, 9–Florida, 15–Auburn, 23–Arkansas,
28–Texas A&M, 36–Ole Miss & 40–Missouri
• WCC (5): 8–BYU, 13–Santa Clara, 30–Pepperdine, 31–LMU
& 48–San Diego
• Big 12 (3): 2–West Virginia, 24–Oklahoma & 27–Kansas
• 
BIG EAST (3): 7–Georgetown, 45–DePaul & 50–Marquette
• 
American Athletic (2): 26–Connecticut & 39–Memphis
• 
Atlantic Sun (1): 32–Florida Gulf Coast
• 
Sun Belt (1): 33–South Alabama
• 
Big West (1): 37–Long Beach State

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


CS360 Preseason Composite Top–50 National Rankings for past five seasons
Conf.… 2017..2016..2015..2014..2013.. 5–Year Total (2013–17)
Pac12__10..……7
..…..9..….10……9 ….. 45
ACC____9..……8..…..8..……9…..10 ….. 44
SEC____7..……7
..…..9……..8…….8 ….. 39
Big10___8….….7
..…..8..……8…….6 ….. 37
Big12___3..……3
..…..6..……5…….4 ….. 21
WCC___ 5..……4
..…..3..……3…….4 ….. 19
BigEast_ 3..……1
..…..3..……2…….3 ….. 12
AAC____2..……3
..…..3..……1…….X …… 9
BigWest_1..……2
..…..X.…….X……2 …… 5
CAA____X..……3
..…..1……..X……X …… 4
Ivy_____ X..……2
..…..X……..X……1 …… 3
MtWest__X..……X
..….X……..2……1 …… 3
ASun___1..….…1
..…..X..……X……X …… 2
SunBelt_1..….…1
..…..X……..X……X …… 2
Summit__X….…X
..…..X……..1……1 …… 2
CUSA___X….…1
..…..X……..X……X …… 1
Patriot___X..…..X
..…..X……..1……X …… 1
MAC____X..…..X
..…..X……..X……1 …… 1


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

The final CNR of the 2016 season – released in late Oct. (prior to the postseason) – featured seven teams that are not in the 2017 CNR preseason top-50: (36) Baylor, (39) Louisville, (44) Princeton, (45) Portland, (46) Bucknell, (47) UC Santa Barbara and (49) SMU. Seven other teams – (28) Texas A&M, (32) Florida Gulf Coast, (32) South Alabama, (36) Mississippi, (45) DePaul, (46) Oregon and (49) Washington – were not in the final (late-Oct.) 2016 CNR top-50 but now find themselves in the CNR top-50 entering 2016.

And one year earlier, the final CNR of the 2015 season – released in early Nov. (prior to the postseason) – featured four teams that are not in the 2016 CNR preseason top-50: (40) Cincinnati, (43) Arizona State, (46) San Diego State and (47) Georgetown. Four other teams – (22) UCLA , (33) Florida Gulf Coast, (35) Pepperdine and (47) Harvard – were not in the final 2015 CNR top-50 (prior to the postseason) found themselves in the CNR top-50 entering 2016.

… Two years ago, the final CNR of the 2014 season featured seven teams that were 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 found themselves in the CNR top-50 entering 2015. 

What a Difference a Year Makes – Twelve teams that were among the 2016 CNR preseason top-50 are not in the CNR top-50 as we enter into 2016: (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.

… One year 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.

… And two 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.

There are 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 one year ago, there were 16 teams in the 2016 preseason Top–50 that were not part of the 2015 preseason Top–50: (19) Ohio State, (28) Ole Miss, (30) LMU, (31) Princeton, (32) South Alabama, (33) Florida Gulf Coast, (34) Northwestern, (37) LSU, (40) UNC Wilmington, (41) CS Fullerton, (43) Hofstra, (44) Long Beach State, (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).

Additional analysis of the 2017 preseason CNR is forthcoming.


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.

editor@CollegeSoccer360.com