Composite Nat'l Rankings

CS360 Composite National Rankings #11
(Oct. 26, 2010)

Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous
1. Stanford (99.69) ... 1

2. Portland (98.11) ... 3

3. North Carolina (96.64) ... 2

4. Notre Dame (95.01) ... 4

5. Virginia (92.99) ... 6

6. Maryland (92.53) ... 8

7. Texas A&M (92.46) ... 9

8. Florida (91.82) ... 11

9. Florida State (91.41) ... 10

10. Boston College (89.09) ... 7

11. Oregon State (87.40) ... 15

12. Marquette (87.27) ... 14

13. Oklahoma State (86.45) ... 5

14. Ohio State (84.87) ... 12

15. UC Irvine (84.66) ... 16

16. Santa Clara (84.59) ... 13

17. So. Carolina (83.23) ... 19

18. Hofstra (80.52) ... 21

19. West Virginia (78.80) ... 23

20. Illinois (78.72) ... 18

21. BYU (77.06) ... 17

22. New Mexico (71.12) ... 22

23. NC Greensboro (74.68) .. 24

24. Duke (74.18) ... 38

25. Wake Forest (73.37) ... 33

26. USC (72.106) ... 27

27. Denver (71.60) ... 29

28. Texas (70.23) ... 34

29. UCLA (69.87) ... 20

30. Central Florida (69.65)...32

31. Wisconsin (69.39) ... 39

32. Georgetown (68.84) ... 36

33. Arizona State (67.38) ... 28

34. Washington (62.76) ... 35

35. Georgia (62.35) ... 26

36. Minnesota (62.35) ... 30

37. Dayton (60.72) ... 25

38. Memphis (55.32) ... 40

39. Auburn (54.68) ... –

40. Boston Univ. (52.93) ... 45

41. California (52.65) ... 31

42. Nebraska (51.70) ... 43

43. Miami (51.47) ... 46

44. Toledo (50.64) ... -

45. Michigan State (49.74) ... 41

46. Long Beach St. (48.45) ... 47

47. Virginia Tech (47.30) ... 42

48. San Diego (47.29) ... 37

49. South Florida (46.78) ... –

50. Michigan (46.75) ... – 

CNR ARCHIVE  (also scroll down)

CNR UPDATE #11 (10/26/10) – Top team Stanford and #4 Notre Dame maintained their spots in the most recent update of the CS360 Composite National Rankings, while current #2 Portland and #3 North Carolina flipped positionss (following UNC's home loss to a Maryland team that has improved from #8 to #6 in the CNR).

Two other ACC teams – current #5 Virginia and #9 Florida State – each bumped up a spot in the CNR, while Texas A&M moved from #9 to #7 and Florida returned to the top-10 (#11 to #8). Yet another ACC squad, Boston College, dropped back but narrowly stayed in the top-10 (#7 to #10) – while losses to Texas A&M and Texas sent Oklahoma State from #5 to #13.

The 2010 CNR formula currently includes the following nine criteria:
• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS)
• RPI factor (combination of Official NCAA RPI placement and www.ncsoccer.com's Unadjusted RPI raw calculation numbers (not placements).
• 
Massey Overall Ratings  (MAS)
• 
Massey Power Ratings  (MAS-P)
Past-8 Games factor (max. bonus/penalty of 1 pt. on the 100-pt scale)
... the CNR now includes a combined RPI number, merging the official NCAA RPI and the unadjusted RPI from www.ncsoccer.com (which includes actual RPI calculation numbers, as opposed to only 1-2-3-4, etc., placements).
 
Four teams have entered/re-entered the CNR top-50: returners Auburn (#39) and Toledo (#44), along with newcomers South Florida (#49) and Michigan (#50). The four teams that have rotated out of the top-50: previous #44 Texas Tech, #48 Columbia, #49 Penn State and #50 Connecticut.

Three teams made noteworthy one-week moves up the CNR: Duke (#38 to #24), Wake Forest (#33 to #25) and Wisconsin (#39 to #31) ... while a few others (along with Oklahoma St.) dropped significantly down the CNR: Dayton (#25 to #37), San Diego (#37 to #48), California (#31 to #41), UCLA (#20 to #29) and Georgia (#26 to #35).

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

The current CNR top-10 includes five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (UNC-VA-BC-MD-FSU) and one each from the Pac-10 (STAN), WCC (PORT), BIG EAST (ND), Big-12 (A&M) and SEC (FL). Based on the CNR, the teams currently best in line for the #1 seeds in the NCAAs (16 total; typical host teams on first weekend) include the five from the ACC, and two each from the Big 12 (also OkSt), Pac-10 (also OR-St), BIG EAST (also Marquette) and WCC (also Santa Clara), along with the SEC's Florida, plus Ohio St. (Big Ten) and UC Irvine (Big West).

The current CNR top-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:
• Nine from the ACC (UNC, VA, BC, MD, FSU, Duke, Wake, Miami, VT) 
• Seven from the Pac-10 (STAN, OR-St, USC, UCLA, ASU, WA, Cal)
• Six from the Big Ten (OSU, ILL, WIS, MN, MSU, MICH)  
• Five from the BIG EAST (ND, MARQ, WVU, GU, USF) 
• Four from the Big 12 (A&M, OK-St, TX, NEB) 
• Four from the SEC (FL, SC, GA, AUB) 
• Three from the WCC (PORT, SCU, USD) 
• Two from C-USA (UCF, MEM) 
• Two from Mt. West (BYU, NM)
• Two from the Big West (UCI, LBSU)  
• One from the Colonial (HOF) 
• One from the A-10 (DAY)
• One from the SoCon (UNCG) 
• One from the Sunbelt (DU) 
• One from the Northeast (Boston Univ.)
• One from the Mid-American (Toledo)

A full rundown of each team's standings in the various polls (as posted in earlier CNR updates) may be added to this release, time permitting.

Notes on CS360's Composite National Rankings formula (created by Pete LaFleur): The CNR closely resembles the composite national rankings on CS360's sister site, CollegeBaseball360.com. The CNR currently consists of an average of four polls/ratings (more factors to be added as season progresses) and four computerized ratings (plus a bonus/penalty for record over past-8 games). 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 39 is added to yield the score on the handy 100-point scale. ... The reason 39 now is added (instead of 40) is the potential for teams to receive up to a 1.0-point bonus for record over past-8 games (bonus for teams better than 4--4-0 over past-8, penalty for lower than 4-4-0 ... a team 8-0-0 in past-8 gets a 1.0 bonus; 7-1-0 has a bonus of 0.75; 3-5-0 receives a 0.25 penalty, etc.; with ties factoring as half a win).

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

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CNR UPDATE #10 (10/19/10) – The top-4 teams (Stanford-UNC-Portland-ND) maintained their spots in the most recent update of the CS360 Composite National Rankings (as did #9 Texas A&M), while Virginia made a jump from #10 to #6 and Oklahoma State bumped up from #6 to #5. Three teams slipped back in the top-10: Boston College (#5 to #7), Maryland (#7 to #8) and Florida State (#8 to #10).

The 2010 CNR formula currently includes the following criteria (each weighted equally):
• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS)
• RPI factor (combination of Official NCAA RPI placement and www.ncsoccer.com's Unadjusted RPI raw calculation numbers (not placements).
• 
Massey Overall Ratings (MAS)
• 
Massey Power Ratings (MAS-P)
... the CNR now includes a combined RPI number, merging the official NCAA RPI and the unadjusted RPI from www.ncsoccer.com (which includes actual RPI calculation numbers, as opposed to only 1-2-3-4, etc., placements).
 
Five teams have entered/re-entered the CNR top-50: #46 Miami, #47 Long Beach St., #48 Columbia (first time in top-50), #49 Penn St. and #50 Connecticut. The teams that have rotated out of the top-50: #39 Siena, #43 Auburn, #46 LMU, #47 Pepperdine and #50 Rutgers.

Teams that made noteworthy moves up the CNR from the previous week included: Oregon St. (#36 to #15), New Mexico (#40 to #22), West Virginia (#37 to #23), Georgia (#34 to #26), Dayton (#32 to #25) and Michigan St. (#48 to #41) ... while a few others dropped significantly down the CNR: Virginia Tech (#25 to #42), Minnesota (#17 to #30) and Central Florida (#22 to #32).

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

The current CNR top-10 includes five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (UNC-VA-BC-MD-FSU), two Big-12 squads (OkSt-A&M) and one each from the Pac-10 (STAN), WCC (PORT) and BIG EAST (ND). Based on the CNR, the teams currently best in play for the #1 seeds in the NCAAs (16 total; typical host teams on first weekend) include five from the ACC, and two each from the Big 12, Pac-10 (also OR-St), BIG EAST (also Marquette) and WCC (also Santa Clara), plus Florida (SEC), Ohio St. (Big Ten) and UC Irvine (Big West).

The current CNR top-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:
• Nine from the ACC (UNC, VA, MD, BC, FSU, VT, Wake, Duke, MIA) 
• Seven from the Pac-10 (STAN, OR-St, UCLA, USC, ASU, Cal, WA)
• Six from the Big Ten (OSU, ILL, MN, WIS, MSU, PSU)  
• Five from the Big 12 (OK-St, A&M, TX, NEB, TT) 
• Five from the BIG EAST (ND, MARQ, WVU, GU, UConn) 
• Three from the SEC (FL, SC, GA) 
• Three from the WCC (PORT, SCU, USD) 
• Two from C-USA (UCF, MEM) 
• Two from Mt. West (BYU, NM)
• Two from the Big West (UCI, LBSU)  
• One from the Colonial (HOF) 
• One from the A-10 (DAY)
• One from the SoCon (UNCG) 
• One from the Sunbelt (DU) 
• One from the Northeast (Boston Univ.)
• One from the Ivy League (Columbia)

A full rundown of each team's standings in the various polls (as posted in earlier CNR updates) may be added to this release, time permitting.

CS360 Composite National Rankings #10
(Oct. 19, 2010)

Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous
1. Stanford (99.75) ... 1

2. North Carolina (98.65) ... 2

3. Portland (97.60) ... 3

4. Notre Dame (95.60) ... 4

5. Oklahoma State (93.24) ... 6

6. Virginia (92.36) ... 10

7. Boston College (91.79) ... 5

8. Maryland (90.84) ... 7

9. Texas A&M (90.56) ... 9

10. Florida State (90.44) ... 8

11. Florida (89.50) ... 11

12. Ohio State (87.22) ... 15

13. Santa Clara (84.43) ... 16

14. Marquette (84.35) ... 19

15. Oregon State (82.52) ... 36

16. UC Irvine (82.27) ... 20

17. BYU (81.50) ... 12

18. Illinois (80.74) ... 18

19. So. Carolina (80.00) ... 13

20. UCLA (78.74) ... 14

21. Hofstra (78.53) ... 23

22. New Mexico (78.30) ... 40

23. West Virginia (73.25) ... 37

24. NC Greensboro (72.52) .. 24

25. Dayton (71.56) ... 32

26. Georgia (69.45) ... 34

27. USC (69.13) ... 21

28. Arizona State (68.27) ... 26

29. Denver (68.24) ... 28

30. Minnesota (67.72) ... 17

31. California (67.01) ... 31

32. Central Florida (66.31)...22

33. Wake Forest (64.01) ... 27

34. Texas (63.86) ... 38

35. Washington (62.88) ... 29

36. Georgetown (60.90) ... 30

37. San Diego (59.51) ... 42

38. Duke (58.66) ... 35

39. Wisconsin (58.63) ... 33

40. Memphis (58.54) ... 45

41. Michigan State (54.79) ... 48

42. Virginia Tech (53.75) ... 25

43. Nebraska (53.40) ... 41

44. Texas Tech (53.09) ... 44

45. Boston Univ. (50.25) ... 49

46. Miami (49.81) ... –

47. Long Beach St. (49.02) ... –

48. Columbia (48.24) ... –

49. Penn State (46.35) ... –

50. Connecticut (45.97) ... –


Notes on CS360's Composite National Rankings formula (created by Pete LaFleur): The CNR closely resembles the composite national rankings on CS360's sister site, CollegeBaseball360.com. The CNR currently consists of an average of four polls/ratings (more factors to be added as season progresses) and four computerized ratings. The CNR point totals ultimately are scaled to a convenient 100-point format.

In the raw formula, a #1-ranked team in any of the polls/ratings typically receives 60 points, the #2 team gets 59, etc. The Soccer America poll is the most basic in this regard, as it has a top-25 and no "also receiving votes" teams. When two or more teams are tied for one spot, they receive an equal share of the combined points for those spots. In the end, each team can receive a a maximum of 60 CNR points from each of the seven polls/ratings. That total then is divided by seven and 40 is added to yield the score on the handy 100-point scale.

One wrinkle within the CNR formula credits teams based on voting or rating "points" in certain polls/ratings (in addition to their spots on the list). By using this correction, teams that have virtually the same number of voting points then will receive nearly the same amount of credit in the CNR (conversely, teams that have a wider margin in votes or rating points will have a bigger gap in their credits within the CNR formula). The RPI number used in the CNR formula includes a combination of the official NCAA RPI placements (1 thru 50; counts 75% to the RPI formula for the CNR) and the unadjusted RPI on www.nc-soccer.com (contributes 25% to the RPI factor in the CNR, but these are actual RPI calculation numbers rather than placement numbers). 


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CNR UPDATE #9 (10/12/10) – With the end of the regular season now only a couple weeks away, there was less volatility in the most recent update of the  CS360 Composite National Rankings, as many teams are starting to solidify their spots in the projected NCAA Championship field. In the top quadrant of the CNR top-50, Stanford and North Carolina still hold the respective #1 and #2 spots, while #3 Portland and #4 Notre Dame each have moved up a spot (Boston College slipped from #3 to #5, after loses to Maryland and Virginia Tech).

Elsewhere in the CNR top-10, Oklahoma State continued to creep up (#7 to #6) and Texas A&M bumped up from #10 to #9 (swapping spots with current #10 Virginia). Maryland has jumped into the top-10 (#12 to #7), with Florida falling from #6 to #11 due to its loss against Auburn.

The 2010 CNR formula currently includes the following criteria (each weighted equally):
• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS)
• RPI factor (combination of Official NCAA RPI placement and www.ncsoccer.com's Unadjusted RPI raw calculation numbers (not placements).
• 
Massey Overall Ratings (MAS)
• 
Massey Power Ratings (MAS-P)
... the CNR wnow includes a combined RPI number, merging the official NCAA RPI and the unadjusted RPI from www.ncsoccer.com (which includes actual RPI calculation numbers, as opposed to only 1-2-3-4, etc., placements).
 
Three teams have re-entered the CNR top-50: #43 Auburn, #48 Michigan State and #50 Rutgers. The teams that have rotated out of the top-50: #45 Milwaukee, #47 Baylor and #49 Louisville.

A couple teams made noteworthy moves up the CNR from the previous week: Virginia Tech (#41 to #25), Washington (#40 to #29) and West Virginia (#48 to #37)... while others dropped significantly down the CNR: Duke (#24 to #35), San Diego (#32 to #42) and California (#23 to #31). 

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

The current CNR top-10 includes five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (UNC-BC-MD-FSU-VA), two Big-12 squads (OkSt-A&M) and one each from the Pac-10 (STAN), WCC (PORT) and BIG EAST (ND). Based on the CNR, the teams currently best in play for the #1 seeds in the NCAAs (16 total; typical host teams on first weekend) include five from the ACC, and two each from the Big 12, Pac-10 (also UCLA), SEC (FL-SC) and WCC (also Santa Clara), plus ND from the BIG EAST, BYU (Mt. West) and Ohio State (Big Ten).   

The current CNR top-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:
• Eight from the ACC (UNC, BC, MD, FSU, VA, VT, Wake, Duke) 
• Seven from the Pac-10 (STAN, UCLA, USC, ASU, WA, Cal, OR-St) 
• Five from the Big 12 (OK-St, A&M, TX, NEB, TT) 
• Five from the BIG EAST (ND, MARQ, GU, WVU, RUT) 
• Five from the WCC (PORT, SCU, USD, LMU, PEP) 
• Five from the Big Ten (OSU, MN, ILL, WIS, MSU) 
• Four from the SEC (FL, SC, GA, AUB) 
• Two from C-USA (UCF, MEM) 
• Two from Mt. West (BYU, NM) 
• One from the Colonial (HOF) 
• One from the A-10 (DAY)
• One from the SoCon (UNCG) 
• One from the Big West (UCI) 
• One from the Mideastern Athletic/MAAC (Siena) 
• One from the Sunbelt (DU) 
• One from the Northeast (Boston Univ.)

A full rundown of each team's standings in the various polls (as posted in earlier CNR updates) may be added to this release, time permitting.

CS360 Composite National Rankings #9
(Oct. 12, 2010)

Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous
1. Stanford (99.85) ... 1

2. North Carolina (98.21) ... 2

3. Portland (97.82) ... 4

4. Notre Dame (96.35) ... 5

5. Boston College (92.44) ... 3

6. Oklahoma St. (92.35) ... 7

7. Maryland (91.83) ... 12

8. Florida State (90.97) ... 8

9. Texas A&M (90.12) ... 10

10. Virginia (89.91) ... 9

11. Florida (88.64) ... 6

12. BYU (87.18) ... 11

13. So. Carolina (86.00) ... 14

14. UCLA (83.21) ... 13

15. Ohio State (82.02) ... 17

16. Santa Clara (81.86) ... 18

17. Minnesota (81.69) ... 15

18. Illinois (80.28) ... 16

19. Marquette (79.59) ... 20

20. UC Irvine (78.93) ... 21

21. USC (76.80) ... 22

22. Central Florida (74.86)...19

23. Hofstra (70.88) ... 26

24. NC Greensboro (70.31) .. 27

25. Virginia Tech (69.54) ... 41

26. Arizona St. (67.9) ... 25

27. Wake Forest (67.64) ... 29

28. Denver (65.79) ... 28

29. Washington (65.31) ... 40

30. Georgetown (63.64) ... 33

31. California (63.52) ... 23

32. Dayton (62.75) ... 30

33. Wisconsin (61.91) ... 34

34. Georgia (61.14) ... 38

35. Duke (60.96) ... 24

36. Oregon St. (60.88) ... 31

37. West Virginia (59.34) ... 48

38. Texas (59.16) ... 36

39. Siena (58.10) ... 35

40. New Mexico (57.70) ... 37

41. Nebraska (56.11) ... 39

42. San Diego (55.83) ... 32

43. Auburn (53.62) ... -

44. Texas Tech (53.41) ... 43

45. Memphis (53.23) ... 44

46. LMU (52.51) ... 42

47. Pepperdine (52.18) ... 46

48. Michigan State (50.51) ... -

49. Boston Univ. (50.43) ... 50

50. Rutgers (50.11) ... -


Notes on CS360's Composite National Rankings formula (created by Pete LaFleur): The CNR closely resembles the composite national rankings on CS360's sister site, CollegeBaseball360.com. The CNR currently consists of an average of four polls/ratings (more factors to be added as season progresses) and four computerized ratings. The CNR point totals ultimately are scaled to a convenient 100-point format.

In the raw formula, a #1-ranked team in any of the polls/ratings typically receives 60 points, the #2 team gets 59, etc. The Soccer America poll is the most basic in this regard, as it has a top-25 and no "also receiving votes" teams. When two or more teams are tied for one spot, they receive an equal share of the combined points for those spots. In the end, each team can receive a a maximum of 60 CNR points from each of the seven polls/ratings. That total then is divided by seven and 40 is added to yield the score on the handy 100-point scale.

One wrinkle within the CNR formula credits teams based on voting or rating "points" in certain polls/ratings (in addition to their spots on the list). By using this correction, teams that have virtually the same number of voting points then will receive nearly the same amount of credit in the CNR (conversely, teams that have a wider margin in votes or rating points will have a bigger gap in their credits within the CNR formula). The RPI number used in the CNR formula includes a combination of the official NCAA RPI placements (1 thru 50; counts 75% to the RPI formula for the CNR) and the unadjusted RPI on www.nc-soccer.com (contributes 25% to the RPI factor in the CNR, but these are actual RPI calculation numbers rather than placement numbers). 

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CNR UPDATE #8 (10/5/10) – Stanford sits atop the CS360 Composite National Rankings for the first time this season, moving up after previous #1 Boston College's loss to Virginia. North Carolina – the other team that has been #1 in the CNR this season – has edged ahead of BC as the #2 team, while current #4 Portland has swapped spots with new #5 Notre Dame.

Two teams (#6 Florida and #9 Virginia) have maintained their spots in the top-10, while Oklahoma State has moved up from #8 to #7, Florida State now is #8 (up from #10) and Texas A&M is back in the top-10 (#12 to #10) – taking the spot of UCLA (which fell from #7 to #13). 

The 2010 CNR formula currently includes the following criteria (each weighted equally):
• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS)
Official NCAA RPI
• 
Massey Overall Ratings (MAS)
• 
Massey Power Ratings (MAS-P)
... starting next week, the CNR will include a composite RPI number combining the official NCAA RPI and the unadjusted RPI from ncsoccer.com (which includes actual RPI calculation numbers, as opposed to only 1-2-3-4, etc., placements).
 
Six teams have entered/re-entered the CNR top-50: #34 Wisconsin, #37 New Mexico, #41 Virginia Tech, #46 Pepperdine, #47 Baylor and #48 West Virginia (all but Pepperdine and Baylor previously have been ranked in the CNR top-50 this season). The teams that have rotated out of the top-50: Colorado (38), Auburn (44), UTEP (46), Toledo (47), Alabama (38) and Iowa (49).

A couple teams made noteworthy moves up the CNR from the previous week: San Diego (#50 to #32), Marquette (#35 to #20) and Dayton (#40 to #30) ... while others dropped significantly down the CNR: Louisville (#26 to #49), Milwaukee (#36 to #45), USC (#14 to #22), Georgia (#31 to #38) and Boston Univ. (#43 to #50).

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

The current CNR top-10 includes four teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (UNC-BC-FSU-VA), two Big-12 squads (OkSt-A&M) and one each from the Pac-10 (STAN), WCC (PORT), BIG EAST (ND) and SEC (FL). Based on the CNR, the teams currently best in play for the #1 seeds in the NCAAs (16 total; typical host teams on first weekend) include five from the ACC (also MD), and two each from the Big 12, Pac-10 (also UCLA), Big Ten (MN-ILL) and SEC (also SC), plus the WCC's Portland, ND from the BIG EAST and BYU (Mt. West).   

The current CNR top-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:
• Eight from the ACC (UNC, BC, FSU, VA, MD, Duke, Wake, VT) 
• Seven from the Pac-10 (STAN, UCLA, USC, Cal, ASU, OR-St, WA) 
• Six from the Big 12 (OK-St, A&M, TX, NEB, TT, BAY) 
• Five from the BIG EAST (ND, MARQ, GU, WVU, LOU) 
• Five from the WCC (PORT, SCU, USD, LMU, PEP) 
• Four from the Big Ten (MN, ILL, OSU, WIS) 
• Three from the SEC (FL, SC, GA) 
• Two from C-USA (UCF, MEM) 
• Two from Mt. West (BYU, NM) 
• One from the Colonial (HOF) 
• One from the A-10 (DAY)
• One from the SoCon (UNCG) 
• One from the Big West (UCI) 
• One from the Mideastern Athletic/MAAC (Siena) 
• One from the Sunbelt (DU) 
• One from the Northeast (Boston Univ.)
• One from the Summit (MIL)

CS360 Composite National Rankings #8
(Oct. 5, 2010)
Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous
1. Stanford (99.01) ... 2
2. North Carolina (97.48)...3
3. Boston College (97.04)...1
4. Portland (96.20) ... 5
5. Notre Dame (95.64) ... 4
6. Florida (92.99) ... 6
7. Oklahoma St. (89.97)...8
8. Florida State (89.92) ... 10
9. Virginia (89.78) ... 9
10. Texas A&M (86.06) ... 12
11. BYU (85.66) ... 15
12. Maryland (84.89) ... 11
13. UCLA (83.44) ... 7
14. So. Carolina (82.75) ... 17
15. Minnesota (80.97) ... 13
16. Illinois (79.73) ... 18
17. Ohio State (78.39) ... 23
18. Santa Clara (77.71) ... 16
19. Central Florida (77.19)...19
20. Marquette (76.66) ... 35
21. UC Irvine (76.58) ... 21
22. USC (75.68) ... 14
23. California (73.61) ... 20
24. Duke (70.74) ... 22
25. Arizona St. (69.96) ... 27
26. Hofstra (69.89) ... 24
27. NC Greensboro (68.10) .. 28
28. Denver (61.47) ... 29
29. Wake Forest (61.39) ... 25
30. Dayton (60.32) ... 40
31. Oregon St. (59.72) ... 34
32. San Diego (58.47) ... 50
33. Georgetown (58.27) ... 30
34. Wisconsin (58.26) ... -
35. Siena (57.71) ... 39
36. Texas (57.43) ... 32
37. New Mexico (57.41) ... -
38. Georgia (57.36) ... 31
39. Nebraska (54.87) ... 33
40. Washington (53.86) ... 41
41. Virginia Tech (53.49) ... -
42. LMU (53.10) ... 45
43. Texas Tech (52.97) ... 37
44. Memphis (52.45) ... 42
45. Milwaukee (52.18) ... 36
46. Pepperdine (51.93) ... -
47. Baylor (50.69) ... -
48. West Virginia (50.05) ... -
49. Louisville (47.82) ... 26
50. Boston Univ. (47.09) ... 43


A full rundown of each team's standings in the various polls (as posted in earlier CNR updates) may be added to this release, time permitting.

Notes on CS360's Composite National Rankings formula (created by Pete LaFleur): The CNR closely resembles the composite national rankings on CS360's sister site, CollegeBaseball360.com. The CNR currently consists of an average of four polls/ratings (more factors to be added as season progresses) and three computerized ratings. The CNR point totals ultimately are scaled to a convenient 100-point format.

In the raw formula, a #1-ranked team in any of the polls/ratings typically receives 60 points, the #2 team gets 59, etc. The Soccer America poll is the most basic in this regard, as it has a top-25 and no "also receiving votes" teams. When two or more teams are tied for one spot, they receive an equal share of the combined points for those spots. In the end, each team can receive a a maximum of 60 CNR points from each of the seven polls/ratings. That total then is divided by seven and 40 is added to yield the score on the handy 100-point scale.

One wrinkle within the CNR formula credits teams based on voting or rating "points" in certain polls/ratings (in addition to their spots on the list). By using this correction, teams that have virtually the same number of voting points then will receive nearly the same amount of credit in the CNR (conversely, teams that have a wider margin in votes or rating points will have a bigger gap in their credits within the CNR formula).

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CNR UPDATE #7 (9/29/10) – The results of two elite-team showdowns (BC's 3-2 win at UNC and Stanford's 2-1 victory over Portland) resulted in those two winners vying for the top spot in CollegeSoccer360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR). With seven different ingredients factoring into the current formula (see below), Boston College and Stanford each received #1 nods from various polls and power ratings – with BC earning the slight edge to move atop the current CNR.

The 2010 formula currently includes the following criteria (each weighted equally):
• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST)
• TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS)
Unadjusted RPI (from www.nc-soccer.com)
Massey Overall Ratings (MAS)
Massey Power Ratings (MAS-P)

Boston College (98.70 pts on the CNR 100-pt scale) entered this week listed #1 by Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer, in addition to holding the top spot in the Massey overall and power rankings (plus #2 in the other two polls and the NCS unadjusted RPI). ... Stanford (97.88) is #1 per the NSCAA and Soccer Times coaches polls, #2 in the other two polls and Massey overall, and #3 in both the NCS RPI and Massey Power. The relatively low CNR point differential between BC and Stanford (0.82) is one of the lowest between the #1 and #2 teams, in the three-year history of CS360's Composite National Rankings.

Stanford has been locked in the CNR's #2 spot all season, while BC and North Carolina swapped the #1 and #3 spots from a week ago (as did current #4 Notre Dame and #5 Portland). Texas A&M's loss to Colorado dropped the Aggiees from #6 to #12 while Santa Clara dropped from #8 to #16 (after a loss to UCLA), allowing several teams to move up: Florida (#7 to #6), UCLA (#11 to #7), Oklahoma St. (#10 to #8), Virginia (#12 to #9) and Florida St. (#13 to #10). Maryland currently grades out low in the computerized numbers (ranging from #22 to #25 in all three) and thus has slipped slightly out of the CNR top-10 (#9 to #11).
 
Five teams have entered/re-entered the CNR top-50: #38 Colorado, #43 Boston Univ., #46 UYEP, #47 Toledo and #48 Alabama (BU previously has been ranked in the CNR top-50 this season). The teams that have rotated out of the top-50: Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, West Virginia and Connecticut.

Several teams made noteworthy moves up the CNR from the previous week: Denver (#43 to #29), UC Irvine (#32 to #21), Milwaukee (#45 to #36), Hofstra (#33 to #24) and UNC Greensboro (#37 to #28) ... while others (such as the aforementioned Santa Clara) dropped significantly down the CNR: San Diego (#30 to #50), Auburn (#26 to #44), Oreton St. (#21 to #34) and Texas (#23 to #32).

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

The current CNR top-10 includes four teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (BC-UNC-VA-FSU), two Pac-10 squads (STAN-UCLA) and one each from the BIG EAST, WCC ,  SEC and Big 12.

The current CNR top-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:
• Seven from the ACC (BC, UNC, VA, FSU, MD, Duke, Wake) 
• Seven from the Pac-10 (STAN, UCLA, USC, Cal, ASU, OR-St, WA) 
• Six from the Big 12 (OK-St, A&M, TX, NEB, TT, CU) 
• Five from the SEC (FL, SC, GA, AUB, AL) 
• Four from the BIG EAST (ND, LOU, GU, MARQ) 
• Four from the Big Ten (MN, ILL, OSU, Iowa) 
• Four from the WCC (PORT, SCU, LMU, USD) 
• Three from C-USA (UCF, MEM, UTEP) 
• One from the Colonial (HOF) 
• One from Mt. West (BYU) 
• One from the A-10 (DAY)
• One from the SoCon (UNCG) 
• One from the Big West (UCI) 
• One from the Mideastern Athletic/MAAC (Siena) 
• One from the Sunbelt (DU) 
• One from the MAC (Toledo)
• One from the Northeast (Boston Univ.)
• One from the Summit (MIL)

A full rundown of each team's standings in the various polls (as posted in earlier CNR updates) will be added to this release, time permitting.

CS360 Composite National Rankings #7 (Sept. 29, 2010)

Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous
1. Boston College (98.70)...3

2. Stanford (97.88) ... 2
3. North Carolina (95.93)...1
4. Notre Dame (95.89) ... 5
5. Portland (94.82) ... 4
6. Florida (92.09) ... 7
7. UCLA (87.92) ... 11
8. Oklahoma St. (87.30)...10
9. Virginia (86.47) ... 12
10. Florida State (85.32) ... 13
11. Maryland (85.18) ... 9
12. Texas A&M (84.63) ... 6
13. Minnesota (84.57) ... 18
14. USC (82.02) ... 14
15. BYU (81.11) ... 17
16. Santa Clara (80.06) ... 8
17. So. Carolina (78.98) ... 20
18. Illinois (77.60) ... 15
19. Central Florida (76.30)...22
20. California (76.12) ... 16
21. UC Irvine (74.44) ... 32
22. Duke (73.64) ... 19
23. Ohio State (72.92) ... 29
24. Hofstra (71.50) ... 33
25. Wake Forest (70.72) ... 31
26. Louisville (69.09) ... 25
27. Arizona St. (67.14) ... 24
28. NC Greensboro (66.92) .. 37
29. Denver (66.27) ... 43
30. Georgetown (64.45) ... 27
31. Georgia (62.44) ... 28
32. Texas (62.26) ... 23
33. Nebraska (61.25) ... 36
34. Oregon St. (58.92) ... 21
35. Marquette (57.84) ... 42 
36. Milwaukee (56.72) ... 45
37. Texas Tech (56.48) ... 34
38. Colorado (56.43) ... –
39. Siena (56.35) ... 46
40. Dayton (54.45) ... 47
41. Washington (54.03) ... 40
42. Memphis (52.91) ... 35
43. Boston Univ. (51.68) ... – 
44. Auburn (51.50) ... 26
45. LMU (48.34) ... 39
46. UTEP (48.30) ... –
47. Toledo (48.16) ... -
48. Alabama (48.15) ... -
49. Iowa (48.10) ... 49
50. San Diego (47.36) ... 30

Notes on CS360's Composite National Rankings formula (created by Pete LaFleur): The CNR closely resembles the composite national rankings on CS360's sister site, CollegeBaseball360.com. The CNR currently consists of an average of four polls/ratings (more factors to be added as season progresses) and three computerized ratings. The CNR point totals ultimately are scaled to a convenient 100-point format.

In the raw formula, a #1-ranked team in any of the polls/ratings typically receives 60 points, the #2 team gets 59, etc. The Soccer America poll is the most basic in this regard, as it has a top-25 and no "also receiving votes" teams. When two or more teams are tied for one spot, they receive an equal share of the combined points for those spots. In the end, each team can receive a a maximum of 60 CNR points from each of the seven polls/ratings. That total then is divided by seven and 40 is added to yield the score on the handy 100-point scale.

One wrinkle within the CNR formula credits teams based on voting or rating "points" in certain polls/ratings (in addition to their spots on the list). 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).

editor@collegesoccer360.com