Composite Rankings

D-I Women's Soccer CS360 Composite National Rankings        ....... #8 (Oct. 5, 2011)

Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous

1. Stanford (99.30) ... 1
2. UCLA (98.74) ... 2
3. Duke (96.47) ... 4
4. Oklahoma St (96.23)... 3
5. Wake Forest (95.41) ...6
6. Boston Coll. (94.84) ... 5
7. North Carolina (92.71) ... 7
8. Florida (91.17) ... 11
9. Virginia (89.87) ... 8
10. Memphis (89.84) ... 12
11. Florida State (89.29) ... 9
12. Marquette (88.30) ... 10
13. Milwaukee (86.56) ... 15
14. Pepperdine (85.82) ... 13
15. Maryland (83.00) ... 14
16. Santa Clara (82.91)... 17
17. Penn State (82.78) ... 20
18. Dayton (82.35) ... 18
19. California (79.26) ... 25
20. Auburn (78.07) ... 21
21. LSU (76.86) ... 50 
22. Tennessee (76.64) ... 16
23. Ohio State (70.64) ... 24
24. Boston U. (69.06) ... 31
25. Notre Dame (67.70)...29
26. Oregon St. (66.95) ...27
27. W. Virginia (66.71) ... 23
28. UC Irvine (65.05) ... 19
29. Va. Tech (64.49) ... 28
30. Central Fla. (63.78)... 32
31. LaSalle (63.13) ... 42
32. Texas A&M (62.47) ... 22
33. Georgetown (60.69)... 30
34. W. & Mary (60.15) ... 38
35. Kentucky (56.39) ... 40
36. Wisconsin (56.96) ... 26
37. Iowa (56.94) ... 34 
38. Illinois (55.73) ... 41
39. Wash. St. (53.68) ... 48
40. Long Beach (53.44)... 37
41. Miami (50.87) ... –
42. Rice (48.50) ... – 
43. Baylor (48.29) ... 39
44. BYU (47.12) ... 43
44. Denver (47.12) ... – 
46. Michigan (46.79) ... – 
47. N.C. State (46.45) ... 45 
48. So. Carolina (45.79)... 35
49. Portland (44.95) ... 33
50. Central Mich. (44.50)...44

Dropped Out of Top-50
36. James Madison
45. Georgia
47. Michigan State
49. Texas

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2011 CNR UPDATE #8 (10/5/11) – The first week of October usually signals when it's sensible to begin looking at RPI numbers and CollegeSoccer360's exclusive Composite National Rankings now includes the NCAA official RPI in the CNR formula (which will expand next week to include other RPI-type calculations).

Pac-12 foes Stanford and UCLA remain in the top spots of the CNR, while current #3 Duke swapped spots with #4 Oklahoma State (as did current #5 Wake Forest and #6 Boston College). North Carolina has maintained its #7 spot in the CNR, while current #9 Virginia dropped a spot. Florida is back in the top-10 (up from #11 to #8) while Memphis is making its debut in the CNR top-10 (#10). The teams that have slipped outside of the top-10 include Florida State (#9 to #11) and Marquette (#10 to #12).

The CNR top-10 now features five ACC teams and two Pac-12, plus one each from the Big 12, SEC and Conference USA.

The CNR formula currently includes the following six criteria (more ingredients, including polls, RPI, power rankings, etc., to be added throughout the season):

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS)
• Our Game Magazine.com rankings
• Official NCAA RPI

Based on the current CNR, the teams that would project for the top-16 seeds in the NCAAs include: seven from the ACC (Duke, Wake, BC, UNC, VA, FSU, MD) ... two each from the Pac-12 (STAN, UCLA) and WCC (PEP, SCU) ... and one each from the Big 12 (OK-St), SEC (FL), BIG EAST (MARQ), C-USA (Memphis) and Horizon (MIL).

Four teams have entered/re-entered the top-50 of the CNR: #41 Miami, #42 Rice, #45 Denver and #46 Michigan ... while the following four dropped out of the top-50: previous #36 James Madison, #45 Georgia, #47 Michigan State and #49 Texas. 

Teams that made the biggest move within the top-50 include: LSU (#50 to #21), La Salle (#42 to #31), Washington State (#48 to #39) and Boston University (#31 to #24). On the flip side, the following teams suffered big drops while still remaining in the CNR top-50: Portland (#33 to #49), South Carolina (#35 to #48), Texas A&M (#22 to #32), Wisconsin (#26 to #36) and UC Irvine (#19 to #28),

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009 and 2010 seasons. 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-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Ten from the ACC  (Duke, Wake, BC,UNC, VA, FSU, MD, VT, MIA, NC-St) 
• Six from the SEC  (FL, AUB, LSU, TN, KY, SC) 
• Six from the Big Ten  (PSU, OSU, WIS, Iowa, ILL, MICH)  
• Five from the Pac-12  (STAN, UCLA, Cal, OR-St, WSU)
• Four from the WCC  (PEP, SCU, BYU, PORT) 
• Four from the BIG EAST  (MARQ, ND, WVU, GU) 
• Three from the Big 12  (OK-St, A&M, BAY) 
• Three from C-USA  (MEM, UCF, Rice)
• Two from the Big West  (UCI, LB)  
• Two from the A-10  (DAY, LAS)
• One from the Colonial  (W&M)  
• One from America East  (BU)  
• One from the Horizon  (MIL)
• One from the MAC  (CMU)
• One from the Sunbelt (DEN)

(10/5/11) – Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous 
Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous

1. Stanford (99.30) ... 1
2. UCLA (98.74) ... 2
3. Duke (96.47) ... 4
4. Oklahoma State (96.23)... 3
5. Wake Forest (95.41) ...6
6. Boston College (94.84) ... 5
7. North Carolina (92.71) ... 7
8. Florida (91.17) ... 11
9. Virginia (89.87) ... 8
10. Memphis (89.84) ... 12
11. Florida State (89.29) ... 9
12. Marquette (88.30) ... 10
13. Milwaukee (86.56) ... 15
14. Pepperdine (85.82) ... 13
15. Maryland (83.00) ... 14
16. Santa Clara (82.91)... 17
17. Penn State (82.78) ... 20
18. Dayton (82.35) ... 18
19. California (79.26) ... 25
20. Auburn (78.07) ... 21
21. LSU (76.86) ... 50 
22. Tennessee (76.64) ... 16
23. Ohio State (70.64) ... 24
24. Boston Univ. (69.06) ... 31
25. Notre Dame (67.70)...29
26. Oregon State (66.95) ...27
27. West Virginia (66.71) ... 23
28. UC Irvine (65.05) ... 19
29. Virginia Tech (64.49) ... 28
30. Central Florida (63.78)... 32
31. LaSalle (63.13) ... 42
32. Texas A&M (62.47) ... 22
33. Georgetown (60.69)... 30
34. William & Mary (60.15) ... 38
35. Kentucky (56.39) ... 40
36. Wisconsin (56.96) ... 26
37. Iowa (56.94) ... 34 
38. Illinois (55.73) ... 41
39. Washington State (53.68) ... 48
40. Long Beach State (53.44)... 37
41. Miami (50.87) ... –
42. Rice (48.50) ... – 
43. Baylor (48.29) ... 39
44. BYU (47.12) ... 43
44. Denver (47.12) ... – 
46. Michigan (46.79) ... – 
47. North Carolina State (46.45) ... 45 
48. South Carolina (45.79)... 35
49. Portland (44.95) ... 33
50. Central Michigan (44.50)...44

Dropped Out of Top-50
36. James Madison
45. Georgia
47. Michigan State
49. 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 currently consists of an average of six polls/ratings (more factors to be added as season progresses). 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; 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). The RPI number used in the CNR formula ultimately will include 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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2011 CNR UPDATE #7 (9/28/11) – Stanford remains a near-unanimous #1 (99.992 CNR points) in the latest update of College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings, while UCLA and Oklahoma State still are d in the #2 and #3 spots. Virginia's win at North Carolina has returned the Cavaliers to the CNR top-10 (up from #11 to #8) while Marquette bumped up from #12 to #10 following an OT win over Marquette.

Elsewhere in the top-10, Boston College posted a pair of OT wins in ACC play and now sits at #5 (up from #8), while fellow ACC teams Duke (#4) and Wake Forest (#6) both have moved up one spot and Florida State remains #9 (UNC fell from #4 to #7). Florida (#6 to #11) and Maryland (#10 to #14) are the teams that dropped out of the top-10. The ACC continues to dominate the CNR top-10 (with six teams, all of the #4 through #9), plus two Pac-12 teams and one each from the Big 12 and BIG EAST.

The CNR formula currently includes the following five criteria (more ingredients, including polls, RPI, power rankings, etc., to be added throughout the season):

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS)
• Our Game Magazine.com rankings

Based on the current CNR, the teams that would project for the top-16 seeds in the NCAAs include: seven from the ACC (Duke, BC, Wake, UNC, VA, FSU, MD) ... two each from the Pac-12 (STAN, UCLA) and SEC (FL, TN) ... and one each from the Big 12 (OK-St), BIG EAST (MARQ), C-USA (Memphis), Horizon (MIL) and WCC (PEP).

Seven teams have entered/re-entered the top-50 of the CNR: #36 James Madison, #39 Baylor, #40 Kentucky, #42 LaSalle, #45 Georgia, #49 Texas and #50 LSU ... replacing the following teams that dropped out of the top-50: #36 Missouri, #38 San Diego, #45 Penn, #46 San Diego State, #48 USC, #49 Miami and #50 Kansas.

Teams that made the biggest move within the top-50 include: Long Beach State (#47 to #37), West Virginia #31 to #23), Santa Clara (#24 to #17), UC Irvine (#27 to #19) and Wisconsin (#33 to #26). The following teams suffered big drops while still remaining in the CNR top-50: Notre Dame (#18 to #29), NC State (#35 to #45(), California (#16 to #25), Boston Univ. (#22 to #31), Illinois (#32 to #41) and UCF (#25 to #32).

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009 and 2010 seasons. 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-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Nine from the ACC  (Duke, BC, Wake, UNC, VA, FSU, MD, VT, NC-St) 
• Seven from the SEC  (FL, TN, AUB, SC, KY, GA, LSU) 
• Six from the Big Ten  (PSU, OSU, WIS, Iowa, ILL, MSU)  
• Five from the Pac-12  (STAN, UCLA, Cal, OR-St, WSU)
• Four from the WCC  (PEP, SCU, PORT, BYU) 
• Four from the BIG EAST  (MARQ, WVU, ND, GU) 
• Four from the Big 12  (OK-St, A&M, BAY, TX) 
• Two from C-USA  (MEM, UCF)
• Two from the Big West  (UCI, LB)  
• Two from the Colonial  (JMU, W&M)  
• Two from the A-10  (DAY, LAS)
• One from America East  (BU)  
• One from the Horizon  (MIL)
• One from the MAC  (CMU)

(9/28/11) – Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous 
Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous

1. Stanford (99.992) ... 1
2. UCLA (97.827) ... 2
3. Oklahoma St (97.825)... 3
4. Duke (96.21) ... 5
5. Boston Coll. (92.20) ... 8
6. Wake Forest (92.38) ...7
7. North Carolina (96.89) ... 4
8. Virginia (87.96) ... 11
9. Florida State (90.71) ... 9
10. Marquette (86.38) ... 12
11. Florida (93.14) ... 6
12. Memphis (85.55) ... 13
13. Pepperdine (85.20) ... 14
14. Maryland (90.57) ... 10
15. Milwaukee (82.94) ... 15
16. Tennessee (81.76) ... 17
17. Santa Clara (71.22)... 24
18. Dayton (79.22) ... 19
19. UC Irvine (70.51) ... 26
20. Penn State (75.48) ... 20
21. Auburn (71.78) ... 23
22. Texas A&M (73.92) ... 21
23. W. Virginia (60.31) ... 31
24. Ohio State (62.56) ... 29
25. California (82.87) ... 16
26. Wisconsin (59.69) ... 33
27. Oregon St. (68.42) ...27
28. Va. Tech (67.64) ... 28
29. Notre Dame (81.54)... 18
30. Georgetown (61.09)... 30
31. Boston U. (72.13) ... 22
32. Central Fla. (71.06)... 25
33. Portland (58.85) ... 34
34. Iowa (53.64) ... 37 
35. So. Carolina (51.78)... 40
36. J. Madison (52.20) ... –
37. Long Beach (46.11)... 47
38. W. & Mary (48.42) ... 42
39. Baylor (50.49) ... –
40. Kentucky (48.27) ... –
41. Illinois (59.76) ... 32
42. LaSalle (48.03) ... –
43. BYU (52.50) ... 39
44. C. Michigan (47.10)... 44
45. N.C. State (56.34) ... 35 
46. Georgia (44.83) ... –
47. Michigan St. (49.54)...41
48. Wash. St. (48.10) ... 43
49. Texas (44.20) ... –
50. LSU (44.00) ... – 

Dropped Out of Top-50
#36 Missouri
#38 San Diego
#45 Penn
#46 San Diego State
#48 USC
#49 Miami
#50 Kansas

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). 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; 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). 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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2011 CNR UPDATE #6 (9/21/11) – Stanford again is a near-unanimous #1 (99.992 CNR points) in the latest update of College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings, while UCLA has nudged ahead of Oklahoma State by the narrowest of margins (97.827 to 97.82) into the #2 spot. (note that the latest CNR top-40 update for D-I men's soccer is coming soon)

#7 Wake Forest – fresh off wins over Florida State and South Carolina – is the newcomer to the CNR top-10, making a big jump from its #14 spot the previous week.  ACC foes North Carolina and Duke (#4 and #5) each have moved up a spot, after FSU's drop from #4 to #9. Current #6 Florida and #8 Boston College have climbed two spots in the CNR top-10, which Maryland has dropped from #7 to #10. ACC teams (six) now comprise a majority of the CNR top-10, which also includes two Pac-12 teams and one each from the Big 12 and SEC. Marquette's loss to West Virginia slid the Eagles outside the top-10 (from #9 to #12).

The CNR formula currently includes the following five criteria (more ingredients, including polls, RPI, power rankings, etc., to be added throughout the season):

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS)
• Our Game Magazine.com rankings

Based on the current CNR, the teams that would project for the top-16 seeds in the NCAAs include: seven from the ACC (UNC, Duke, Wake, BC, FSU, MD, VA) ... three from the Pac-12 (STAN, UCLA, Cal)... and one each from the Big 12 (OK-St), SEC (FL), BIG EAST (MARQ), C-USA (Memphis), Horizon (MIL)

Three teams have entered/re-entered the top-50 of the CNR – #42 William & Mary, #44 Central Michigan and #47 Long Beach State (W&M and LBSU have been in the CNR top-50 previously this season)  – replacing former #41 James Madison, #47 Loyola Marymount and #50 Texas.

In addition to Wake Forest, teams that made the biggest move within the top-50 include: West Virginia (#46 to  #31), Dayton (#32 to #19), Memphis (#23 to #13), Boston U. (#31 to #22), Texas A&M (#29 to #21) and Michigan State (#49 to #41).. On the flip side, the following teams made big drops while still remaining in the CNR top-50: UC Irvine (#13 to #26), Kansas (#38 to #50), Santa Clara (#16 to #24) and Notre Dame (#11 to #18).

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009 and 2010 seasons. 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-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Ten from the ACC  (UNC, Duke, Wake, BC, FSU, MD, VA, VT, NC-St, MIA) 
• Six from the Pac-12  (STAN, UCLA, Cal, OR-St, WSU, USC)
• Six from the Big Ten  (PSU, ILL, OSU, ILL, WIS, IA, MSU)  
• Five from the WCC  (PEP, SCU, PORT, USD, BYU) 
• Four from the Big 12  (OK-St, A&M, MO, KU) 
• Four from the BIG EAST  (MARQ, ND, GU, WVU) 
• Four from the SEC  (FL, TN, AUB, SC) 
• Two from C-USA  (MEM, UCF)
• Two from the Big West  (UCI, LB)  
• One from the Colonial  (W&M)  
• One from the Mt. West  (SDSU)
• One from the A-10  (DAY)
• One from America East  (BU)  
• One from the Horizon  (MIL)
• One from the MAC  (CMU)
• One from the Ivy League  (Penn)

(9/21/11) – Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous 
Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous

1. Stanford (99.992) ... 1
2. UCLA (97.827) ... 3
3. Oklahoma St (97.825)... 2
4. North Carolina (96.89) ... 5
5. Duke (96.21) ... 6
6. Florida (93.14) ... 8
7. Wake Forest (92.38) ...14
8. Boston Coll. (92.20) ... 10
9. Florida State (90.71) ... 4
10. Maryland (90.57) ... 7
11. Virginia (87.96) ... 12
12. Marquette (86.38) ... 9
13. Memphis (85.55) ... 23
14. Pepperdine (85.20) ... 15
15. Milwaukee (82.94) ... 18
16. California (82.87) ... 20
17. Tennessee (81.76) ... 19
18. Notre Dame (81.54) ... 11
19. Dayton (79.22) ... 32
20. Penn State (75.48) ... 17
21. Texas A&M (73.92) ... 29
22. Boston U. (72.13) ... 31
23. Auburn (71.78) ... 24
24. Santa Clara (71.22) ... 16
25. Central Fla. (71.06)... 25
26. UC Irvine (70.51) ... 13
27. Oregon St. (68.42) ...21
28. Va. Tech (67.64) ... 22
29. Ohio State (62.56) ... 26
30. Georgetown (61.09) ... 27
31. W. Virginia (60.31) ... 46
32. Illinois (59.76) ... 30
33. Wisconsin (59.69) ... 34
34. Portland (58.85) ... 28
35. N.C. State (56.34) ... 33 
36. Missouri (55.77) ... 35
37. Iowa (53.64) ... 40 
38. San Diego (53.31) ... 36
39. BYU (52.50) ... 37
40. So. Carolina (51.78) ...39
41. Michigan St. (49.54)... 49
42. W. & Mary (48.42) ... –
43. Wash. St. (48.10) ... 42
44. C. Michigan (47.10)... –
45. Penn (47.06) ... 44 
46. San Diego St (46.55)...43
47. Long Beach (46.11) ... –
48. USC (45.60) ... 40 ... 45
49. Miami (45.08) ... 48
50. Kansas (43.20) ... 38

Dropped Out of Top-50
#41 James Madison
#47 LMU  
#50 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 currently consists of an average of four polls/ratings (more factors to be added as season progresses). 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; 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). 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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The Sept. 15 update to the CS360 Composite National Rankings for Division I women's soccer is included below (full release data on the way), effective for games played through Sept. 11 ... 

CNR #5 (9/15/21) – Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous
1. Stanford (99.995) ... 2
2. Oklahoma St (96.96) ... 5
3. UCLA (96.90) ... 4
4. Florida State (96.50) ... 6
5. North Carolina (96.46) ... 1
6. Duke (94.87) ... 10
7. Maryland (94.53) ... 3
8. Florida (90.92) ... 9
9. Marquette (90.47) ... 13
10. Boston Coll. (88.23) ... 12
11. Notre Dame (87.70) ... 8
12. Virginia (87.69) ... 7
13. UC Irvine (84.25) ... 11
14. Wake Forest (83.50) ...15
15. Pepperdine (83.19) ... 16
16. Santa Clara (82.10) ... 14
17. Penn State (81.70) ... 20
18. Milwaukee (81.18) ... 17
19. Tennessee (77.33) ... 22
20. California (76.94) ... 29
21. Oregon St. (76.24) ...18
22. Va. Tech (75.65) ... 19
23. Memphis (74.23) ... 23
24. Auburn (69.87) ... 30
25. Central Fla. (69.82)...34
26. Ohio State (69.58) ... 24
27. Georgetown (67.67) ... 27
28. Portland (66.29) ... 28
29. Texas A&M (65.01) ... 32
30. Illinois (60.01) ... 31
31. Boston U. (59.82) ... 21
32. Dayton (58.77) ... 37
33. N.C. State (57.49) ... 46 
34. Wisconsin (56.55) ... 25
35. Missouri (55.75) ... 40
36. San Diego (54.63) ... 38
37. BYU (53.10) ... 36
38. Kansas (53.00) ... 33
39. So. Carolina (52.08) ...39
40. Iowa (49.01) ... 45 
41. J. Madison (47.91) ... 44
42. Wash. St. (47.52) ... –
43. San Diego St (47.28)...49
44. Penn (47.11) ... – 
46. USC (46.20) ... 40 ... 35
47. W. Virginia (46.00) ... 41
47. LMU (45.94) ... –  
48. Miami (45.68) ... 42
49. Michigan St. (44.80) ... –
50. Texas (44.60) ... 43

Dropped Out of Top-50 – 
#26. William & Mary 
#47. New Mexico 
#48. Long Beach State 
#50 Oregon


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2011 CNR UPDATE #4 (9/7/11) – North Carolina and Stanford continued to hold down the top two spots in the latest update of College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR), with current #3 Maryland edging ahead of UCLA while Oklahoma State jumped from 9th to #5 in the most recent CNR update.

ACC teams Florida State (#7 to #6) and Virginia (#5 to #7) moved opposite directions within the top-10, while current #8 Notre Dame has moved up to spots and Florida is back in the top-10 (moving from #12 to #9). Duke nearly slipped out of the top-10 (#6 to #10) while Portland's plummet took the Pilots outside of the CNR top-25 (#8 to #28). There still are five ACC teams and two Pac-10 comprising the top-10, plus one each from the Big 12, BIG EAST and SEC.

The CNR formula currently includes the following five criteria (more ingredients, including polls, RPI, power rankings, etc., to be added throughout the season):

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS)
• Our Game Magazine.com rankings

Based on the current CNR, the teams that would project for the top-16 seeds in the NCAAs include: seven from the ACC (UNC, MD, FSU, VA, Duke, BC  & Wake) ... two each from the BIG EAST (ND, Marquette), Pac-12 (Stanford & UCLA) and WCC (SCU & Pepperdine) ... and one each from the Big 12 (OK-St), SEC (Florida) and Big West (UCI).

Seven teams have entered/re-entered the top-50 of the CNR – #26 William & Mary, #44 James Madison, #45 Iowa, #46 North Carolina State, #47 New Mexico, #48 Long Beach State, #49 San Diego State and #50 Oregon – replacing former #31 LMU, #34 Minnesota, #39 Arizona State, #40 Denver, #46 South Florida and #48 Michigan.

Teams that made the biggest move within the top-50 include: Wisconsin (#49 to #25), Cal (#43 to #29), Auburn (#50 to #30), Boston University (#36 to #21), Tennessee (#33 to #22), UCF (#45 to #34) and Pepperdine (#26 to #16). On the flip side, the following teams (in addition to Portland) made big drops while still remaining in the CNR top-50: San Diego State (#25 to #49), Dayton (#22 to #37), West Virginia (#27 to #41), Illinois (#18 to #31) and Georgetown (#17 to #27)

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009 and 2010 seasons. 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-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Ten from the ACC (UNC, MD, FSU, VA, Duke, BC, Wake, VT, MIA, NC-St) 
• Six from the Pac-12 (STAN, UCLA, OR-St, Cal, USC, OR)
• Five from the WCC (PORT, SCU, PEP, BYU, USC) 
• Five from the Big 12 (OK-St, A&M, KU, MO, TX) 
• Five from the Big Ten (ILL, PSU, OSU, WIS, Iowa)  
• Four from the BIG EAST (ND, MARQ, GU, WVU) 
• Four from the SEC (FL, TN, AUB, SC) 
• Two from C-USA (MEM, UCF)
• Two from the Colonial (W&M, JMU)  
• Two from the Mt. West (SDSU, NM)
• Two from the Big West (UCI, LB)  
• One from the A-10 (DAY)
• One from America East (BU)  
• One from the Horizon (Milwaukee)

(9/7/11) – Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous 
Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous

1. North Carolina (99.72) ... 3

2. Stanford (98.65) ... 2

3. UCLA (96.99) ... 7

4. Maryland (95.53) ... 5

5. Virginia (93.96) ... 6

6. Duke (93.17) ... 15

7. Florida State (92.60) ... 8

8. Portland (92.33) ... 4

9. Oklahoma St (92.33) ... 12

10. Notre Dame (92.22) ... 1

11. Boston Coll. (90.23) ... 11

12. Florida (89.51) ... 9

13. Marquette (87.61) ... 13

14. Wake Forest (86.46) ... 14

15. UC Irvine (84.37) ... 16

16. Santa Clara (84.21) ... 18

17. Georgetown (83.22) ... 17

18. Illinois (79.57) ... 24

19. Oregon St. (78.21) ... 22

20. Memphis (75.42) ... 30

21. Milwaukee (75.19) ... 36

22. Dayton (74.27) ... 31

23. Via. Tech (72.64) ... 33

24. Ohio State (71.45) ... 10

25. San Diego St (65.99) ... -

26. Pepperdine (65.67) ... 39

27. W. Virginia (65.69) ... 19

28. Penn State (64.02) ... 34

29. San Diego (63.42) ... 23

30. Texas A&M (62.14) ... 26

31. LMU (71.89) ... 20

32. So. Carolina (59.70) ... 28

33. Tennessee (59.20) ... 37

34. Minnesota (58.39) ... 29

35. Missouri (58.28) ... 45

36. Boston U. (56.06) ... 35

37. BYU (54.87) ... 32

38. Kansas (54.74) ... –

39. Arizona St. (54.28) ... 43

40. Denver (52.62) ... 27

41. Washington (51.50) ... 21

42. Texas (49.50) ... 47

43. California (49.00) ... 46

44. USC (48.75) ... 40 ... –

45. Central Fla. (47.75)...42

46. S. Florida (46.75) ... 49

47. Miami (46.33) ... –

48. Michigan (46.25) ... 50 

49. Wisconsin (46.00) ... –

50. Auburn (45.50) ... –

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). 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; 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). 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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2011 CNR UPDATE #3 (8/30/11) – There was shakeup throughout the top-10 following the latest update of College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR). #2 Stanford was the only team in the top-10 that maintained its same spot in the CNR, with previous #1 Notre Dame tumbling to #10 after losses to North Carolina (now up from #3 to #1) and Duke (which bumped from #15 to #6).

Portland's loss to San Diego State (a newcomer to the CNR top-50, at #25) dropped the Pilots from #4 to #8 – leaving five ACC teams and two Pac-10 comprising  the top-7: #3 UCLA (up from #7), plus #4 Maryland and #7 Florida State (each moved up a spot). 

#9 Oklahoma State (up from #12) has joined Duke as new teams in the CNR #10, replacing current #24 Ohio State (dropped from #10) and #12 Florida (down from #9). All told, the current CNR top-10 includes five ACC teams, two Pac-10 and one each from the WCC, Big 12 and BIG EAST.

The CNR formula currently includes the following four criteria (more ingredients, including polls, RPI, power rankings, etc., to be added throughout the season):

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS)

Based on the current CNR, the teams that would project for the top-16 seeds in the NCAAs include: seven from the ACC (UNC, MD, VA, Duke, FSU, BC  & Wake) ... two each from the BIG EAST (ND, Marquette), Pac-12 (Stanford & UCLA) and WCC (Portland & SCU) ... and one each from the Big 12 (OK-St), SEC (Florida) and Big West (UCI).

Five teams have entered/re-entered the top-50 of the CNR – #25 San Diego State, #37 Kansas, #47 Miami, #49 Wisconsin and #50 Auburn  – replacing former #25 Long Beach State, #38 Georgia, #41 Colorado, #44 Hofstra and #48 Washington State.

Teams that made the biggest move within the top-50 include: Milwaukee (#36 to #21) ... Pepperdine (#39 to #26) ... Memphis (#30 to #20) ... Virginia Tech (#33 to #23) ... Missouri (#45 to #35) ... and Dayton (#31 to #22). Conversely, several teams had big drops while still remaining in the top-50: Washington (#21 to #41) ... Denver (#27 to #40) ... LMU (#20 to #31) ... and West Virginia (#19 to #27). 

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009 and 2010 seasons. 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-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Nine from the ACC (UNC, MD, VA, Duke, FSU, BC, Wake, VT, MIA) 

• Seven from the Pac-12 (STAN, UCLA, OR-St, ASU, WA, Cal, USC)

• Six from the WCC (PORT, SCU, PEP, USD, LMU, BYU) 
• Six from the Big Ten (ILL, OSU, PSU, MN, MICH, WIS)  
• Five from the BIG EAST (ND, MARQ, GU, WVU, USF) 
• Five from the Big 12 (OK-St, A&M, MO, KU, TX) 
• Four from the SEC (FL, SC, TN, AUB) 
• Two from C-USA (MEM, UCF) 
• One from the Big West (UCI)  
• One from the A-10 (DAY)
• One from the Sunbelt (DU)
• One from America East (BU)  
• One from the Horizon (Milwaukee)
• One from the Mt. West (SDSU)


(8/30/11) – Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous 

1. North Carolina (99.72) ... 3

2. Stanford (98.98) ... 2

3. UCLA (92.60) ... 7

4. Maryland (94.78) ... 5

5. Virginia (92.78) ... 6

6. Duke (85.68) ... 15

7. Florida State (91.86) ... 8

8. Portland (96.07) ... 4

9. Oklahoma State (89.82) ... 12

10. Notre Dame (99.44) ... 1

11. Boston College (90.50) ... 11

12. Florida (91.61) ... 9

13. Marquette (86.58) ... 13

14. Wake Forest (85.73) ... 14

15. UC Irvine (83.08) ... 16

16. Santa Clara (82.26) ... 18

17. Georgetown (82.53) ... 17

18. Illinois (75.48) ... 24

19. Oregon State (76.53) ... 22

20. Memphis (61.85) ... 30

21. Milwaukee (53.88) ... 36

22. Dayton (59.92) ... 31

23. Virginia Tech (56.25) ... 33

24. Ohio State (91.05) ... 10

25. San Diego State (65.99) ... -

26. Pepperdine (53.25) ... 39

27. West Virginia (79.28) ... 19

28. Penn State (55.95) ... 34

29. San Diego (75.49) ... 23

30. Texas A&M (71.55) ... 26

31. LMU (78.14) ... 20

32. So. Carolina (66.46) ... 28

33. Tennessee (53.77) ... 37

34. Minnesota (64.07) ... 29

35. Missouri (48.63) ... 45

36. Boston Univ. (55.37) ... 35

37. BYU (59.32) ... 32

38. Kansas (54.74) ... –

39. Arizona State (51.31) ... 43

40. Denver (68.00) ... 27

41. Washington (77.77) ... 21

42. Texas (48.50) ... 47

43. California (48.50) ... 46

44. USC (53.13) ... 40 ... –

45. Central Florida (52.13)...42

46. South Florida (46.00) ... 49

47. Miami (46.33) ... –

48. Michigan (45.75) ... 50 

49. Wisconsin (46.00) ... –

50. Auburn (45.50) ... –

A full rundown of each team's standings in   

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). 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; 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). 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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2011 CNR UPDATE #2 (8/23/11) – As expected, there were several instances of dramatic movement in College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) – with much of that movement due to a series of opening-weekend upsets turned in by west-coast teams (namely from the WCC and Big West).

The top-three teams – Notre Dame, Stanford and North Carolina – remain unchanged, while Portland jumped from #7 to #4 (thanks to its win over previous #5 Florida State, which has dropped to #8). Virginia also moved up three spots (#9 to #6) while current #5 Maryland and #7 UCLA each bumped up one position. #10 Ohio State maintained its standing, with Boston College (#4 to #10) falling out of the top-10 and Florida ascending into the top-10 (#11 to #9).

The CNR top-10 now features four teams from the ACC, two Pac-12, and one each from the BIG EAST, WCC, SEC and Big Ten.

The CNR formula currently includes the following four criteria (more ingredients, including polls, RPI, power rankings, etc., to be added throughout the season):

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS)

Based on the current CNR, the teams that would project for the #1 seeds in the NCAAs (16 total) include: seven from the ACC (UNC, MD, FSU, BC, MD, VA, FSU, Wake, Duke) ... two each from the BIG EAST (ND, Marquette) and Pac-12 (Stanford, UCLA) ... and one each from the WCC (Portland), Big Ten (OSU), SEC (Florida), Big 12 (OK-St) and Big West (UCI).

Six teams have entered the top-50 of the CNR – #20 Loyola Marymount, #35 Boston University, #37 Tennessee, #39 Pepperdine, #41 Colorado and #48 Washington State – replacing former #33 UNC Greensboro, #37 Wisconsin, #39 Oklahoma, #41 New Mexico, #47 Connecticut and #48 Auburn.

Teams that made the biggest move within the top-50 include: Long Beach State (#50 to #25), San Diego (#38 to #23), Milwaukee (#49 to #36), Virginia Tech (#45 to #33) and Dayton (#41 to #31). Teams that slipped the most but still remain in the top-50: Texas (#23 to #47), USC (#21 to #40), California (#32 to #46), Central Florida (#28 to #42) and Texas A&M (#14 to #26) 

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009 and 2010 seasons. 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-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Nine from the Pac-12 (STAN, UCLA, WA, OR-St, USC, CU, ASU, Cal, WSU)• Eight from the ACC (UNC, MD, VA, FSU, BC, Duke, Wake, VT) 
• Six from the WCC (PORT, SCU, LMU, USD, BYU, PEP) 
• Five from the Big Ten (OSU, ILL, MN, PSU, MICH)  
• Five from the BIG EAST (ND, MARQ, GU, WVU, USF) 
• Four from the Big 12 (OK-St, A&M, MO, TX) 
• Four from the SEC (FL, SC, TN, GA) 
• Two from C-USA (MEM, UCF) 
• Two from the Big West (UCI, LBSU)  
• One from the Colonial (HOF) 
• One from the A-10 (DAY)
• One from the Sunbelt (DU)
• One from America East (BU)  
• One from the Horizon (Milwaukee)

(8/23/11) – Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous 

1. Notre Dame (99.44) ... 1

2. Stanford (98.98) ... 2

3. North Carolina (97.61) ... 3

4. Portland (96.07) ... 7

5. Maryland (94.78) ... 6

6. Virginia (92.78) ... 9

7. UCLA (92.60) ... 8

8. Florida State (91.86) ... 5

9. Florida (91.61) ... 11

10. Ohio State (91.05) ... 10

11. Boston College (90.50) ... 4

12. Oklahoma State (89.82) ... 12

13. Marquette (86.58) ... 13

14. Wake Forest (85.73) ... 17

15. Duke (85.68) ... 15

16. UC Irvine (83.08) ... 22

17. Georgetown (82.53) ... 18

18. Santa Clara (82.26) ... 19

19. West Virginia (79.28) ... 16

20. Loyola Marymount (78.14)..–

21. Washington (77.77) ... 24

22. Oregon State (76.53) ... 19

23. San Diego (75.49) ... 38

24. Illinois (75.48) ... 29

25. Long Beach State (71.62) ... 50

26. Texas A&M (71.55) ... 14

27. Denver (68.00) ... 30

28. South Carolina (66.46) ... 25

29. Minnesota (64.07) ... 27

30. Memphis (61.85) ... 35

31. Dayton (59.92) ... 43

32. BYU (59.32) ... 26

33. Virginia Tech (56.25) ... 45

34. Penn State (55.95) ... 31

35. Boston University (55.37) ... –

36. Milwaukee (53.88) ... 49

37. Tennessee (53.77) ... –

38. Georgia (53.76) ... 36

39. Pepperdine (53.25) ... –

40. USC (53.13) ... 21

41. Colorado (52.53) ... –

42. Central Florida (52.13)...28

43. Arizona State (51.31) ... 45

44. Hofstra (50.00) ... 34

45. Missouri (48.63) ... 40

46. California (48.50) ... 32

47. Texas (48.50) ... 23

48. Washington State (46.25)... –

49. South Florida (46.00) ... 42

50. Michigan (45.75) ... 44 

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). 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; 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). 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).



2011 PRESEASON CNR (8/18/11) – College Soccer 360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) have returned for the 2011 season

The 2011 preseason CNR formula currently includes the following four criteria (more ingredients, including polls, RPI, power rankings, etc., to be added throughout the season):

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com NCAA projection  (TDS)

The top-10 of the 2011 preseason CNR breaks down as follows (in order): Notre Dame, Stanford, North Carolina, Boston College, Florida State, Maryland, Portland, UCLA, Virginia and Ohio State. The top-10 includes five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conferences, plus two Pac-12 squads and one each from the BIG EAST, West Coast Conf. and Big Ten.

Based on the preseason CNR, the teams that would project for the #1 seeds in the NCAAs (16 total) include: six from the ACC (UNC, BC, FSU, MD, VA, Duke) ... three BIG EAST (ND, Marquette, WVU) ... two each from the Pac-10 (Stanford, UCLA) and Big 12 (OK-St. and A&M) ... and one each from the WCC (Portland), Big Ten (OSU) and SEC (Florida).

The final CNR of the 2010 season – released in late Oct. (when most teams had concluded regular-season play – featured five teams that are not in the 2011 CNR preseason top-50: #40 Boston Univ., #42 Nebraska, #43 Miami, #44 Toledo and #45 Michigan State. Teams in the 2011 CNR preseason top-25 that were not in the 2010 final regular-season CNR: #31 Penn State, #39 Oklahoma, #40 Missouri, #47 Connecticut and #49 Milwaukee.

Several teams have made big jumps in the CNR, when comparing their standing at the end of the 2010 regular season to the 2011 preseason listing: UCLA (#29 to #8) ... Georgetown (#32 to #18) ... Washington (#34 to #24) ... San Diego (#48 to #38) ... Duke (#24 to #15) ... Minnesota (#36 to #27) ... California (#41 to #32) ... and Wake Forest (#25 to #17).

On the flip side, the following teams have slipped down the CNR when looking at their previous standing at the end of the 2010 regular season: New Mexico (#22 to #41) ... Hofstra (#18 to #34) ... Arizona State (#33 to #46) ... UNC Greensboro (#23 to #33) ... Oregon State (#11 to #20) ... South Carolina (#17 to #26) ... Illinois (#20 to #29) ... and Auburn (#39 to #48).

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009 and 2010 seasons. 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-50 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Eight from the ACC (UNC, BC, FSU, BC, VA, Duke, Wake, VT) 
• Seven from the Pac-10 (STAN, UCLA, OR-St, USC, WA, Cal, ASU)
• Six from the Big Ten (OSU, MN, ILL, PSU, WIS, MICH)  
• Six from the BIG EAST (ND, MARQ, WVU, GU, USF, UConn) 
• Five from the Big 12 (OK-St, A&M, TX, OU, MO) 
• Four from the SEC (FL, SC, GA, AUB) 
• Four from the WCC (PORT, SCU, BYU, USD) 
• Two from C-USA (UCF, MEM) 
• Two from the Big West (UCI, LBSU)  
• One from Mt. West (NM)
• One from the Colonial (HOF) 
• One from the A-10 (DAY)
• One from the SoCon (UNCG) 
• One from the Sunbelt (DU) 
• One from the Horizon (Milwaukee)

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). 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; 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). 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).

editor@collegesoccer360.com