CS360 Composite Rankings – 2013 D-I college women's soccer

CollegeSoccer360    DI Women's Soccer  Composite National Rankings #11
(Oct. 31, 2013)

Rank. Team (Pts) ... prev.

1. Virginia (99.40) … 1
2. UCLA (97.40) … 2
3. No. Carolina (96.53) … 4
4. Florida State (96.20) … 3
5. Va. Tech (92.23) … 5
6. Stanford (90.82) … 6

7. Florida (90.46) … 10
8. Michigan (89.74) … 14
9. Santa Clara (88.41) … 9
10. Marquette (87.41) … 12
11. Portland (86.36) … 7
12. Georgetown (83.80) … 13
13. Nebraska (83.00) … 22
14. Notre Dame (82.88) … 17
15. Denver (81.89) … 15
16. Penn State (80.68) … 8
17. Texas Tech (80.66) … 23
18. UCF (79.53) … 18
19. Wake Forest (79.51) .. 16
20. So. Carolina (78.89) … 19
21. W. Virginia (76.77) … 11
22. Texas A&M (73.94) … 20
23. California (72.76) … 21
24. BYU (70.68) … 25
25. Louisville (69.00) … 27
26. Kentucky (65.48) … 24
27. Ole Miss (65.09) … 26
28. Duke (64.06) … 30
29. Wash. St. (61.61) … 31
30. Utah (58.24) …47
31. Minnesota (57.76) … 37
32. Colorado (56.78) … 29
33. Boston Coll. (55.61) … 32
34. Maryland (54.00) … 35
35. Texas (52.83) … 36
36. Pepperdine (51.92) … 41
37. Colo. College (51.71) .. 34
38. Rutgers (51.53) … 33
39. Georgia (51.19) … 50
40. Wisconsin (50.96) … 28
41. Indiana (50.28) … 48
42. Iowa (47.93) … 45
43. Ohio State (47.32) … 43
44. Boston U. (45.44) … –
44. Okla. St. (45.44) … 38
46. Harvard (45.20) … –
47. Baylor (44.96) … –
48. Arizona St. (44.40) … 39
49. Illinois (44.37) … 49
50. Washington (44.35) … 46

Next 5 – James Madison,
Tennessee, William & Mary, S.F. Austin & Missouri

Dropped out of CNR top-50:
40. Arkansas
42. Clemson
44. Tennessee

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CNR ARCHIVE (D-I women): 2012  |  2011  |  2010  |  2008-09 

** see left sidebar for CS360's current CNR top-50 (Oct. 31, 2013) ** 

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CNR #10 (1024/13) – 

CollegeSoccer360
DI Women's Soccer  Composite National Rankings #10
(Oct. 24, 2013)                            
Rank. Team (Pts) ... prev.

1. Virginia (99.01) … 1
2. UCLA (97.65) … 2
3. Florida State (95.57) … 4
4. No. Carolina (95.35) … 3
5. Va. Tech (91.96) … 5
6. Stanford (90.10) … 6

7. Portland (89.92) … 7
8. Penn State (88.95) … 8
9. Santa Clara (87.33) … 11
10. Florida (87.19) … 16
11. W. Virginia (86.37) … 12
12. Marquette (85.65) … 18
13. Georgetown (82.82) … 13
14. Michigan (82.67) … 17
15. Denver (81.21) … 15
16. Wake Forest (80.61) .. 14
17. Notre Dame (80.06) … 10
18. UCF (78.22) … 21
19. So. Carolina (77.68) … 9
20. Texas A&M (77.49) … 24
21. California (76.23) … 20
22. Nebraska (74.24) … 23
23. Texas Tech (72.21) … 22
24. Kentucky (70.76) … 19
25. BYU (66.83) … 25
26. Ole Miss (65.73) … 27
27. Louisville (61.98) … 34
28. Wisconsin (60.74) … 26
29. Colorado (58.53) … 38
30. Duke (58.15) … 37
31. Wash. St. (56.47) … 29
32. Boston Coll. (55.36) … 31
33. Rutgers (53.29) … 32
34. Colo. College (52.40) … 30
35. Maryland (50.17) … 33
36. Texas (50.93) … 39
37. Minnesota (49.16) … 35
38. Okla. St. (47.85) … 43
39. Arizona St. (47.53) … 36
40. Arkansas (47.14) … 45
41. Pepperdine (45.95) … 50
42. Clemson (46.54) … 42
43. Ohio State (45.94) … 49
44. Tennessee (45.75) … 41
45. Iowa (45.46) … 47
46. Washington (45.02) … –
47. Utah (44.57) …46
48. Indiana (44.32) … –
49. Illinois (44.09) … –
50. Georgia (43.90) … 48

Next 5 – James Madison,
William & Mary, S.F. Austin,
Baylor & UConn

Dropped out of CNR top-50:
28. Baylor
40. LSU
44. William & Mary

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CNR #9 (10/17/13) – One week after three teams in the top-10 of CS360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) suffered upset losses (Stanford, Penn State & Notre Dame), there was even greater carnage among the top ranks during the past week – as four different CNR top-10 teams suffered upset losses. Most notably, then-#5 Stanford was upended by USC (an unheard-of third straight loss for the Cardinal) while #6 Penn State lost at Big Ten showdown vs. Michigan and #7 Georgetown was knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten, in a game vs. BIG EAST title contender Marquette.

The Oct. 7-13 results also included a minor top-10 upset, based on the CNR, as (10) Virginia Tech used a late goal to beat visiting (9) Notre Dame. That result vaulted the Hokies into their current #5 position, its highest in CS360's six-year history of compiling the CNR. The top-4 teams remain unchanged, with unbeaten and untied Virginia holding down the #1 spot for the fifth straight week (followsd by UCLA, North Carolina & Florida State). 

Stanford (now 6th) and (10) Notre Dame each have slipped back one spot, while Penn State dropped from 6th to 8th and Georgetown tumbled from 7th to 13th (Wake Forest, after a loss vs. UVa, slid from 8th to 14th). In addition to Virginia's Tech climb, there are two newcomers this week to the 2013 CNR top-10: (7) Portland (up from 11th) and (9) South Carolina (previously 15th). 

In the broader scope of the CNR top-50, the composition remains virtually unchanged – with (39) Texas and (47) Iowa making their returns to the top-50, while Miami and UConn have slipped outside that top-50 tier.

(Scroll down for further breakdown of the current top-50, with previous top-50s further down the page.)

Here are links to the 12 elements (now including official NCAA RPI) – 10 core factors and two small bonuses – that were used for the current CNR formula:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 33 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 38 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 31 teams)
• ESPNW power rankings (top-15)
Official NCAA RPI (top-60)
• Adjusted RPI (nc-soccer.com; top-60
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; preseason projected top-60 teams)
• 
BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
plus small bonus for:
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls … ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten
SEC  |  B12  |  Mt. West  |  Big East  |  WCC  |  Summit  |  AAC  |  Big West  |  MAC  

As a reminder, the CS360 Composite National Rankings are more than a simple average of polls/rankings/computerized lists (see full description at bottom of page), as in some cases both the team rankings and the voting points within a certain poll are factored into the formula – meaning that teams receiving nearly the same voting points receive similar credit in the CNR formula (even though their actual ranking in that specific poll is different) while in other cases there may be two teams separated by only one ranking spot in a poll but their actual voting points are beyond the standard deviation. Again, these factors are reflected in the CNR formula to give a more accurate depiction of each team relative to the others.

For the current CNR, the 12 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 a small bonus factor (max. 1.0 each) based on  predicted conference finish (which could lead to an automatic bid in the NCAAs). 

The current CNR top-10 now includes five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (UVa, UNC, FSU, VT & ND) and two Pac-12 (UCLA & Stanford), along with the WCC's Portland, the Big Ten's Penn State & South Carolina from the SEC

Returners to the CNR Top-50 – (39) Texas … (47) Iowa
Biggest Improvement Within the CNR Top-50 – Colorado College (#39 to #30)
Dropped Out of the CNR Top-50 – (48) Miami ... (49) Connecticut
Biggest Drops Within the CNR Top-50 – Minnesota (#28 to #35) … Arkansas (#38 to #45)

Current CNR Top-50 Breakdown by Conference:
• ACC (10): 1–Virginia, 3–North Carolina, 4–Florida State, 5–Virginia Tech, 10–Notre Dame, 14–Wake Forest,
31–Boston College, 33–Maryland, 37–Duke & 42–Clemson 
• 
SEC (9): 9–South Carolina, 16–Florida, 219–Kentucky, 24–Texas A&M, 27–Mississippi, 40–LSU, 41–Tennessee,
45–Arkansas & 48–Georgia
• 
Pac-12 (7): 2–UCLA, 6–Stanford, 20–California, 29–Washington State, 36–Arizona State, 38–Colorado & 46–Utah
• 
Big Ten (7): 8–Penn State, 17–Michigan, 23–Nebraska, 26–Wisconsin, 35–Minnesota, 47–Iowa & 49–Ohio State
• WCC (4): 7–Portland, 11–Santa Clara, 25–BYU & 50–Pepperdine 
• Big 12 (4): 12–West Virginia, 22–Texas Tech, 28–Baylor, 39–Texas & 43–Oklahoma State
• 
American Athletic (3): 21–UCF, 32–Rutgers & 34–Louisville 
• 
BIG EAST (2): 13–Georgetown & 18–Marquette
• 
One Each: Summit (15–Denver) … Conference USA (30–Colorado College) … Colonial (44–William & Mary)

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-12 seasons. Other ingredients – NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

Notes on CS360's Composite National Rankings Formula (created by Pete LaFleur):
The CNR closely resembles the composite national rankings on CS360's sister site, CollegeBaseball360.com. The CNR consists of an average of multiple polls/ratings and the CNR point totals ultimately are scaled to a convenient 100-point format.

In the raw formula, a #1-ranked team in any of the polls/ratings typically receives 60 points, the #2 team gets 59, etc. The Soccer America poll is the most basic in this regard, as it has a top-25 and no "also receiving votes" teams. When two or more teams are tied for one spot, they receive an equal share of the combined points for those spots. In the end, each team can receive a a maximum of 60 CNR points from each of the seven polls/ratings. That total then is divided by seven and then 40 typically is added to yield the score on the handy 100-point scale (at the beginning and end of seasons, the number added often is a bit less, such as 38, to allow for bonus points to be factored into the formula).

One wrinkle within the CNR formula credits teams based on voting or rating "points" in certain polls/ratings (in addition to their spots on the list; note that the NSCAA preseason poll did not include the usual voting-points information). By using this correction, teams that have virtually the same number of voting points then will receive nearly the same amount of credit in the CNR (conversely, teams that have a wider margin in votes or rating points will have a bigger gap in their credits within the CNR formula). 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).

For the 2013 preseason CNR formula (and through mid-October), a small bonus was included for two factors (max. 1.0 point each): projected strength of schedule and predicted conference finish (which can lead to an automatic NCAA bid) and the formula was adjusted to add 38 (rather than 40) to the avg. of the primary factors.  


CollegeSoccer360
DI Women's Soccer  Composite National Rankings #10
(Oct. 24, 2013)                            
Rank. Team (Pts) ... prev.

1. Virginia 
2. UCLA  
3. North Carolina 
4. Florida State  
5. Virginia Tech 
6. Stanford 

7. Portland 
8. Penn State  
9. South Carolina  
10. Notre Dame  
11. Santa Clara 
12. West Virginia  
13. Georgetown 
14. Wake Forest 
15. Denver 
16. Florida  
17. Michigan 
18. Marquette 
19. Kentucky 
20. California 
21. UCF  
22. Texas Tech  
23. Nebraska 
24. Texas A&M 
25. BYU  
26. Wisconsin  
27. Mississippi  
28. Baylor
29. Washington State  
30. Colo. College  
31. Boston College  
32. Rutgers 
33. Maryland 
34. Louisville  
35. Minnesota 
36. Arizona State  
37. Duke  
38. Colorado 
39. Texas 
40. LSU
41. Tennessee 
42. Clemson 
43. Oklahoma State  
44. William & Mary
45. Arkansas  
46. Utah
47. Iowa 
48. Georgia 
49. Ohio State 
50. Pepperdine  

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CNR #8 (10/9/13) – Three teams in the top-10 of CS360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) are coming off upset losses, most notably Stanford's rare home defeat vs. Arizona State (dropping the Cardinal from #2 to #5 in the CNR). Notre Dame – on the heels of a home tie vs. Wake Forest and a loss at Miami – has slipped from 6th to 9th, while Penn State actually moved up a spot (#7 to #6) despite losing at Minnesota.

Virginia remains atop the CNR for the fourth straight week while the next three teams – UCLA, North Carolina & Florida State – each have moved up a spot, after Stanford's loss to ASU. Georgetown – which this season cracked the CNR top-10 for the first time – has clamped from 9th to 7th, while Wake Forest remains in the 8th spot and (10) Virginia Tech gives the ACC a sixth top-10 team (Portland slipped from 10th to 11th).

Wake Forest and Notre Dame, coming off their 1-1 tie, fittingly are in a virtual tie in the CNR point structure (separated by only .01 on the 100-point scale), with Georgetown holding only a 0.31 margin on WFU.

There are six newcomers/returners to the CNR top-50: (33) Louisville, 37) Tennessee, (44) William & Mary, (45) LSU, (47) Utah & (48) Miami. 

(Scroll down for further breakdown of the current top-50, with previous top-50s further down the page.)

Here are links to the 12 elements (now including official NCAA RPI) – 10 core factors and two small bonuses – that were used for the current CNR formula:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 34 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 38 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
• 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 32 teams)
• ESPNW power rankings (top-15; not updated this week)
• Official NCAA RPI (top-60)
• Adjusted RPI (nc-soccer.com; top-60
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; preseason projected top-60 teams)
• 
BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
plus small bonuses for:
• Projected Strength of Schedule (unofficial, per NC-Soccer.com; top-60 teams)
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls … 
ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten
SEC  |  B12  |  Mt. West  |  Big East  |  WCC  |  Summit  |  AAC  |  Big West  |  MAC  

As a reminder, the CS360 Composite National Rankings are more than a simple average of polls/rankings/computerized lists (see full description at bottom of page), as in some cases both the team rankings and the voting points within a certain poll are factored into the formula – meaning that teams receiving nearly the same voting points receive similar credit in the CNR formula (even though their actual ranking in that specific poll is different) while in other cases there may be two teams separated by only one ranking spot in a poll but their actual voting points are beyond the standard deviation. Again, these factors are reflected in the CNR formula to give a more accurate depiction of each team relative to the others.

For the current CNR, the 12 core elements are averaged (on an initial max. scale of 60) and the final 100-point scale is completed by adding 38 and then including two bonus factors (max. 1.0 each) based on projected strength of schedule and predicted conference finish (which could lead to an automatic bid in the NCAAs). 

The current CNR top-10 now includes six teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (UVa, UNC, FSU, Wake, ND & VT) and two Pac-12 (UCLA & Stanford), along with the Big Ten's Penn State & Georgetown from the BIG EAST.

Newcomers/Returners to the CNR Top-50 – (33) Louisville … (37) Tennessee … (44) William & Mary … (45) LSU … (47) Utah … (48) Miami (all but LOU and W&M were in CNR top-50 earlier this season)
Biggest Improvements Within the CNR Top-50 – Minnesota (#38 to #28) 
… Arizona State (#39 to #32)

Dropped Out of the CNR Top-50 – (43) Missouri … (44) Illinois … (47) Long Beach State … (48) Boston Univ. … (49) Indiana … (50) UC Irvine
Biggest Drops Within the CNR Top-50 – Georgia (#27 to #42) … Ohio State (#35 to #50) … Pepperdine (#37 to #46) … Connecticut (#40 to #49) … Maryland (#23 to #30)

Current CNR Top-50 Breakdown by Conference:
• ACC (11): 1–Virginia, 3–North Carolina, 4–Florida State, 8–Wake Forest, 9–Notre Dame, 10–Virginia Tech, 
30–Maryland, 34–Boston Collegem 36–Duke, 41–Clemson & 48–Miami 
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SEC (9): 13–Florida, 15–South Carolina, 25–Kentucky, 27–Texas A&M, 29–Mississippi, 37–Tennessee,
38–Arkansas, 42–Georgia & 45–LSU
• 
Pac-12 (7): 2–UCLA, 5–Stanford, 14–California, 31–Washington State, 32–Arizona State, 35–Colorado & 47–Utah
• 
Big Ten (6): 6–Penn State, 18–Michigan, 23–Nebraska, 26–Wisconsin, 28–Minnesota & 50–Ohio State
• WCC (4): 11–Portland, 12–Santa Clara, 22–BYU & 46–Pepperdine 
• Big 12 (4): 17–West Virginia, 21–Texas Tech, 24–Baylor & 43–Oklahoma State
• 
American Athletic (4): 19–UCF, 33–Louisville, 40–Rutgers & 49–Connecticut
• 
BIG EAST (2): 7–Georgetown & 20–Marquette
• 
One Each: Summit (14–Denver) … Conference USA (42–Colorado College) … Colonial (44–William & Mary)

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-12 seasons. Other ingredients – NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

CollegeSoccer360 DI Women's Soccer Composite National Rankings #8 (Oct. 9, 2013)

Rank. Team (Pts) ... prev.

1. Virginia (98.26) … 1
2. UCLA (96.88) … 3
3. North Carolina (95.98) … 4
4. Florida State (95.12) … 5
5. Stanford (94.18) … 2
6. Penn State (90.74) … 7
7. Georgetown (89.71) … 9
8. Wake Forest (89.40) … 8
9. Notre Dame (89.39) … 6
10. Virginia Tech (87.09) … 12
11. Portland (84.98) … 10
12. Santa Clara (82.38) … 13
13. Florida (81.42) … 11
14. California (80.45) … 17
15. South Carolina (80.14) … 15
16. Denver (79.86) … 14
17. West Virginia (79.23) … 16
18. Michigan (75.83) … 22
19. UCF (75.41) … 19
20. Marquette (72.92) … 25
21. Texas Tech (72.21) … 18
22. BYU (71.34) … 26
23. Nebraska (67.19) … 28
24. Baylor (66.98) … 20
25. Kentucky (66.54) … 21
26. Wisconsin (65.65) … 24
27. Texas A&M (64.04) … 30
28. Minnesota (62.16) … 38
29. Mississippi (61.12) … 29
30. Maryland (60.35) … 23
31. Washington State (58.95) … 32
32. Arizona State (57.63) … 39
33. Louisville (57.08) … –
34. Boston College (56.95) … 34
35. Colorado (53.84) … 31
36. Duke (53.19) … 33
37. Tennessee (50.99) … –
38. Arkansas (49.90) … 36
39. Colorado College (48.63) … 42
40. Rutgers (46.62) … 46
41. Clemson (46.18) … 45
42. Georgia (45.91) … 27
43. Oklahome State (45.63) … 41
44. William & Mary (45.59) … –
45. LSU (45.45) … –
46. Pepperdine (45.27) … 37
47. Utah (44.97) … –
48. Miami (44.96) … –
49. Connecticut (43.80) … 40
50. Ohio State (43.76) … 35
Next 5 – South Florida, Iowa, La Salle, Boston Univ. & UC Irvine

Dropped out of CNR top-50:
43. Missouri 
44. Illinois
47. Long Beach state
48. Boston University
49. Indiana 
50. UC Irvine  

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CNR #7 (10/3/13) – Virginia, off to an 11-0-0 start and one of only six unbeatens remaining among 329 DI women's programs, still sits atop CS360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR). Following its tie vs. Clemson (one of two newcomers this week to the CNR top-50), Florida State slipped back from the #2 to #5 spot, with the current #2-#4 teams Stanford, UCLA and North Carolina each moving up one position. Notre Dame (#6) and (9) Georgetown maintained their spots within the top-10, while Penn State (now 7th) and (8) Wake Forest swapped positions, as did current (10) Portland and (11) Florida.

UC Irvine (50) joins Clemson (45) as the two newcomers this week to the CS360 top-50). The ACC now holds down 10 of the 50 spots, with another team from the conference (Miami) appearing in the CS360 top-50 earlier this season.

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

Here are links to the 12 elements (now including official NCAA RPI) – 10 core factors and two small bonuses – that were used for the current CNR formula:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 40 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 42 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-26)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
• 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 32 teams)
• ESPNW power rankings (top-15)
• Official NCAA RPI (top-60)
• Adjusted RPI (nc-soccer.com; top-60
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; preseason projected top-60 teams)
• 
BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
plus small bonuses for:
• Projected Strength of Schedule (unofficial, per NC-Soccer.com; top-60 teams)
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls … 
ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten
SEC  |  B12  |  Mt. West  |  Big East  |  WCC  |  Summit  |  AAC  |  Big West  |  MAC  

As a reminder, the CS360 Composite National Rankings are more than a simple average of polls/rankings/computerized lists (see full description at bottom of page), as in some cases both the team rankings and the voting points within a certain poll are factored into the formula – meaning that teams receiving nearly the same voting points receive similar credit in the CNR formula (even though their actual ranking in that specific poll is different) while in other cases there may be two teams separated by only one ranking spot in a poll but their actual voting points are beyond the standard deviation. Again, these factors are reflected in the CNR formula to give a more accurate depiction of each team relative to the others.

For the current CNR, the 10 core elements are averaged (on an initial max. scale of 60) and the final 100-point scale is completed by adding 38 and then including two bonus factors (max. 1.0 each) based on projected strength of schedule and predicted conference finish (which could lead to an automatic bid in the NCAAs). 

The current CNR top-10 again includes five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (UVa, UNC, FSU, ND & Wake) and two Pac-12 (Stanford & UCLA), along with the Big Ten's Penn State, Georgetown from the BIG EAST and the WCC's Portland.

Newcomers to the CNR Top-50 – (45) Clemson … (50) UC Irvine
Biggest Improvements Within the CNR Top-50 – Marquette (#37 to #25) … Denver (#23 to #14) … 
West Virginia (#25 to #16) … Boston College (#42 to #34) … Colorado (#38 to #31) … UConn (#47 to #40)
Dropped Out of the CNR Top-50 – (33) Tennessee … (40) Memphis
Biggest Drops Within the CNR Top-50 – Indiana (#36 to #49) … Duke #22 to #33) … Michigan (#14 to #22) …Maryland (#15 to #23)

Current CNR Top-50 Breakdown by Conference:
• ACC (10): 1–Virginia, 4–North Carolina, 5–Florida State, 6–Notre Dame, 8–Wake Forest, 12–Virginia Tech, 
23–Maryland, 33–Duke, 34–Boston College & 45–Clemson 
• 
SEC (8): 11–Florida, 15–South Carolina, 21–Kentucky, 27–Georgia, 29–Mississippi, 30–Texas A&M, 
36–Arkansas & 43–Missouri
• 
Big Ten (8): 7–Penn State, 22–Michigan, 24–Wisconsin, 28–Nebraska, 35–Ohio State, 38–Minnesota, 44–Illinois
& 49–Indiana 
• 
Pac-12 (6): 2–Stanford, 3–UCLA 17–California, 31–Colorado, 32–Washington State & 39–Arizona State 
• WCC (4): 10–Portland, 13–Santa Clara, 26–BYU & 37–Pepperdine 
• Big 12 (4): 16–West Virginia, 18–Texas Tech, 20–Baylor & 41–Oklahoma State
• 
American Athletic (3): 19–UCF, 40–Connecticut & 46–Rutgers
• 
BIG EAST (2): 9–Georgetown & 25–Marquette
• 
Big West (2): 47–Long Beach State & 50–UC Irvine
• 
One Each: Summit (14–Denver) … Conference USA (42–Colorado College)… Patriot (48–Boston Univ.)

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-12 seasons. Other ingredients – NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

CollegeSoccer360 DI Women's Soccer Composite National Rankings #7 (Oct. 3, 2013)

Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous

1. Virginia (98.47) … 1
2. Stanford (97.20) … 3
3. UCLA (95.94) … 4

4. North Carolina (94.36) … 5
5. Florida State (94.04) … 2
6. Notre Dame (93.32) … 6
7. Penn State (92.28) … 8
8. Wake Forest (89.35) … 7
9. Georgetown (88.37) … 9
10. Portland (87.63) … 11
11. Florida (85.32) … 10
12. Virginia Tech (85.30) … 13
13. Santa Clara (82.48) … 12
14. Denver (79.48) … 23
15. South Carolina (76.52) … 20
16. West Virginia (75.97) … 25
17. California (74.13) … 18
18. Texas Tech (73.80) … 19
19. UCF (72.77) … 24
20. Baylor (71.20) … 17
21. Kentucky (71.05) … 16
22. Michigan (70.71) … 14
23. Maryland (68.56) … 15
24. Wisconsin (66.31) … 30
25. Marquette (65.21) … 37
26. BYU (64.11) … 21
27. Georgia (62.45) … 26
28. Nebraska (61.90) … 34
29. Mississippi (61.59) … 27
30. Texas A&M (61.18) … 28
31. Colorado (59.61) … 38
32. Washington State (58.49) … 29
33. Duke (58.43) … 22
34. Boston College (57.40) … 42
35. Ohio State (55.99) … 32
36. Arkansas (55.08) … 41
37. Pepperdine (54.08) … 31
38. Minnesota (52.37) … 35
39. Arizona State (51.78) … 45
40. Connecticut (51.00) … 47
41. Oklahoma State (49.55) … 39
42. Colorado College (47.79) … 48
43. Missouri (47.07) … 49
44. Illinois (46.58) … 44
45. Clemson (46.45) … –
46. Rutgers (46.34) … 43
47. Long Beach State (46.22) … 46
48. Boston University (46.13) … 50
49. Indiana (45.31) … 36
50. UC Irvine (44.91) … –

Dropped out of CNR top-50:
33. Tennessee
40. Memphis

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CNR #6 (9/25/13) – There was shuffling amidst six of the top-10 teams in CS360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) for Division I women's soccer, most notably Florida State's move from #5 to #2 (after beating UNC for the third straight time). Top-ranked Virginia maintained its position, as did (3) Stanford, (4) UCLA and (8) Penn State – while current #6 Notre Dame and (9) Georgetown each moved up one spot. Three teams slid back but remained in the top-10: North Carolina (#2 to #5), Wake Forest (#6 to #7) and Florida (#9 to #10).

Two teams – (36) Indiana and (48) Colorado College – have made their 2013 debut in the CNR top-50, while four other teams (Memphis, Long Beach, UConn & Missouri) have returned to the top-50 after being part of the CNR earlier this season.

Here are links to the 12 elements (now including official NCAA RPI) – 10 core factors and two small bonuses – that were used for the current CNR formula:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 37 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 43 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
• 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 32 teams)
• ESPNW power rankings (top-15)
• Official NCAA RPI (top-60)
• Adjusted RPI (nc-soccer.com; top-60
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; preseason projected top-60 teams)
• 
BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
plus small bonuses for:
• Projected Strength of Schedule (unofficial, per NC-Soccer.com; top-60 teams)
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls … 
ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten
SEC  |  B12  |  Mt. West  |  Big East  |  WCC  |  Summit  |  AAC  |  Big West  |  MAC  

As a reminder, the CS360 Composite National Rankings are more than a simple average of polls/rankings/computerized lists (see full description at bottom of page), as in some cases both the team rankings and the voting points within a certain poll are factored into the formula – meaning that teams receiving nearly the same voting points receive similar credit in the CNR formula (even though their actual ranking in that specific poll is different) while in other cases there may be two teams separated by only one ranking spot in a poll but their actual voting points are beyond the standard deviation. Again, these factors are reflected in the CNR formula to give a more accurate depiction of each team relative to the others.

For the current CNR, the 12 core elements are averaged (on an initial max. scale of 60) and the final 100-point scale is completed by adding 38 and then including two bonus factors (max. 1.0 each) based on projected strength of schedule and predicted conference finish (which could lead to an automatic bid in the NCAAs). 

The current CNR top-10 again includes five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (UVa, FSU, UNC, ND & Wake) and two Pac-12 (Stanford & UCLA), along with the Big Ten's Penn State, Florida out of the SEC and Georgetown from the BIG EAST. 

Newcomers/Returners to the CNR Top-50 – (36) Indiana … (40) Memphis …
(46) Long Beach State … (47) Connecticut … (48) Colorado College … (49) Missouri

Biggest Improvements Within the CNR Top-50 – Tennessee (#49 to #33) …Nebraska (#47 to #34) …Georgia (#38 to #26) … Washington State (#39 to #29) …Virginia Tech (#22 to #13) … Mississippi (#34 to #27) … Colorado (#45 to #38)
Dropped Out of the CNR Top-50 – (35) USC … (43) UC Irvine … (44) North Texas … (46) La Salle … (48) Iowa … (50) San Diego
Biggest Drops Within the CNR Top-50 – Boston Univ. (#37 to #50) … Duke (#13 to #22) … Denver (#14 to #23) …Minnesota (#26 to #35)

Current CNR Top-50 Breakdown by Conference:
• ACC (9): 1–Virginia, 2–Florida State, 5–North Carolina, 6–Notre Dame, 7–Wake Forest, 13–Virginia Tech, 
15–Maryland, 22–Duke & 42–Boston College 
• 
SEC (9): 10–Florida, 16–Kentucky, 20–South Carolina, 26–Georgia, 27–Mississippi, 28–Texas A&M, 
33–Tennessee, 41–Arkansas & 49–Missouri
• 
Big Ten (8): 8–Penn State, 14–Michigan, 30–Wisconsin, 32–Ohio State, 34–Nebraska, 35–Minnesota, 36–Indiana 
& 44–Illinois
• 
Pac-12 (6): 3–Stanford, 4–UCLA 18–California, 29–Washington State, 38–Colorado & 45–Arizona State 
• WCC (4): 11–Portland, 12–Santa Clara, 21–BYU & 31–Pepperdine 
• Big 12 (4): 17–Baylor, 19–Texas Tech, 25–West Virginia & 39–Oklahoma State
• BIG EAST (3): 9–Georgetown, 37–Marquette & (40) Memphis
• 
American Athletic (3): 24–UC, 43–Rutgers & (47) Connecticut
• 
One Each: Summit (#23–Denver) … Big West (#46 Long Beach State) … Conference USA (#48 Colorado College)… Patriot (#50 Boston Univ.)

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-12 seasons. Other ingredients – NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

CollegeSoccer360 DI Women's Soccer Composite National Rankings #6  (9–25–13)
Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous

1. Virginia (98.17) … 1
2. Florida State (96.38) … 5
3. Stanford (95.99) … 3
4. UCLA (94.99) … 4

5. North Carolina (94.77) … 2
6. Notre Dame (93.54) … 7
7. Wake Forest (93.20) … 6
8. Penn State (90.72) … 8
9. Georgetown (87.94) … 10
10. Florida (87.71) … 9
11. Portland (85.50) … 11
12. Santa Clara (82.35) … 16
13. Virginia Tech (80.19) … 22
14. Michigan (78.04) … 20
15. Maryland (77.49) … 18
16. Kentucky (76.94) … 21
17. Baylor (76.70) … 12
18. California (74.18) … 19
19. Texas Tech (73.78) … 23
20. South Carolina (73.71) … 17
21. BYU (72.8.1) … 15
22. Duke (70.21) … 13
23. Denver (69.88) … 14
24. UCF (68.48) … 27
25. West Virginia (64.14) … 25
26. Georgia (63.94) … 38
27. Ole Miss (62.27) … 34
28. Texas A&M (60.69) … 24
29. Washington State (59.19) … 39
30. Wisconsin (58.57) … 30
31. Pepperdine (56.99) … 28
32. Ohio State (56.46) … 29
33. Tennessee (56.14) … 49
34. Nebraska (56.07) … 47
35. Minnesota (54.97) … 26
36. Indiana (54.92) … –
37. Marquette (53.77) … 33
38. Colorado (52.68) … 45
39. Oklahoma State (52.59) … 40
40. Memphis (51.73) … –
41. Arkansas (50.95) … 31
42. Boston College (50.94) … 36
43. Rutgers (48.82) … 41
44. Illinois (47.51) … 42
45. Arizona St. (46.05) … 32
46. Long Beach (45.63) … –
47. UConn (44.67) … –
48. Colorado College (44.45) … –
49. Missouri (44.23) … –
50. Boston Univ. (44.17) … 37

Dropped out of CNR top-50:
35. USC 
43. UC Irvine  
44. North Texas  
46. La Salle  
48. Iowa  
50. San Diego 

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CNR #5 (9/18/13) – There's a new team atop CS360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR), a Virginia has moved in front of ACC rival Stanford while the #3-#7 spots remain unchanged (Stanford, UCLA, Florida State, Wake Forest and Notre Dame). Penn State has returned to the CNR top-10 (up from #11 to #8) while Florida has bumped up a spot to 9th and Georgetown is in the top-10 for the first time in the six-year history of the CNR (moving up from 16th to 10th). Baylor slid out of the top-10 (from 9th to 12th), as did BYU, dropping from 8th to 15th. 

After an upset-filled week, there are six newcomers/returners to the CNR top-50: (37) Boston Univ., (41) Rutgers), (43) UC Irvine, (44) North Texas, (46) La Salle and (47) Nebraska.

Here are links to the 11 elements – nine core factors and two small bonuses – that were used for the current CNR formula:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 40 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 42 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
• 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 30 teams)
• ESPNW power rankings (top-15)
Adjusted RPI (nc-soccer.com; top-60
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; preseason projected top-60 teams)
• 
BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
plus small bonuses for:
• Projected Strength of Schedule (unofficial, per NC-Soccer.com; top-60 teams)
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls … 
ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten
SEC  |  B12  |  Mt. West  |  Big East  |  WCC  |  Summit  |  AAC  |  Big West  |  MAC  

As a reminder, the CS360 Composite National Rankings are more than a simple average of polls/rankings/computerized lists (see full description at bottom of page), as in some cases both the team rankings and the voting points within a certain poll are factored into the formula – meaning that teams receiving nearly the same voting points receive similar credit in the CNR formula (even though their actual ranking in that specific poll is different) while in other cases there may be two teams separated by only one ranking spot in a poll but their actual voting points are beyond the standard deviation. Again, these factors are reflected in the CNR formula to give a more accurate depiction of each team relative to the others.

For the current CNR, the nine core elements are averaged (on an initial max. scale of 60) and the final 100-point scale is completed by adding 38 and then including two bonus factors (max. 1.0 each) based on projected strength of schedule and predicted conference finish (which could lead to an automatic bid in the NCAAs). 

The current CNR top-10 includes five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (UVa, UNC, FSU, Wake & ND) and two Pac-12 (Stanford & UCLA), along with the Big Ten's Penn State, Florida out of the SEC and Georgetown from the BIG EAST. 

Newcomers to the CNR Top-50 – (37) Boston Univ. … (41) Rutgers … (43) UC Irvine
… (44) North Texas … (46) La Salle … (47) Nebraska)

Biggest Improvements Within the CNR Top-50 – Kentucky (#36 to #21) …
Denver (#23 to #14) … Ohio State (#40 to #29) … Washington State (#48 to #39) … Pepperdine (#35 to #28) … Wisconsin (#37 to #30) … Ole Miss (#41 to #34) … Georgia (#45 to #38)

Dropped Out of the CNR Top-50 – (38) LSU … (39) Miami … (42) Missouri …
(46) Arizona … (49) Connecticut … (50) Utah 

Biggest Drops Within the CNR Top-50 – Tennessee (#27 to #49) … Marquette (#21 to #33) … Colorado (#34 to #45)… Michigan (#15 to #25) … USC (#25 to #35) … BYU (#8 to #15) … Michigan (#13 to #20) … Boston College (#29 to  #36) … Oklahoma State (#33 to #40) … San Diego (#43 to #50)

Current CNR Top-50 Breakdown by Conference:
• ACC (9): 1–Virginia, 2–North Carolina, 5–Florida State, 6–Wake Forest, 7–Notre Dame, 13–Duke, 18–Maryland, 
22–Virginia Tech & 36–Boston College 
• 
SEC (8): 9–Florida, 17–South Carolina, 21–Kentucky, 24–Texas A&M, 31–Arkansas, 34–Mississippi, 38–Georgia
& 49–Tennessee
• 
Big Ten (8): 8–Penn State, 20–Michigan, 26–Minnesota, 29–Ohio State, 30–Wisconsin, 42–Illinois, 47–Nebraska & 48–Iowa
• 
Pac-12 (7): 3–Stanford, 4–UCLA 19–California, 32–Arizona State, 35–USC, 39–Washington State & 45–Colorado
• WCC (5): 11–Portland, 15–BYU, 16–Santa Clara, 28–Pepperdine & 50–San Diego 
• Big 12 (4): 12–Baylor, 23–Texas Tech, 25–West Virginia & 40–Oklahoma State
• BIG EAST (2): 10–Georgetown & 33–Marquette
• 
American Athletic (2): 27–UCF & 41–Rutgers
• 
One Each: Summit (#14–Denver) … Patriot (#37 Boston Univ.) … Big West (#43 UC Irvine) …
Conference USA (#44 North Texas) … #Atlantic-10 (#46 La Salle)

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-12 seasons. Other ingredients – NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

CollegeSoccer360 DI Women's Soccer Composite National Rankings #5  (Sept. 18, 2013)
Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous
1. Virginia (98.51) … 2
2. North Carolina (95.88) … 1

3. Stanford (95.84) … 3
4. UCLA (94.98) … 4

5. Florida State (94.38) … 5
6. Wake Forest (93.92) … 6
7. Notre Dame (93.61) … 7
8. Penn State (90.66) … 11
9. Florida (87.18) … 10
10. Georgetown (86.37) … 16
11. Portland (85.88) … 14
12. Baylor (83.29) … 9
13. Duke (82.11) … 12
14. Denver (79.51) … 23
15. BYU (78.77) … 8
16. Santa Clara (77.99) … 20
17. South Carolina (77.28) … 18
18. Maryland (75.37) … 19
19. California (73.84) … 17
20. Michigan (72.19) … 13
21. Kentucky (70.83) … 36
22. Virginia Tech (70.50) … 24
23. Texas Tech (69.88) … 26
24. Texas A&M (69.40) … 22
25. West Virginia (66.57) … 15
26. Minnesota (62.52) … 28
27. UCF (61.79) … 30
28. Pepperdine (60.35) … 35
29. Ohio State (59.56) … 40
30. Wisconsin (58.53) … 37
31. Arkansas (58.26) … 31
32. Arizona State (57.91) … 32
33. Marquette (55.73) … 21
34. Mississippi (55.39) … 41
35. USC (52.33) … 25
36. Boston College (52.04) … 29
37. Boston Univ. (49.76) … –
38. Georgia (49.60) … 45
39. Washington State (47.98) … 48
40. Oklahoma State (47.95) … 33
41. Rutgers (47.08) … –
42. Illinois (46.88) … 44
43. UC Irvine (46.53) … –
44. North Texas (45.51) … –
45. Colorado (45.37) … 34
46. La Salle (44.44) … –
47. Nebraska (43.64) … –
48. Iowa (43.03) … 47
49. Tennessee (42.84) … 27
50. San Diego (42.81) … 43

Dropped out of CNR top-50:
38. LSU
39. Miami
42. Missouri
46. Arizona
49. Connecticut
50. Utah

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CNR #4 (9/11/13) – The North Carolina women crept closer to near-unanimous status as the top team in CollegeSoccer360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) while Virginia followed Stanford and UCLA as the third different team to hold down the #2 spot so far this season (UVa bumped up from #4). Current #3 Stanford and (5) Florida State have swapped spots from the previous week, as have current #6 Wake Forest and (7) Notre Dame. UCLA's 1-0 loss vs. UNC dropped the Bruins from the #2 to 4th spot, with BYU remaining #8 while Baylor (up from #13 to #9) and Florida (#11 to #10) are newcomers to the top-10, replacing Penn State (dropped from #10 to #11) and Duke (down from #9 to #12).

Newcomers to the CNR top-50 include (45) Georgia, (46) Arizona and (47) Iowa.

Here are links to the 10 elements – eight core factors and two small bonuses – that were used for the current CNR formula:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 43 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 42 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-30)
• 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 28 teams)
• ESPNW power rankings (top-15)
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; preseason projected top-60 teams)
• 
BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
plus small bonuses for:
• Projected Strength of Schedule (unofficial, per NC-Soccer.com; top-60 teams)
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls … 
ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten
SEC  |  B12  |  Mt. West  |  Big East  |  WCC  |  Summit  |  AAC  |  Big West  |  MAC  

As a reminder, the CS360 Composite National Rankings are more than a simple average of polls/rankings/computerized lists (see full description at bottom of page), as in some cases both the team rankings and the voting points within a certain poll are factored into the formula – meaning that teams receiving nearly the same voting points receive similar credit in the CNR formula (even though their actual ranking in that specific poll is different) while in other cases there may be two teams separated by only one ranking spot in a poll but their actual voting points are beyond the standard deviation. Again, these factors are reflected in the CNR formula to give a more accurate depiction of each team relative to the others.

For the current CNR, the eight core elements are averaged (on an initial max. scale of 60) and the final 100-point scale is completed by adding 38 and then including two bonus factors (max. 1.0 each) based on projected strength of schedule and predicted conference finish (which could lead to an automatic bid in the NCAAs). 

The current CNR top-10 includes five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (UNC, UVa, FSU, Wake & ND) and two Pac-12 (Stanford & UCLA), along with BYU from the WCC, the Big 12's Baylor and Florida out of the SEC. 

Newcomers to the CNR Top-50 – (45) Georgia … (46) Arizona … & (47) Iowa
Biggest Improvements Within the CNR Top-50 – Minnesota (#45 to #28) … Arkansas (#40 to #31) … Virginia Tech (#32 to #24)
Dropped Out of the CNR Top-50 – (43) Oregon State … (44) Rutgers …
& (47) Kansas

Biggest Drops Within the CNR Top-50 – Pepperdine (#24 to #35) … Illinois (#27 to #44) … Wisconsin (#25 to #37) … Missouri (#34 to #42) … Washington State (#36 to #48) ... Ohio State (#33 to #40) 

Current CNR Top-50 Breakdown by Conference:
• ACC (10): 1–North Carolina, 2–Virginia, 5–Florida State, 6–Wake Forest, 7–Notre Dame, 12–Duke, 19–Maryland, 
24–Virginia Tech, 29–Boston College  & 39–Miami
• 
SEC (10): 10–Florida, 18–South Carolina, 22–Texas A&M, 27–Tennessee, 31–Arkansas, 36–Kentucky, 38–LSU,
41–Mississippi, 42–Missouri & 45–Georgia
• 
Pac-12 (9): 3–Stanford, 4–UCLA 17–California, 25–USC, 32–Arizona State, 34–Colorado, 46–Arizona,
48–Washington State & 50–Utah
• Big Ten (7): 11–Penn State, 13–Michigan, 28–Minnesota, 37–Wisconsin, 40–Ohio State, 44–Illinois & 47–Iowa
• WCC (5): 8–BYU, 14–Portland, 20–Santa Clara, 35–Pepperdine & 43–San Diego 
• Big 12 (4): 9–Baylor, 15–West Virginia, 26–Texas Tech & 33–Oklahoma State
• BIG EAST (2): 16–Georgetown & 21–Marquette
• 
American Athletic (2): 30–UCF & 49–Connecticut
• Summit (1): 23–Denver

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-12 seasons. Other ingredients – NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

CollegeSoccer360 
DI Women's Soccer Composite National Rankings #4 (Sept. 11, 2013)
Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous

1. North Carolina (99.58) … 1
2. Virginia (98.68) … 4
3. Stanford (96.92) … 5
4. UCLA (96.45) … 2

5. Florida State (95.15) … 3
6. Wake Forest (93.46) … 7
7. Notre Dame (91.79) … 6
8. BYU (90.79) … 8
9. Baylor (87.74) … 13
10. Florida (87.51) … 11
11. Penn State (86.91) … 10
12. Duke (86.75) … 9
13. Michigan (86.50) … 14
14. Portland (85.47) … 12
15. West Virginia (80.77) … 16
16. Georgetown (76.40) … 18
17. California (75.83) … 17
18. South Carolina (75.09) … 21
19. Maryland (72.50) … 15
20. Santa Clara (72.25) … 20
21. Marquette (72.00) … 26
22. Texas A&M (68.98) … 23
23. Denver (68.17) … 22
24. Virginia Tech (66.83) … 32
25. USC (64.58) … 19
26. Texas Tech (61.12) … 30
27. Tennessee (61.06) … 29
28. Minnesota (60.16) … 45
29. Boston College (58.17) … 31
30. UCF (57.84) … 28
31. Arkansas (56.80) … 40
32. Arizona State (55.66) … 37
33. Oklahoma State (53.18) … 35
34. Colorado (52.99) … 39
35. Pepperdine (52.19) … 24
36. Kentucky (50.45) … 42
37. Wisconsin (49.41) … 25
38. LSU (49.08) … 41
39. Miami (47.62) … 38
40. Ohio State (47.09) … 33
41. Mississippi (46.35) … 46
42. Missouri (45.60) … 34
43. San Diego (45.57) … 48
44. Illinois (45.40) … 27
45. Georgia (45.28) … –
46. Arizona (44.82) … –
47. Iowa (44.76) … –
48. Washington State (44.25) … 36
49. Connecticut (43.99) … 50
50. Utah (42.93) … 49

Dropped out of CNR top-50:
43. Oregon State
44. Rutgers
47. Kansas

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CNR #3 (9/5/13) – The North Carolina women remained in the top spot of CollegeSoccer360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) while UCLA bumped up from #3 to #2, setting up a rare 1-vs.-2 showdown this week when the Tar Heels tangle with the Bruins (Sept. 6, at Duke). Stanford's tie vs. Portland (which has climbed to #12) dropped the Cardinal from second to fifth in the CNR, with current #3 Florida State and #4 Virginia each climbing one spot. Notre Dame remains in the sixth position, while Penn State's loss to Virginia dropped the Nittany Lions from #7 to 10th  – with Wake Forest (#8 to #7) and BYU (#10 and #8) each moving up within the top-10. Duke remains in the ninth spot, rounding out the CNR's current top-10.

Newcomers/returners to the CNR top-50 include: (39) Colorado, (44) Rutgers, (47) Kansas, (48) San Diego, (49) Utah and (50 Connecticut (USD was 49th in the preseason CNR). Pepperdine – coming off an impressive 3-1 win at Texas A&M – climbed from 42nd to 24th in the current CNR.

Here are links to the 10 elements – eight core factors and two small bonuses – that were used for the current CNR formula:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 46 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 39 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-25)
• 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 27 teams)
• ESPNW power rankings (top-15)
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; preseason projected top-60 teams)
• 
BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
plus small bonuses for:
• Projected Strength of Schedule (unofficial, per NC-Soccer.com; top-60 teams)
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls … 
ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten
SEC  |  B12  |  Mt. West  |  Big East  |  WCC  |  Summit  |  AAC  |  Big West  |  MAC  

As a reminder, the CS360 Composite National Rankings are more than a simple average of polls/rankings/computerized lists (see full description at bottom of page), as in some cases both the team rankings and the voting points within a certain poll are factored into the formula – meaning that teams receiving nearly the same voting points receive similar credit in the CNR formula (even though their actual ranking in that specific poll is different) while in other cases there may be two teams separated by only one ranking spot in a poll but their actual voting points are beyond the standard deviation. Again, these factors are reflected in the CNR formula to give a more accurate depiction of each team relative to the others.

For the current CNR, the eight core elements are averaged (on an initial max. scale of 60) and the final 100-point scale is completed by adding 38 and then including two bonus factors (max. 1.0 each) based on projected strength of schedule and predicted conference finish (which could lead to an automatic bid in the NCAAs). 

The current CNR top-10 still includes six teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (UNC, FSU, UVa, ND, Wake & Duke) and two Pac-12 (UCLA & Stanford), along with BYU from the WCC and Penn State out of the Big Ten.  

Newcomers to the CNR Top-50 – (39) Colorado ... (44) Rutgers ... (47) Kansas ... (48) San Diego ... (49) Utah ... & (50 Connecticut
Biggest Improvements Within the CNR Top-50 – Pepperdine (#42 to #24) … Wisconsin (#36 to #25)
Dropped Out of the CNR Top-50 – (28) San Diego State … (45) Auburn …
(47) Washington … (48) Texas … (49) Memphis … (50) Miami Ohio … (50) Stephen F. Austin

Biggest Drops Within the CNR Top-50 – Texas A&M (#12 to #23) … LSU (#32 to #41) … UCF (#21 to #28) … 
Kentucky (#35 to #42)

Current CNR Top-50 Breakdown by Conference:
• ACC (10): 1–North Carolina, 3–Florida State, 4–Virginia, 6–Notre Dame, 7–Wake Forest, 9–Duke, 15–Maryland, 31–Boston College, 32–Virginia Tech & 38–Miami
• 
SEC (9): 11–Florida, 21–South Carolina, 23–Texas A&M, 29–Tennessee, 34–Missouri, 40–Arkansas, 41–LSU,
42–Kentucky & 46–Mississippi
• Pac-12 (9): 2–UCLA, 5–Stanford, 17–California, 19–USC, 36–Washington State, 37–Arizona State, 39–Colorado,
43–Oregon State & 49–Utah
• Big Ten (6): 10–Penn State, 14–Michigan, 25–Wisconsin, 27–Illinois, 33–Ohio State & 45–Minnesota
• WCC (5): 8–BYU, 12–Portland, 20–Santa Clara, 24–Pepperdine & 48–San Diego 
• Big 12 (5): 13–Baylor, 16–West Virginia, 30–Texas Tech, 33–Oklahoma State & 47–Kansas
• 
American Athletic (3): 28–UCF, 44–Rutgers & 50–Connecticut
• BIG EAST (2): 18–Georgetown & 26–Marquette
• Summit (1): 22–Denver

CollegeSoccer360 DI Women's Soccer Composite National Rankings #3 (9/5/13)
Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous
1. North Carolina (98.89) … 1
2. UCLA (98.45) … 3
3. Florida State (97.93) … 4
4. Virginia (97.54) … 5
5. Stanford (95.63) … 2
6. Notre Dame (91.80) … 6
7. Wake Forest (91.57) … 8
8. BYU (90.98) … 10
9. Duke (88.80) … 9
10. Penn State (86.42) … 7
11. Florida (85.81) … 11
12. Portland (81.93) … 16
13. Baylor (81.16) … 13
14. Michigan (78.86) … 15
15. Maryland (78.54) … 14
16. West Virginia (77.72) … 19
17. California (74.18) … 18
18. Georgetown (77.77) … 22
19. USC (71.57) … 24
20. Santa Clara (69.42) … 17
21. South Carolina (66.54) … 26
22. Denver (66.45) … 23
23. Texas A&M (66.43) … 12
24. Pepperdine (66.27) … 42
25. Wisconsin (66.23) … 36
26. Marquette (65.55) … 20
27. Illinois (59.87) … 31
28. UCF (59.46) … 21
29. Tennessee (58.92) … 34
30. Texas Tech (58.84) … 26
31. Boston College (57.96) … 25
32. Virginia Tech (55.37) … 29
33. Ohio State (52.83) … 30
34. Missouri (52.50) … 39
35. Oklahoma State (50.93) … 38
36. Washington State (50.60) … 33
37. Arizona State (50.38) … 37
38. Miami (50.35) … 40
39. Colorado (49.41) … –
40. Arkansas (49.30) … 41
41. LSU (48.79) … 32
42. Kentucky (48.51) … 35
43. Oregon State (46.88) … 44
44. Rutgers (46.72) … –
45. Minnesota (46.70) … 46
46. Mississippi (46.52) … 43
47. Kansas (45.83) … –
48. San Diego (42.95) … –
49. Utah (42.92) … –
50. Connecticut (42.42) … –

Dropped out of CNR top-50:
28. San Diego State
45. Auburn
47. Washington
48. Texas
49. Memphis
50. Miami (Ohio)
50. Stephen F. Austin

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CNR #2 (8/28/13) – The top four teams in CollegeSoccer360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) remain unchanged (UNC, Stanford, UCLA and Florida State) while Virginia has climbed from #6 to the fifth position, after opening its season with home wins over VCU and Santa Clara. Notre Dame (victorious over Illinois and Northwestern) also climbed within the CNR top-10, moving from 8th to 6th, while Wake Forest (12th to 8th) is the lone newcomer to the CNR top-10, following week-1 wins over Kentucky and Alabama.

Two teams – Penn State (#5 to #7) and Duke (#7 to #9) – each slipped two spots within the CNR top-10, while Texas A&M dropped out of the top-10 (#9 to #12). PSU played to an opening-day tie vs. visiting West Virginia and Duke had a quality opening-day win at A&M … but the Blue Devils ambitious week-1 scheduling caught up to them two days later, in a 1-0 loss at South Carolina (which was not in the CNR preseason top-50 but now checks in at 26th).

In addition to South Carolina, four other teams have entered the CNR top-50: (41) Arkansas, (48) Texas, (49) Memphis and (co-50) Stephen F. Austin – replacing Harvard, Long Beach State, San Diego and Cal State Northridge. USC's pair of quality opening-week wins (4-1 vs. San Diego State and 4-2 vs. the Univ. of San Diego, both at USD) vaulted the Women of Troy from 37th to 24th, this week's biggest jump within the CNR top-50.

Here are links to the 10 elements – eight core factors and two small bonuses – that were used for the current CNR formula:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 39 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 37 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-25)
• 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 31 teams)
ESPNW power rankings (preseason top-15)
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; preseason projected top-60 teams)
• 
BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-60 teams)
plus small bonuses for:
• Projected Strength of Schedule (unofficial, per NC-Soccer.com; top-60 teams)
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls … 
ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten
SEC  |  B12  |  Mt. West  |  Big East  |  WCC  |  Summit  |  AAC  |  Big West  |  MAC  

There currently are 14 schools that feature their women's soccer team in College Soccer 360's CNR top-50 and their men's team in that CNR top-40 (there are fewer D-I men's teams and a smaller field, 48, in the NCAAS – compared to 64 for the women's NCAAs):

• North Carolina – #1 women, #3 men 
• UCLA – #3 women, #6 men
• Notre Dame – #6 women, #10 men
• Wake Forest – #8 women, #12 men
• Maryland – #14 women, #1 men
• Virginia – #5 women, #15 men
• Marquette – #20 women, #9 men
• Georgetown – #22 women, #5 men
• Stanford – #2 women, #27 men
• Duke – #9 women, #33 men
• Michigan –  #15 women, #35 men
• Boston College – #25 women, #37 men
• Kentucky – #35 women, #39 men
• Washington – #47 women, #21 men

As a reminder, the CS360 Composite National Rankings are more than a simple average of polls/rankings/computerized lists (see full description at bottom of page), as in some cases both the team rankings and the voting points within a certain poll are factored into the formula – meaning that teams receiving nearly the same voting points receive similar credit in the CNR formula (even though their actual ranking in that specific poll is different) while in other cases there may be two teams separated by only one ranking spot in a poll but their actual voting points are beyond the standard deviation. Again, these factors are reflected in the CNR formula to give a more accurate depiction of each team relative to the others.

For the current CNR, the eight core elements are averaged (on an initial max. scale of 60) and the final 100-point scale is completed by adding 38 and then including two bonus factors (max. 1.0 each) based on projected strength of schedule and predicted conference finish (which could lead to an automatic bid in the NCAAs). 

The current CNR top-10 includes six teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (UNC, FSU, UVa, ND, Wake & Duke) and two Pac-12 (Stanford & UCLA), along with Penn State from the Big Ten nd BYU out of the WCC. The CNR top-50 now features 10 teams from both the ACC and SEC.

Newcomers to the CNR Top-50(26) South Carolina … (41) Arkansas 
… (48) Texas … (49) Memphis … (50) Stephen F. Austin
Biggest Improvements Within the CNR Top-50 – USC (#37 to #24) … 
Washington State (#44 to #33) … West Virginia (#29 to #19)
Dropped Out of the CNR Top-50 – (42) Harvard … (43) Long Beach State …
(49) San Diego … (50) Cal State Northridge
Biggest Drops Within the CNR Top-50 – San Diego State (#14 to #28) … 
Auburn (#33 to #45) … Illinois (#22 to #31) … Pepperdine (#34 to #42) … 
Marquette (#13 to #20) … Tennessee (#27 to #34) … Missouri (#32 to #29)

Current CNR Top-50 Breakdown by Conference:
ACC (10): 1–North Carolina, 4–Florida State, 5–Virginia, 6–Notre Dame, 8–Wake Forest, 9–Duke, 14–Maryland, 25–Boston College, 29–Virginia Tech & 40–Miami
• 
SEC (10): 11–Florida, 12–Texas A&M, 26–South Carolina, 32–LSU, 34–Tennessee, 35–Kentucky, 39–Missouri,
41–Arkansas, 43–Mississippi & 45–Auburn
Pac-12 (8): 2–Stanford, 3–UCLA, 18–Cal, 24–USC, 33–Washington State, 37–Arizona State, 44–Oregon State & 47–Washington
Big Ten (6): 7–PSU, 15–Michigan, 30–Ohio St, 31–Illinois, 36–Wis. & 46–Minn.
• WCC (4): 10–BYU, 16–Portland, 17–Santa Clara & 42–Pepperdine 
• Big 12 (4): 13–Baylor, 19–West Virginia, 27–Texas Tech & 38–OK St. & 48–Texas
BIG EAST (2): 20–MARQ, 22–Georgetown & 25–Central Florida (UCF) 
1 each: American Athletic (21–UCF), Summit (23–Denver), Mountain West (28–SDSU), Conference USA (49–Memphis), Mid-American (50–Miami OH) & Southland (50–Stephen F. Austin)


CollegeSoccer360 DI Women's Soccer Composite National Rankings #2
(Aug. 29, 2013)

1. North Carolina (99.64) … 1
2. Stanford (97.07) … 2

3. UCLA (96.37) … 3
4. Florida State (95.56) … 4
5. Virginia (95.29) … 6
6. Notre Dame (92.50) … 8
7. Penn State (92.21) … 5
8. Wake Forest (91.26) … 12
9. Duke (90.42) … 7
10. BYU (88.80) … 10
11. Florida (87.48) … 11
12. Texas A&M (84.00) … 9
13. Baylor (79.08) … 17
14. Maryland (78.45) … 16
15. Michigan (77.34) … 18
16. Portland (76.49) … 20
17. Santa Clara (76.15) … 15
18. California (75.04) … 19
19. West Virginia (73.77) … 29
20. Marquette (73.61) … 13
21. UCF (73.01) … 25
22. Georgetown (72.30) … 21
23. Denver (70.97) … 23
24. USC (69.28) … 37
25. Boston College (67.41) … 24
26. South Carolina (62.58) … –
27. Texas Tech (59.61) … 31
28. San Diego State (57.42) … 14
29. Virginia Tech (57.34) … 28
30. Ohio State (53.91) … 26
31. Illinois (53.72) … 22
32. LSU (53.45) … 30
33. Washington State (52.62) … 44
34. Tennessee (50.75) … 27
35. Kentucky (50.19) … 39
36. Wisconsin (50.13) … 41
37. Arizona State (49.70) … 38
38. Okla. State (47.39) … 36
39. Missouri (47.30) … 32
40. Miami (46.98) … 35
41. Arkansas (46.18) … –
42. Pepperdine (46.00) … 34
43. Ole Miss (45.87) … 48
44. Oregon State (45.13) … 45
45. Auburn (45.12) … 33
46. Minnesota (44.37) … 40
47. Washington (43.92) … 46
48. Texas (43.18) … –
49. Memphis (42.97) … –
50. Miami Ohio (42.22) … 47
50. S.F. Austin (42.22) … –

Fell out of CNR top-50:
42. Harvard
43. Long Beach State
49. San Diego
50. Cal State Northridge

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2013 PRESEASON CNR (8/22/13) – CollegeSoccer360's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) have returned for the sixth season in 2013, with defending NCAA champion North Carolina checking in at the top spot, very near the maximum on the 100-point scale (99.59). Stanford, the 2011 champion, holds down the second position in the CNR, followed by Florida State, UCLA and Penn State … with the rest of the top-10 (6th-10th) including: Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and BYU.

Here are links to the nine elements – seven core factors and two small bonuses – that were used for the CNR 2013 preseason formula:

• NSCAA coaches poll  (NSCAA; 41 teams)
• 
Soccer Times coaches poll  (ST; 43 teams)
• 
Soccer America rankings  (SA; top-25)
• 
TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings (TDS; top-25)
• 
Our Game Magazine rankings (OG; 30 teams; scroll down/no current online listing)
• 
Massey Strength Rankings (MAS; projected top-60 teams)
• 
BennettRank computerized listing (BEN; top-31 teams)
plus small bonuses for:
• Projected Strength of Schedule (unofficial, per NC-Soccer.com; top-60 teams)
• Predicted finish in preseason conference polls … 
ACC  |  Pac-12  |  Big Ten
SEC  |  B12  |  Mt. West  |  Big East  |  WCC  |  Summit  |  AAC  |  Big West  |  MAC  

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 2013 preseason CNR, the seven core elements are averaged (on an initial max. scale of 60) and the final 100-point scale is completed by adding 38 and then including two bonus factors (max. 1.0 each) based on projected strength of schedule and predicted conference finish (which could lead to an automatic bid in the NCAAs). 

The 2013 CNR preseason top-10 includes five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (UNC, FSU, UVa, Duke and ND) and two Pac-12 (Stanford & UCLA), along with Penn State from the Big Ten, the SEC's Texas A&M and BYU out of the WCC. The CNR top-50 features the following breakdown
• ACC (10): 1–UNC, 4–FSU, 6–UVa, 7–Duke, 8–ND, 12–Wake Forest, 16–Maryland, 24–Boston College, 30–Virginia Tech & 35–Miami
• Pac-12 (8): 2–Stanford, 3–UCLA, 19–Cal, 37–USC, 38–Arizona State, 
44–Washington State, 45–Oregon State & 46–Washington
• 
SEC (8): 9–A&M, 11–FL, 27–TN, 29–LSU, 32–MO, 33–AUB, 39–KY, 48–Ole Miss
• Big Ten (6): 5–PSU, 18–Michigan, 22–Illinois, 26–Ohio St., 40–Minn., 41–Wis.
• WCC (5): 10–BYU, 15–Santa Clara, 20–Portland, 34–Pepperdine, 49–USC
• Big 12 (4): 17–Baylor, 28–West Virginia, 31–Texas Tech & 36–Oklahoma State
• BIG EAST (3): 13–MARQ, 21–Georgetown & 25–Central Florida (UCF) 
• Big West (2): 43–Long Beach State & 50–Cal State Northridge
• 1 each: Mountain West (14–SDSU), Summit (23–Denver), Ivy League (42–Harvard),
Mid-American (47–Miami OH)

The final CNR of the 2012 season – released in early Nov. (prior to the NCAAs) – featured seven teams that are not in the 2013 CNR preseason top-50: (29) La Salle, (33) Princeton, (34) Stephen F. Austin, (36) Colorado College, (42) Dartmouth, (46) Louisville and (49) Central Michigan. Seven other teams – (30) LSU, (36) Oklahoma State, (37) USC, (40) Minnesota, (42) Harvard, (48) Ole Miss and (49) San Diego – were not in the final 2012 CNR top-50 (prior to the NCAAs) but now find themselves in the CNR top-50 entering 2013.

Several teams have made big jumps in the CNR, when comparing their standing in the final 2012 CNR( prior to NCAAs)  to the 2013 preseason listing: Illinois (#44 to #22), Denver (#37 to #23), Notre Dame (#20 to #8), North Carolina (#11 to #1) and Michigan (#28 to #18). On the flip side, the following teams have slipped down the CNR when looking at their previous standing (prior to 2012 NCAAs): Miami Ohio (#31 to #47), San Diego State (#3 to #14), Oho State (#15 to #25), Tennessee (#17 to #27) and Pepperdine (#24 to #34).

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the Composite National Rankings (CNR) in 2008 and brought this aggregate poll concept back throughout the 2009-12 seasons. Other ingredients – NCAA Tournament projections, RPI and other power rankings, and lateseason performance – will be factored into subsequent updates of the CNR.

In 2012, the final CNR correctly lined up with 32 of the 34 at-large teams for the 2012 NCAA tournament (all but Central Michigan and Rutgers, both of which narrowly missed the CNR's hypothetical cutoff for the NCAAs – at #47, when accounting for 17 other automatic bids that went to lower-rated teams … CMU was #49 and RU #51). The CNR incorrectly forecasted that #42 Dartmouth and #46 Louisville would be in the 2012 NCAA field.

CollegeSoccer360 – DI Women's Soccer Composite National Rankings (Aug. 22, 2013)
Rank. Team (Pts) ... previous (number on right=end of 2012 reg. season)

1. North Carolina (99.59) … 11
2. Stanford (96.78) … 1

3. UCLA (95.62) … 7
4. Florida State (95.53) … 6
5. Penn State (95.41) … 5
6. Virginia (94.00) … 4
7. Duke (93.20) … 14
8. Notre Dame (89.06) … 20
9. Texas A&M (87.53) … 13
10. BYU (87.38) … 2
11. Florida (86.11) … 8
12. Wake Forest (85.96) … 12
13. Marquette (84.94) … 9
14. San Diego State (84.17) … 3
15. Santa Clara (83.94) … 21
16. Maryland (82.47) … 16
17. Baylor (81.71) … 10
18. Michigan (79.36) … 28
19. California (78.25) … 18
20. Portland (78.04) … 25
21. Georgetown (73.39) … 19
22. Illinois (67.57) … 44
23. Denver (66.16) … 37
24. Boston College (66.10) … 26
25. UCF (65.12) … 23
26. Ohio State (64.88) … 15
27. Tennessee (64.89) … 17
28. Virginia Tech (64.64) … 27
29. West Virginia (63.27) … 22
30. LSU (62.00) … –
31. Texas Tech (57.36) … 30
32. Missouri (55.94) … 32
33. Auburn (55.81) … 40
34. Pepperdine (55.84) … 24
35. Miami (53.09) … 38
36. Oklahoma State (48.66) … –
37. USC (48.45) … –
38. Arizona State (47.93) … 43
39. Kentucky (47.92) … 35
40. Minnesota (47.17) … –
41. Wisconsin (46.23) … 47
42. Harvard (45.98) … –
43. Long Beach State (44.17) … 45
44. Washington State (43.25) … 41
45. Oregon State (42.96) … 48
46. Washington (42.83) … 39
47. Miami Ohio (42.62) … 31
48. Mississippi (42.37) … –
49. San Diego (41.49) … –
50. Cal State Northridge (41.41) … 50

Teams in CNR top-50 at end of 2012 regular season but not in 2013 preseason CNR:
29. La Salle 
33. Princeton 
34. Stephen F. Austin  
36. Colorado College  
42. Dartmouth  
46. Louisville 
49. Central Michigan


Our Game Magazine 2013 preseason rankings (not currently posted online)

  1. North Carolina
  2. Penn State
  3. UCLA
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Stanford
  6. Virginia
  7. Duke
  8. Florida State
  9. Texas A&M
  10. Santa Clara
  11. Michigan
  12. BYU
  13. Georgetown
  14. Marquette
  15. Wake Forest
  16. Maryland
  17. West Virginia
  18. California
  19. UCF
  20. Texas Tech
  21. Portland
  22. Tennessee
  23. San Diego State
  24. Denver
  25. Harvard

To Watch:

Ohio State
Florida
Pepperdine
Virginia Tech
LSU
Baylor

 editor@collegesoccer360.com