CS360 Composite National Rankings – D-I MEN

Division I Men's Soccer CS360 Composite National Rankings #10 ............ (Oct. 26, 2011)

Rank. Team (Pts) ... prev.

1. Maryland (98.73) ... 3
2. New Mexico (98.03) ... 6
3. Connecticut (97.57) ... 1
4. Creighton (96.96) ... 4
5. South Florida (93.96) ... 8
6. Akron (93.22) ... 5
7. North Carolina (93.09) ... 2
8. UC Irvine (91.88) ... 7
9. Old Dominion (91.80)..13
10. UCLA (86.97) ... 9
11. Indiana (86.95) ... 15
12. St. John's (86.04) ... 10
13. Central Fla. (85.52) ... 14
14. Boston Coll. (85.01) ... 17
15. J. Madison (84.24) ... 22
16. SMU (83.72) ... 20
17. Charlotte (82.33) ... 12
18. Coast Carolina (80.88)..19
19. UCSB (80.70) ... 16
20. Notre Dame (80.61)... 18
21. Louisville (79.71) ... 11
22. Georgetown (77.82)... 31
23. UAB (70.75) ... –
24. Virginia (70.72) ... 21
25. Washington (70.45)... 33
26. Bakersfield (70.29) ... 28
27. Iona (70.07) ... 26
28. Furman (69.17) ... 25
29. Bradley (64.72) ... 24
30. West Virginia (63.01)..36
31. Providence (62.86) ... 39
32. Duke (60.23) ... 23
33. So. Carolina (59.99)... 38
34. Cornell (59.83) ... 32
35. No. Illinois (59.00) ... 35
36. Memphis (56.18) ... –
37. San Diego St (56.06)..34
38. Monmouth (55.98) ... 40 
39. Northwestern (54.27)...–
40. Delaware (50.71) – 

Dropped Out of Top-50
27. Xavier
29. Wisconsin
30. William & Mary
37. Ohio State

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2011 D-I MEN'S SOCCER CNR #9 (10/26/11) – Updated CNR listed in left-sidebar (full release update to be added, time permitting).

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2011 D-I MEN'S SOCCER CNR #9 (10/19/11) – Updated CNR listed in left-sidebar (full release update coming soon); note that the CNR formula ingredients include polls, RPI, rankings, etc., prior to the games played on Oct. 18. 

10/19 – Rank. Team (Pts) ... prev.

1. Connecticut (100) ... 3
2. North Carolina (98.06) ... 1
3. Maryland (97.86) ... 2
4. Creighton (95.81) ... 5
5. Akron (95.80) ... 3
6. New Mexico (95.47) ... 10
7. UC Irvine (92.79) ... 11
8. South Florida (91.23) ... 16
9. UCLA (91.07) ... 7
10. St. John's (87.69) ... 21
11. Louisville (87.45) ... 6
12. Charlotte (87.05) ... 17
13. Old Dominion (86.38)..20
14. Central Florida (85.76) ... 8
15. Indiana (84.91) ... 12
16. UC Santa Barbara (84.88) ... 13
17. Boston College (83.90) ... 14
18. Notre Dame (81.31) ... 9
19. Coastal Carolina (78.92)..26
20. SMU (76.97) ... 28
21. Virginia (76.32) ... 19
22. James Madison (74.28) ... 27
23. Duke (73.94) ... 18
24. Bradley (72.82) ... 37
25. Furman (72.51) ... 32
26. Iona (71.49) ... 23
27. Xavier (68.39) ... 33
28. Cal State Bakersfield (67.75) ... 24
29. Wisconsin (65.98) ... –
30. William & Mary (65.85)... 29
31. Georgetown (65.81)... 20
32. Cornell (65.31) ... –
33. Washington (64.81) ... –
34. San Diego State (61.87)...25
35. Northern Illinois (61.18) ... 34
36. West Virginia (60.74)...22
37. Ohio State (60.53) ... 31 
38. South Carolina (59.06) ... 39
39. Providence (58.56) ... 36
40. Monmouth (58.12) ... 35 

Dropped Out of Top-50
30. Penn State
38. Santa Clara
39. Fairleigh Dickinson

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2011 D-I MEN'S SOCCER CNR #8 (10/12/11) – CollegeSoccer360.com's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) for Division I men's soccer has added a sixth element to the formula – official NCAA RPI – resulting in some interesting consequences. Connecticut (the previous week's #1) was a unanimous #1 this week in the other five formula elements (including the max. voting points in the NSCAA and Soccer Times coaches polls), but UConn's #20 standing in the RPI dropped the Huskies into third place in the CNR (behind UNC, up from #1, and Maryland, which stayed at #2).

Elsewhere in the CNR top-10, current #4 Akron and #8 UCF each dropped back a spot, while New Mexico slipped from #6 to #10. Three teams have entered/re-entered the top-10 – #6 Louisville (up from #11), #7 UCLA (which jumped from #13) and #9 Notre Dame (#12 the previous week). The teams that dropped outside the top-10 include UC Irvine (#8 to #11), Indiana (#9 to #12) and St. John's (#10 to #21).

The CNR formula for men's soccer 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)
• CollegeSoccerNews.com rankings (CSN)
• Official NCAA RPI

The CNR top-10 now features three teams from the BIG EAST and two ACC, plus one each from the MAC, Missouri Valley, Pac-12, C-USA and Mt. Pacific Sports Federation.

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the CNR for Division I women's soccer 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.

There are three newcomers/returners to the CNR men's top-40: #35 Monmouth, along with co-#39s Fairleigh Dickinson and South Carolina. The three teams that dropped outside the top-40: former #35 Kentucky, #38 CS Fullerton and #40 Wisconsin.

Teams that made the biggest rise within the CNR top-40 include: West Virginia (#39 to #22), Duke (#34 to #18), Virginia (#31 to #19). In addition to St. John's, other teams  that had the biggest slides while still remaining within the top-40: Providence (#22 to #36), Bradley (#28 to #37), Santa Clara (#29 to #38) and Xavier (#25 to #33).

There currently are 16 schools that feature their women's soccer team in the 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 – #6 women, #1 men 
• UCLA – #4 women, #7 men
• Maryland – #14 women, #2 men
• Boston College – #7 women, #14 men
• Duke – #2 women, #18 men
• Virginia – #9 women, #19 men
• West Virginia – #20 women, #22 men
• Central Florida – #26 women, #8 men
• Notre Dame – #27 women, #9 men
• William & Mary – #25 women, #29 men
• Penn State – #16 women, #30 men
• UC Irvine – #31 women, #11 men
• Georgetown – #36 women, #20 men
• Santa Clara – #17 women, #38 men 
• Ohio State – #38 women, #31 men
• South Carolina – #39 women, #39 men

The current men's soccer CNR top-40 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Eight from the BIG EAST  (UConn, LOU, ND, SF, GU, SJU, WV, PC) 
• Five from the ACC  (UNC, MD, BC, Duke, VA)
• Three from the Big Ten  (IU, PSU, OSU)  
• Three from C-USA  (UCF, SMU, SC)  
• Two from the Big West  (UCI, UCSB)
• Three from the Colonial  (ODU, JMU, W&M)
• Two from the Pac-12  (UCLA, SDSU)
• Two from the MVC  (Creighton, BRAD)
• Two from the MAC  (Akron, NIU)
• Two from the A-10  (CHAR, XAV)
• Two from the Mt. Pacific Sports Fed.  (NM, CSUB)
• Two from the NEC  (Monmouth, FDU)
• One from the WCC  (SCU)
• One from the SoCon  (FUR)
• One from the Big South (Coastal)
• One from the MAAC  (Iona)

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.

1. North Carolina (98.37) ... 4
2. Maryland (97.69) ... 2
3. Connecticut (96.83)... 1
4. Akron (95.95) ... 3
5. Creighton (94.39) ... 5
6. Louisville (92.23) ... 11
7. UCLA (90.86) ... 13
8. Central Fla. (89.16) ... 7
9. Notre Dame (87.59)... 12
10. New Mexico (86.15)... 6
11. UC Irvine (84.44) ... 8
12. Indiana (83.88) ... 9
13. UCSB (83.51) ... 17
14. Boston Coll. (83.46) ... 14
15. Old Dominion (80.50)..20
16. So. Florida (79.52) ... 16
17. Charlotte (76.49) ... 18
18. Duke (76.01) ... 34
19. Virginia (75.95) ... 31
20. Georgetown (74.62)... 15
21. St. John's (74.49) ... 10
22. West Virginia (73.87)..39
23. Iona (72.75) ... 24
24. Bakersfield (71.27) ... 27 
25. San Diego St. (69.44)..21
26. Coast Carolina (68.90)..23
27. J. Madison (68.68) ... 30
28. SMU (65.97) ... 33
29. Will. & Mary (63.11)...29
30. Penn State (61.77) ... 26
31. Ohio State (61.19) ... 36
32. Furman (60.01) ... 37
33. Xavier (58.01) ... 25
34. No. Illinois (56.10) ... 32
35. Monmouth (54.47) ... –
36. Providence (54.39) ... 22
37. Bradley (54.17) ... 28
38. Santa Clara (52.38) ... 29
39. F. Dickinson (52.23) ... –
39. So. Carolina (52.23) ... –

Dropped Out of Top-40: 
35. Kentucky 
38. Cal State Fullerton
40. Wisconsin

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 men's soccer CNR currently consists of an average of five 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 D-I MEN'S SOCCER CNR #7 (10/5/11) – There was plenty of movement throughout CollegeSoccer360.com's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) for Division I men's soccer, with three teams moving into the top-10 while their were six newcomers/returners to the overall top-40.

Four teams within the top-10 (near-unanimous #1 UConn, #2 Maryland, #4 UNC and #8 UC Irvine) did maintain their spots, while current #3 Akron and #5 Akron swapped spots. The newcomers to the top-10 include #6 New Mexico (up from #11), #7 Central Florida (formerly #12) and #10 St. John's (which basically exchanged positions with current #16 Notre Dame, after edging the Irish in the final seconds of OT). The other teams that have slipped out of the top-10: Louisville (#9 to #11) and UC Santa Barbara, which plummeted 10 spots to #17. Indiana suffered its first loss of the season (to top-40 newcomer and current #40 Wisconsin) and has slipped from #6 to #9 in the most-recent CNR update.

The CNR formula for men's soccer 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)
• CollegeSoccerNews.com rankings (CSN)

The CNR top-10 now features two teams each from the BIG EAST and ACC, plus one each from the Big West, Missouri Valley, MAC, Big Ten, Pacific Sports Fed. and Conference USA.

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the CNR for Division I women's soccer 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.

There are six newcomers/returners to the CNR men's top-40: #21 San Diego State, #27 CS Bakersfield, #29 William & Mary, #30 James Madison, #34 Duke and #40 Wisconsin. The six teams that dropped outside the top-40: former #27 Brown, #28 East Tennessee, #35 Monmouth, #37 Cal, #38 Penn and #40 George Mason.

Teams that made the biggest rise within the CNR top-40 following the volatile week include: Providence (#39 to #22), Iona (#36 to #24), Santa Clara (#29 to #19), Georgetown (#23 to #15) and Coastal Carolina (#30 to #23). Conversely, the following teams (in addition to UCSB) had the biggest slides while still remaining within the top-40: West Virginia (#20 to #39), SMU (#19 to #33), Furman (#25 to #37), Northern Illinois (#21 to #32) and Kentucky (#24 to #35).

There currently are 17 schools that feature their women's soccer team in the 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 – #7 women, #4 men 
• UCLA – #2 women, #13 men
• Boston College – #6 women, #14 men
• Maryland – #15 women, #2 men
• Santa Clara – #16 women, #19 men 
• Notre Dame – #25 women, #16 men
• Penn State – #17 women, #26 men
• West Virginia – #27 women, #39 men
• UC Irvine – #28 women, #8 men
• Central Florida – #30 women, #7 men
• Virginia – #9 women, #31 men
• Georgetown – #33 women, #15 men
• William & Mary – #34 women, #29 men
• Duke – #33 women, #34 men
• Kentucky – #35 women, #35 men
• Ohio State – #23 women, #36 men
• Wisconsin – #36 women, #40 men

The current men's soccer CNR top-40 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Eight from the BIG EAST  (UConn, SJU, LOU, ND, SF, GU, PC, WV) 
• Five from the ACC  (MD, UNC, BC, VA, Duke)
• Four from the Big Ten  (IU, PSU, OSU, WIS)  
• Three from C-USA  (UCF, SMU, KY)  
• Three from the Big West  (UCI, UCSB, FULL)
• Three from the Colonial  (ODU, W&M, JMU)
• Two from the Pac-12  (UCLA, SDSU)
• Two from the MVC  (Creighton, BRAD)
• Two from the MAC  (Akron, NIU)
• Two from the A-10  (CHAR, XAV)
• Two from the Mt. Pacific Sports Fed.  (NM, CSUB)
• One from the WCC  (SCU)
• One from the SoCon  (FUR)
• One from the Big South (Coastal)
• One from the MAAC  (Iona)

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.

(10/5/11) - Men's CNR Update #6 ... Rank. Team (Pts) ... Previous

1. Connecticut (99.982)... 1
2. Maryland (98.92) ... 2
3. Akron (97.41) ... 5
4. North Carolina (96.92) ... 4
5. Creighton (95.70) ... 3
6. New Mexico (94.31)... 11
7. Central Fla. (92.81) ... 12
8. UC Irvine (91.77) ... 8
9. Indiana (90.95) ... 6
10. St. John's (89.39) ... 16
11. Louisville (88.99) ... 9
12. Notre Dame (87.49)... 10
13. UCLA (86.13) ... 18
14. Boston Coll. (84.31) ... 13
15. Georgetown (84.13)... 23
16. So. Florida (84.10) ... 14
17. UCSB (82.97) ... 7
18. Charlotte (82.58) ... 15
19. Santa Clara (78.62) ... 29
20. Old Dominion (77.99)..17
21. San Diego St. (77.13)...–
22. Providence (72.46) ... 39
23. Coast Carolina (69.97)..30
24. Iona (67.20) ... 36
25. Xavier (66.38) ... 31
26. Penn State (65.30) ... 22
27. Bakersfield (64.91) ... – 
28. Bradley (63.93) ... 25
29. William & Mary (63.47)..–
30. James Madison (62.43)..–
31. Virginia (62.20) ... 34
32. No. Illinois (60.51) ... 21
33. SMU (58.88) ... 19
34. Duke (58.56) ... –
35. Kentucky (58.08) ... 24
36. Ohio State (57.61) ... 33
37. Furman (56.72) ... 25
38. CS Fullerton (56.25)... 32
39. West Virginia (55.83)..20
40. Wisconsin (53.30) ... –

Dropped Out of Top-40: 
27. Brown 
28. East Tennessee  State
35. Monmouth 
37. California  
38. Pennsylvania  
40. George Mason

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 men's soccer CNR currently consists of an average of five 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 D-I MEN'S SOCCER CNR #5 (9/22/11) – The same teams comprise the top-10 of CollegeSoccer360.com's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) for Division I men's soccer – including three teams (#1 Maryland, #2 UConn and #5 Louisville) maintaining their exact spots from a week ago.

Current #3 Creighton and #7 Indiana each have moved up one spot, while #4 UNC and #8 UCF find them two spots higher than a week ago. Three teams slipped back but have stayed among the top-10: Akron (#3 to #6), UCSB (#7 to #9) and UC Irvine (#9 to #10).

The CNR formula for men's soccer 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)
• CollegeSoccerNews.com rankings (CSN)

The CNR top-10 continues to feature three teams each from the ACC and BIG EAST, plus one each from the MAC, Missouri Valley, Big West and Big Ten.

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the CNR for Division I women's soccer 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.

There are three newcomers to the CNR men's top-40: #22 UAB, #25 Furman (which was in the top-40 a couple weeks ago) and #37 Memphis. The three teams that dipped outside the top-40: former #29 Monmouth, #30 VCU and #35 William & Mary.

Teams that made the biggest jump within the CNR top-40 include: Santa Clara (#38 to #21), St. John's (#24 to #15), East Tennessee State (#36 to #29) and Xavier (#40 to #33). On the flip side, several teams slipped significantly while remaining among the top-40): Virginia (#11 to #28), Ohio State (#17 to #30), California (#22 to #34), Providence (#31 to #40) and Bradley (#20 to #27).

There currently are 14 schools that feature their women's soccer team in the 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 – #4 women, #4 men 
• Maryland – #10 women, #1 men
• Boston College – #8 women, #11 men
• UCLA – #2 women, #17 men
• Notre Dame – #18 women, #14 men
• Penn State – #20 women, #20 men
• Santa Clara – #24 women, #21 men 
• Central Florida – #25 women, #8 men
• UC Irvine – #26 women, #10 men
• Virginia – #11 women, #28 men
• Georgetown – #30 women, #26 men
• Ohio State – #29 women, #30 men
• West Virginia – #31 women, #16 men
• Memphis – #13 women, #37 men

The current men's soccer CNR top-40 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Eight from the BIG EAST  (UConn, LOU, ND, SJU, WV, USF, GU, PC) 
• Five from C-USA  (UCF, UAB, KY, MEM, SMU)  
• Four from the ACC  (MD, UNC, BC, VA)
• Three from the Big Ten  (IU, PSU, OSU)  
• Three from the Big West  (UCSB, UCI, FULL)
• Two from the Pac-12  (UCLA, Cal)
• Two from the MVC  (Creighton, Bradley)
• Two from the Mt. Pacific Sports Fed.  (NM, CSUB)
• Two from the MAC  (Akron, NIU)
• Two from the A-10  (CHAR, XAV)
• One from the CAA  (ODU)
• One from Ivy League  (Brown)    
• One from the WCC  (SCU)
• One from the Atlantic Sun  (ETSU)
• One from the SoCon  (FUR)
• Big South (CC)
• MAAC  (Iona)

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.

(9/22/11) - Men's CNR Update #5 ... Rank. Team (Pts) ... Previous

1. Maryland (99.74) ... 1
2. Connecticut (99.11) ... 2
3. Creighton (95.97) ... 4
4. North Carolina (95.20) ... 6
5. Louisville (95.47) ... 5
6. Akron (96.79) ... 3
7. Indiana (92.61) ... 8
8. Central Fla. (89.57) ... 10
9. UCSB (93.51) ... 7
10. UC Irvine (91.19) ... 9
11. Boston Coll. (87.58) ... 12
12. New Mexico (81.37)... 16
13. Old Dominion (82.68)..14
14. Notre Dame (81.52)... 15
15. St. John's (74.39) ... 24
16. West Virginia (78.12)..19
17. UCLA (74.48) ... 23
18. So. Florida (83.39) ... 13
19. Charlotte (78.32) ... 18
20. Penn State (74.07) ... 25
21. Santa Clara (53.60) ... 38
22. UAB (69.40) ... –
23. Kentucky (61.51) ... 28
24. No. Illinois (72.05) ... 26
25. Furman (67.45) ... –
26. Georgetown (77.42)... 21
27. Bradley (77.83) ... 20
28. Virginia (88.15) ... 11
29. E. Tennessee (53.69)...36
30. Ohio State (79.14) ... 17
31. Brown (71.50) ... 27
32. Coast Carolina (53.67)..37
33. Xavier (52.35) ... 40
34. California (76.30) ... 22
35. Iona (52.38) ... 39
36. CS Fullerton (57.70) ... 32
37. Memphis (54.55) ... – 
38. SMU (54.47) ... 34
39. CS Bakersfield (56.87)..33
40. Providence (59.05) ... 31

Dropped Out of Top-40: 
#29 Monmouth 
#30 Virginia Commonwealth 
#35 William & Mary 


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 men's soccer CNR currently consists of an average of five 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 men's soccer is included below (full release to-be-added), effective for games played through Sept. 11 ... 

CNR Update 9/15/11 – Rank. Team (Pts) ... prev.

1. Maryland (99.74) ... 3
2. Connecticut (99.11) ... 2
3. Akron (96.79) ... 5
4. Creighton (95.97) ... 6
5. Louisville (95.47) ... 4
6. North Carolina (95.20) ... 1
7. UCSB (93.51) ... 7
8. Indiana (92.61) ... 9
9. UC Irvine (91.19) ... 13
10. Central Fla. (89.57) ... 12
11. Virginia (88.15) ... 15
12. Boston Coll. (87.58) ... 8
13. So. Florida (83.39) ... 10
14. Old Dominion (82.68)..22
15. Notre Dame (81.52)... 14
16. New Mexico (81.37)... 29
17. Ohio State (79.14) ... 18
18. Charlotte (78.32) ... 35
19. West Virginia (78.12)..11
20. Bradley (77.83) ... 33
21. Georgetown (77.42)... 37
22. California (76.30) ... 17
23. UCLA (74.48) ... 24
24. St. John's (74.39) ... 21
25. Penn State (74.07) ... 25
26. No. Illinois (72.05) ... 23
27. Brown (71.50) ... 28
28. Kentucky (61.51) ... 27
29. Monmouth (60.60) ... 16
30. VCU (59.53) ... 19
31. Providence (59.05) ... –
32. CS Fullerton (57.70) ... –
33. CS Bakersfield (56.87)..36
34. SMU (54.47) ... 30
35. W. & Mary (54.25) ... 20
36. E. Tennessee (53.69)...26
37. Coastal Carolina (53.67) ... –
38. Santa Clara (53.60) ... –
39. Iona (52.38) ... –
40. Xavier (52.35) ... 40

Dropped Out of Top-40: 
#31 UNC Greensboro
#32 UMBC
#34 Penn
#38 North Carolina State
#39 Furman

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2011 D-I MEN'S SOCCER CNR #3 (9/8/11) – An assortment of upsets littered the first full week of the Division I men's soccer season (Aug. 29-Sept. 4), with resulting significant movement within CollegeSoccer360.com's exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR). Most notably, three teams – UCLA (#7 to #24), California (#9 to #17) and Notre Dame (#10 to #14) sank outside of the top-10 of the CNR, being replaced in that status by current #8 Boston College (up from #15), #9 Indiana (formerly #14) and new #10 South Florida (previously #18).

North Carolina's head-to-head win over Louisville bumped UNC up from #2 to the top spot, while the Cardinals slipped back from #1 to #4. #6 Creighton was the only top-10 team that maintained its spot, while Connecticut (#5 to #2), Maryland (#4 to #3) and UC Santa Barbara (#8 to #7) all improved their positions within the top-10 (Akron moved back one spot, from #4 to #5).

The CNR formula for men's soccer 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)
• CollegeSoccerNews.com rankings (CSN)

The current men's CNR top-10 includes three teams each from the ACC and BIG EAST, plus one each from the MAC, Missouri Valley, Big West and Big Ten.

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the CNR for Division I women's soccer 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.

For the second straight week, seven teams have moved into the CNR top-40: #19 VCU, #21 St. John's, #23 Northern Illinois, #26 East Tennessee State, #34 Penn, #36 Cal State Bakersfield, #38 North Carolina State, #39 Furman and #40 Xavier. The seven teams that slipped outside the top-40: #22 Duke, #27 Wake Forest, #28 Santa Clara, #29 Dartmouth, #30 Princeton, #31 South Carolina, #35 Sacramento State, #39 Florida Gulf Coast and #40 College of Charleston.

Teams that made the biggest jump within the CNR top-40, in addition to South Florida, include: UC Irvine (#25 to #13), New Mexico (#38 to #29) and Monmouth (#24 to #16) – while teams dropping the most but staying within the top-40 include SMU (#13 to #30), Brown (#12 to #28) and UNC Greensboro (#21 to #31), in addition to the aforementioned UCLA and Cal.

There currently are 15 schools that feature their women's soccer team in the 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, #1 men 
• Maryland – #3 women, #3 men
• Boston College – #12 women, #8 men
• UC Irvine – #11 women, #13 men
• Notre Dame – #8 women, #14 men
• Virginia – #7 women, #15 men
• UCLA – #4 women, #24 men
• Ohio State – #24 women, #18 men
• Penn State – #20 women, #25 men
• William & Mary – #26 women, #20 men 
• Central Florida – #34 women, #12 men
• Georgetown – #27 women, #37 men
• West Virginia – #41 women, #11 men
• North Carolina State – #46 women, #38 men
• New Mexico – #47 women, #29 men

The current men's soccer CNR top-40 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Seven from the BIG EAST (UConn, LOU, ND, USF, WV, SJU, GU) 
• Five from the ACC (UNC, MD, BC, VA, NC-St)
• Three from C-USA (UCF, SMU, KY)  
• Three from the Big Ten (IU, OSU, PSU)  
• Three from the CAA (VCU, W&M, ODU)
• Two from Ivy League (Brown, Penn)    
• Two from the Pac-12 (Cal, UCLA)
• Two from the Big West (UCSB, UCI)
• Two from the MVC (Creighton, Bradley)
• Two from the Mt. Pacific Sports Fed. (NM, CSUB)
• Two from the MAC (Akron, NIU)
• Two from the A-10 (CHAR, XAV)
• One from the SoCon (Greensboro)
• One from the Northeast (Monmouth)
• One from the America East (UMBC)
• One from the Atlantic Sun (ETSU)
• One from the SoCon (FUR)

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.

(9/8/11) - Men's CNR Update #2 ... Rank. Team (Pts) ... Previous

1. North Carolina (98.30) ... 2

2. Connecticut (93.93) ... 5

3. Maryland (95.16) ... 4

4. Louisville (99.36) ... 1

5. Akron (97.89) ... 3

6. Creighton (91.36) ... 6

7. UCSB (90.21) ... 8

8. Boston College (81.10) ... 15

9. Indiana (85.58) ... 14

10. South Florida (62.51) ... 18

11. West Virginia (76.51) ... 16

12. Central Florida (74.48) ... 19

13. UC Irvine (61.62) ... 25

14. Notre Dame (90.01) ... 10

15. Virginia (85.48) ... 20

16. Monmouth (66.55) ... 24

17. California (88.95) ... 9

18. Ohio State (87.55) ... 17

19. VCU (74.57) ... –

20. William & Mary (65.49) ... 11

21. St. John's (73.98) ... –

22. Old Dominion (60.03) ... 26

23. Northern Illinois (71.70) ... –

24. UCLA (96.83) ... 7

25. Penn State (70.08) ... 23

26. East Tennessee State (70.48) ... –

27. Kentucky (59.58) ... 34

28. Brown (87.40) ... 12

29. New Mexico (55.46) ... 38

30. SMU (94.95) ... 13

31. UNC Greensboro (76.92) ... 21

32. UMBC (57.25) ... 37

33. Bradley (61.51) ... 32

34. Penn (62.45) ... –

35. Charlotte (58.90) ... 36

36. Cal State Bakersfield (57.86) ...–

37. Georgetown (55.81) ... 33

38. North Carolina State (55.20) ... –

39. Furman (53.14) ... –

40. Xavier (52.77) ... –

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 men's soccer CNR currently consists of an average of five 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 D-I MEN'S SOCCER CNR #2 (8/31/11) – CollegeSoccer360 has updated its Composite National Rankings (CNR) for Division I men's soccer. The CNR formula for men's soccer 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)
• CollegeSoccerNews.com rankings (CSN)

Following the first weekend of action, the #3 teams in the men's CNR remain unchanged (Louisville, North Carolina and Akron), while current #4 Maryland has moved up a spot and two others – #5 Connecticut and #6 Creighton – each have bumped up two positions. The rest of the top-10 currently includes #7 UCLA (down from #4), #8 UC Santa Barbara (#9 in the preseason CNR), #9 California (up from #11) and #10 Notre Dame, which maintained its standing from the previous week. SMU is the lone team that slipped out of the top-10m dropping from #6 to #13 after a loss to William & Mary.

The current men's CNR top-10 includes three teams from the BIG EAST, two each from the Pac-12 and ACC, plus one each from the MAC, Missouri Valley and Big West.

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the CNR for Division I women's soccer 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.

Seven teams have moved into the CNR top-40: #21 UNC Greensboro, #32 Bradley, #34 Kentucky, #35 Sacramento State, #37 UMBC, #38 New Mexico and #40 College of Charleston. The seven teams that slipped outside the top-40: #20 Michigan, #23 Michigan State, #33 Loyola Marymount, #35 Tulsa, #36 Providence, #38 Butler and #39 Denver.

Teams that made the biggest jump within the CNR top-40 include: William & Mary (#27 to #11), Santa Clara (#40 to #28) and South Florida (#29 to #18) – while teams dropping the most but staying within the top-40 include South Carolina (#19 to #31), Florida Gulf Coast (#28 to #39) and Wake Forest (#18 to #27). 

There currently are 15 schools that feature their women's soccer team in the 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, #2 men 
• Maryland – #4 women, #4 men
• UCLA – #3 women, #7 men
• Notre Dame – #10 women, #10 men
• Boston College – #11 women, #15 men
• Virginia – #5 women, #20 men
• Duke – #6 women, #22 men
• Ohio State – #24 women, #17 men
• UC Irvine – #15 women, #25 men
• Wake Forest – #14 women, #27 men
• West Virginia – #27 women, #16 men
• Santa Clara – #16 women, #28 men
• Penn State – #28 women, #23 men
• South Carolina – #32 women, #31 men
• Georgetown – #17 women, #33 men

The current men's soccer CNR top-40 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Six from the BIG EAST (LOU, UConn, ND, WV, USF, GU) 
• Six from the ACC (UNC, MD, BC, VA, Duke, WFU)
• Four from C-USA (SMU, UCF, SC, KY)  
• Three from the Big Ten (IU, OSU, PSU)  
• Three from Ivy League (Brown, DART, PRIN)    
• Two from the Pac-12 (UCLA, Cal)
• Two from the Big West (UCSB, UCI)
• Two from the CAA (W&M, ODU)
• Two from the MVC (Creighton, Bradley)
• Two from the Mt. Pacific Sports Fed. (Sac. St., NM)
• Two from the SoCon (Greensboro, Charleston)
• One from the WCC (SCU) 
• One from the MAC (Akron
• One from the A-10 (CHAR)
• One from the A-Sun (FGCU)
• One from the Northeast (Monmouth)
• One from the America East (UMBC)

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.

(8/31/11) - CNR Update #1 ... Rank. Team (Pts) ... Previous

1. Louisville (99.36) ... 1

2. North Carolina (98.30) ... 2

3. Akron (97.89) ... 3

4. Maryland (95.16) ... 5

5. Connecticut (93.93) ... 7

6. Creighton (91.36) ... 8

7. UCLA (96.83) ... 4

8. UC Santa Barbara (90.21) ... 9

9. California (88.95) ... 11

10. Notre Dame (90.01) ... 10

11. William & Mary (65.49) ... 27

12. Brown (87.40) ... 13

13. SMU (94.95) ... 6

14. Indiana (85.58) ... 14

15. Boston College (81.10) ... 17

16. West Virginia (76.51) ... 21

17. Ohio State (87.55) ... 12

18. South Florida (62.51) ... 29

19. Central Florida (74.48) ... 22

20. Virginia (85.48) ... 15

21. UNC Greensboro (76.92) ... –

22. Duke (83.69) ... 16

23. Penn State (70.08) ... 24

24. Monmouth (66.55) ... 26

25. UC Irvine (61.62) ... 30

26. Old Dominion (60.03) ... 25

27. Wake Forest (78.25) ... 18

28. Santa Clara (50.47) ... 40

29. Dartmouth (60.57) ... 31

30. Princeton (59.59) ... 32

31. South Carolina (77.26) ... 19

32. Bradley (61.51) ... –

33. Georgetown (55.81) ... 37

34. Kentucky (59.58) ... –

35. Sacramento State (57.64) ... –

36. Charlotte (58.90) ... 34

37. UMBC (57.25) ... –

38. New Mexico (55.46) ... –

39. Florida Gulf Coast (65.17) ... 28

40. College of Charleston (55.32) ... –

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 men's soccer CNR currently consists of an average of five 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 D-I MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON CNR (8/25/11) – CollegeSoccer360 introduces Composite National Rankings (CNR) for Division I men's soccer. The CNR formula for men's soccer 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)
• CollegeSoccerNews.com rankings (CSN)

The top-10 teams in this inaugural men's soccer CNR are as follows: Louisville, North Carolina, Akron, UCLA, Maryland, SMU, Connecticut, Creighton, UC Santa Barbara and Notre Dame (three from the BIG EAST, two ACC, and one each from the MAC, Pac-12, C-USA, Missouri Valley and Big West).

CollegeSoccer360 introduced the CNR for Division I women's soccer 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.

There currently are 17 schools that feature their women's soccer team in the 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):
• Notre Dame – #1 women, #10 men
• Maryland – #5 women, #5 men
• UCLA – #7 women, #4 men
• North Carolina – #3 women, #2 men
• Virginia – #6 women, #15 men
• Ohio State – #10 women, #12 men
• Boston College – #11 women, #17 men
• Duke – #15 women, #16 men
• Wake Forest – #14 women, #18 men
• West Virginia – #19 women, #21 men
• UC Irvine – #16 women, #30 men
• South Carolina – #28 women, #19 men
• Santa Clara – #18 women, #40 men
• Loyola Marymount – #20 women, #33 men
• Georgetown – #17 women, #37 men
• Penn State – #34 women, #24 men
• Denver – #27 women, #39 men 

The current men's soccer CNR top-40 includes the following breakdown of teams, sorted by conference:

• Seven from the BIG EAST (LOU, UConn, ND, WV, USF, PC, GU) 
• Six from the ACC (UNC, MD, BC, VA, Duke, WFU)
• Five from the Big Ten (OSU, IU, MICH, MSU, PSU)  
• Four from C-USA (SMU, UCF, SC, Tulsa)
• Three from Ivy League (Brown, DART, PRIN)    
• Two from the Pac-12 (UCLA, Cal)
• Two from the WCC (LMU, SCU) 
• Two from the Big West (UCSB, UCI)
• Two from the CAA (ODU, W&M)
• One from the MAC (Akron
• One from the MVC (Creighton)
• One from the A-10 (CHAR
• One from the Sunbelt (DEN)
• One from the A-Sun (FGCU)
• One from the Northeast (Monmouth)
• One from the Horizon (Butler

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.


Preseason Men's CNR ... Rank. Team (Pts)

1. Louisville (99.36)

2. North Carolina (98.30)

3. Akron (97.89)

4. UCLA (96.83)

5. Maryland (95.16)

6. SMU (94.95)

7. Connecticut (93.93)

8. Creighton (91.36)

9. UC Santa Barbara (90.21)

10. Notre Dame (90.01)

11. California (88.95)

12. Ohio State (87.55)

13. Brown (87.40)

14. Indiana (85.58)

15. Virginia (85.48)

16. Duke (83.69)

17. Boston College (81.10)

18. Wake Forest (78.25)

19. South Carolina (77.26)

20. Michigan (76.81)

21. West Virginia (76.51)

22. Central Florida (74.48)

23. Michigan State (72.07)

24. Penn State (70.08)

25. Old Dominion (60.03)

26. Monmouth (66.55)

27. William & Mary (65.49)

28. Florida Gulf Coast (65.17)

29. South Florida (62.51)

30. UC Irvine (61.62)

31. Dartmouth (60.57)

32. Princeton (59.59)

33. Loyola Marrymount (58.94)

34. Charlotte (58.90)

35. Tulsa (56.25)

36. Providence (56.23)

37. Georgetown (55.81)

38. Butler (54.28)

39. Denver (52.40)

40. Santa Clara (50.47)

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 men's soccer CNR currently consists of an average of five 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