USAU Ranking Approximation: Bid Picture Emerging, Bad News For Men’s SE

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Ultiworld’s Cody Mills has put together a statistical tool to approximate the USA Ultimate rankings by using publicly available score data and applying the algorithm that USA Ultimate uses to run their numbers. While the results below are unofficial and could include some scores which are liable to be altered or removed from the official rankings, they are a good representation of the what the current rankings would look like.

Throughout the remainder of the college season, we will be running this USAU ranking approximation and, later, applying different algorithms and/or ranking methods to test possible alternatives to the existing algorithm.

For more information about the USA Ultimate algorithm, ranking system, and some of its perceived flaws, see this FAQ from last year.

Men’s Division

The rankings below include only teams with at least five sanctioned games. This is the same cutoff that USAU will use on their initial rankings this week.

RANKINGTEAMREGIONRATING
#1WisconsinNC2084.15
#2MassachusettsNE1999.47
#3StanfordSW1984.74
#4North Carolina-WilmingtonAC1960.69
#5OregonNW1960.48
#6FloridaSE1952.05
#7MinnesotaNC1912.20
#8PittsburghOV1901.62
#9WashingtonNW1885.84
#10VictoriaNW1841.31
#11British ColumbiaNW1834.80
#12HarvardNE1812.31
#13ColoradoSC1794.47
#14MichiganGL1789.70
#15North CarolinaAC1760.12
#16Texas ChristianSC1756.76
#17Carleton CollegeNC1724.07
#18ArkansasSC1695.71
#19MissouriSC1688.29
#20Cal Poly-SLOSW1672.87
#21California-Santa BarbaraSW1667.97
#22Texas A&MSC1656.29
#23Virginia TechAC1650.38
#24CincinnatiOV1642.57
#25PurdueGL1637.50
#26GeorgiaSE1633.10
#27TexasSC1621.45
#28Brigham YoungNW1618.58
#29Carnegie MellonOV1614.95
#30LSUSE1613.50
#31Ohio StateOV1613.27
#32AuburnSE1610.87
#33Oregon StateNW1603.76
#34TulaneSE1580.67
#35Colorado StateSC1578.99
#36Florida StateSE1573.03
#37Western WashingtonNW1556.35
#38Central FloridaSE1550.50
#39Georgia TechSE1547.17
#40ConnecticutME1541.21
#41BrownNE1525.62
#42James MadisonAC1523.66
#43California-San DiegoSW1507.70
#44GeorgetownAC1504.02
#45John BrownSC1502.99
#46North Carolina StateAC1500.59
#47MarylandAC1497.69
#48WhitmanNW1496.36
#49Virginia CommonwealthAC1476.26
#50George WashingtonAC1474.08

Implied Bid Allocation

Atlantic Coast: 2 bids
Great Lakes: 1 bid
Metro East: 1 bid
New England: 2 bids
North Central: 3 bids
Northwest: 4 bids
Ohio Valley: 1 bid
South Central: 4 bids (+1)
Southeast: 1 bid (-1)
Southwest: 1 bid

Discussion

Potentially devastating news for the Southeast as a rough Sunday at Tally Classic from Georgia pulls them into the 20s and leaves the region staring at a strong possibility of earning just a single bid. Despite an excellent weekend from #32 Auburn, earlier losses at Warm Up may never make it possible for the team to climb out of the hole.

The Southwest is also facing another painful one bid reality, despite having the first two teams outside the cutoff (#20 Cal Poly SLO and #21 UC Santa Barbara).

Also take note of the flush South Central, who pick up another bid as Missouri went undefeated at the Midwest Throwdown and entered the rankings just inside the cutoff at #19. Note that perennial powerhouse Texas (#27) is not one of the bid earners.

There remains a good chance for the Southwest to pick up an extra bid (or two!) this year as it seems very plausible that one or more of #16 TCU, #18 Arkansas, or #19 Missouri will fall out of the rankings. Note that Arkansas and TCU each have ten games in the books already; they could just sit tight and not attend further tournaments.

We now await the first official rankings from USA Ultimate. There were some consolation scores unreported last night at the time we ran these rankings, which could also create some small shifts.

Women’s Division

The rankings below include only teams with at least five sanctioned games. This is the same cutoff that USAU will use on their initial rankings next week.

RANKINGTEAMREGIONRATING
#1Central FloridaSE2481.68
#2WhitmanNW2458.53
#3British ColumbiaNW2385.26
#4StanfordSW2337.40
#5OregonNW2313.36
#6WashingtonNW2162.11
#7MinnesotaNC2118.47
#8PittsburghOV2104.43
#9UCLASW2104.31
#10MichiganGL2019.99
#11ColoradoSC2012.44
#12TexasSC2005.20
#13CaliforniaSW1988.25
#14VirginiaAC1961.19
#15Colorado CollegeSC1916.52
#16Ohio StateOV1911.57
#17California-San DiegoSW1907.92
#18WisconsinNC1900.72
#19Notre DameGL1885.17
#20California-DavisSW1873.45
#21Western WashingtonNW1872.96
#22Southern CaliforniaSW1867.21
#23KansasSC1836.67
#24TuftsNE1825.42
#25VermontNE1811.51
#26NortheasternNE1804.87
#27North CarolinaAC1804.47
#28MarylandAC1791.52
#29Penn StateOV1778.89
#30North Carolina-WilmingtonAC1683.27
#31Florida StateSE1681.55
#32ClemsonAC1631.01
#33DelawareAC1610.02
#34Texas StateSC1599.65
#35LibertyAC1599.20
#36Georgia TechSE1594.90
#37DartmouthNE1568.84
#38Iowa StateNC1555.69
#39Carleton CollegeNC1544.95
#40VictoriaNW1543.91
#41Texas A&MSC1533.80
#42FloridaSE1528.65
#43Colorado StateSC1523.55
#44Truman StateSC1458.16
#45NorthwesternGL1435.55
#46James MadisonAC1425.19
#47Case Western ReserveOV1408.73
#48Cal Poly-SLOSW1406.51
#49MITNE1391.49
#50DenverSC1383.75

Implied Bid Allocation

Atlantic Coast: 1 bid
Great Lakes: 1 bid (-1)
Metro East: 1 bid
New England: 1 bid
North Central: 2 bids
Northwest: 4 bids
Ohio Valley: 2 bids
South Central: 3 bids (+1)
Southeast: 1 bids
Southwest: 4 bids

Discussion

Little changed in the bid allocation this week. Texas moved into the bid range thanks to a good weekend at Stanford Invite, bringing the expected third bid to the South Central. That came at the expense of the Great Lakes, as Notre Dame fell to #19, just outside the cutoff.

Central Florida remains the #1 team in the country, though their ranking drops about 300 points now that they have been properly compared to other top teams out west.

That, along with Ohio State’s drop of about 250 points, accounts for the well-connected east coast teams (e.g., Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Virginia, Notre Dame, etc.) dropping almost 200 points each.

Now we await Centex and Northwest Challenge, as a few teams — like the Northwest’s Western Washington — look to play into bid range.

  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld. You can reach him by email (charlie@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

  2. Scott Dunham
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    Scott Dunham (also known as @Hallies_Dad) is a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. He recalls playing a game that resembled ultimate on the Stanford CroMem lawn in the early 80's and took it up again around 2001 after moving to Seattle. These days, he plays pick-up around town and cheers on his daughter's teams (and those of her former teammates)

  3. Cody Mills
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    Cody Mills is an Ultiworld reporter and analyst. He is a former captain and coach of the Stanford men's team and currently coaches Cal Poly SLOCORE and Oakland Guerrilla. Before retiring due to injury in 2014 he played club for Boost FC and in the MLU for the San Francisco Dogfish. He aspires to be the Nate Silver of Ultiworld and is the keeper of frisbee-rankings.com

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