We Approximated The USAU College Rankings: See The Early Bid Picture

An early glance at the rankings!

Stanford's Courtney Gegg at the 2016 National Championships.
Stanford’s Courtney Gegg at the 2016 National Championships. Photo: William ‘Brody’ Brotman — UltiPhotos.com

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 2015.

Of course, at this point in the season, rankings should be taken with a large grain of salt; connectivity is limited and some odd results will diminish given more competition.

Men’s Division

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

RankTeamRatingRecordRegion
1Pittsburgh2150.248-1OV
2North Carolina2133.7114-0AC
3Minnesota2091.447-2NC
4Colorado2069.926-0SC
5Massachusetts2032.476-1NE
6Georgia1969.946-1SE
7Carleton College1948.586-3NC
8North Carolina-Wilmington1928.475-2AC
9Stanford1900.877-0SW
10Washington1896.7610-3NW
11Cal Poly-SLO1888.0512-3SW
12Northeastern1859.3914-1NE
13Colorado State1853.096-2SC
14Wisconsin1819.715-4NC
15Oregon1811.9812-1NW
16Michigan1797.395-2GL
17Northwestern1760.548-2GL
18Central Florida1756.529-6SE
19Brigham Young1743.559-5NW
20North Carolina State1736.3818-4AC
21Virginia1723.5214-1AC
22Florida State1703.293-5SE
23Illinois1689.034-2GL
24Georgia-B1682.846-0SE
25Texas A&M1681.145-5SC
26Carnegie Mellon1662.526-0OV
27Texas1660.605-3SC
28George Washington1653.234-3AC
29Florida1649.469-6SE
30Cincinnati1643.555-2OV
31Western Washington1634.017-6NW
32British Columbia1629.354-3NW
33Williams*1614.4810-5NE
34Harvard1610.864-3NE
35James Madison1609.558-3AC
36LSU1608.6619-2SE
37Texas Tech1608.3815-0SC
38Virginia Tech1607.354-3AC
39Richmond*1591.483-4AC
40Oregon State1578.8117-5NW
41Auburn1574.0610-6SE
42Utah1572.284-3NW
43Princeton1564.946-1ME
44Purdue1560.566-1GL
45Case Western Reserve1559.2710-5OV
46California-San Diego1510.425-6SW
47Ohio1509.783-0OV
48Southern California1498.509-5SW
49Penn State1496.3511-4OV
50Ohio State1492.709-6OV

*D-III school and will not be counted in D-I bid allocation

Implied Bid Allocation

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

Women’s Division

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

RankTeamRatingRecordRegion
1Stanford2279.8211-1SW
2UCLA2142.7811-1SW
3Dartmouth2100.337-0NE
4Texas2089.435-2SC
5Williams*2035.597-0NE
6Kansas2020.7613-1SC
7Tufts2000.756-1NE
8Colorado1977.693-3SC
9California1935.538-5SW
10Western Washington1904.914-2NW
11Cornell1899.966-0ME
12Virginia1894.6917-2AC
13Southern California1843.918-4SW
14West Chester University1839.165-2OV
15Oregon1797.669-5NW
16Carleton College1788.189-4NC
17Pittsburgh1763.5311-3OV
18North Carolina1758.3411-3AC
19California-San Diego1756.1411-6SW
20Ohio State1737.7910-4OV
21Whitman1722.074-3NW
22Florida1701.546-7SE
23Kennesaw State1669.2310-3SE
24Truman State*1649.756-1SC
25Vanderbilt1649.535-1SE
26Minnesota1639.664-3NC
27California-Davis1623.2812-6SW
28Victoria1620.954-3NW
29Michigan1610.894-3GL
30Amherst*1607.465-3NE
31Liberty1557.695-1AC
32Bowdoin*1556.675-2NE
33South Carolina1552.074-2SE
34Notre Dame1543.964-3GL
35Carnegie Mellon1541.194-3OV
36Washington1530.284-3NW
37Vermont1529.784-3NE
38Cincinnati1522.909-4OV
39Boston College1517.566-1NE
40Auburn1503.675-2SE
41Georgetown1502.7416-4AC
42North Carolina-Wilmington1501.8210-9AC
43Delaware1496.803-4AC
44Denver1496.185-2SC
45Northeastern1420.484-9NE
46Colorado College1419.072-4SC
47Brigham Young1400.984-3NW
48Chicago1392.113-2GL
49Columbia1390.075-2ME
50Florida State1369.705-8SE

*D-III school and will not be counted in D-I bid allocation

Implied Bid Allocation

Atlantic Coast: 2 bids
Great Lakes: 1 bid
Metro East: 1 bid
New England: 2 bids
North Central: 1 bid
Northwest: 2 bids
Ohio Valley: 2 bids
South Central: 3 bids
Southeast: 1 bid
Southwest: 5 bids

  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. Cody Mills
    Cody Mills

    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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