February 13, 2019 by Ultiworld, Keith Raynor and Will Johnson in Rankings with 0 comments
Every Wednesday, we will post the College Power Rankings here on the front page to facilitate discussion in the comments and serve as a permalink for each week’s rankings.
This year, we also plan to periodically provide expanded notes on our Top 25 teams as bonus content for our subscribers. The first such update can be found at the bottom of this post, available to Ultiworld subscribers.
D-I Women’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: NC State (17), Georgia (25)|
|1||UC San Diego||-||1|
|10||UC Santa Barbara||+1||11|
|19||Cal Poly SLO||-||19|
D-I Women’s Discussion
- With four teams in the Top 10 at Queen City Tune Up, there was a chance for a real shakeup at the top of the division. Instead, #3 North Carolina, #4 Carleton, and #8 Pittsburgh performed to expectations and basically maintained position.
- One top team that will be disappointed with their weekend is #13 Ohio State, who stumble a bit from last week’s spot at #5. One of their two surprisingly losses came at the hands of #12 Tufts, who themselves were blown out by two top seeds so don’t move up much.
- While Cal Poly SLO topped all college competition at the Stanford Open, their loss to Seattle high schoolers Seven Hills sees them hold tight at #19.
- Both NC State and Georgia spurned chances against ranked opposition and fall out of this week’s Top 25.
- Entering the ranking this week to replace them are #23 UNC Wilmington and #25 Colorado College. The former managed a solid sixth place finish in Charlotte, playing both Tufts and Ohio State close. The latter reenters the Top 25 heading into their season debut at President’s Day.
D-I Men’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: Northwestern (14), Maryland (20), Auburn (22), Emory (24)|
|8||Cal Poly SLO||+3||11|
D-I Men’s Discussion
- Warm Up and Queen City Tune Up light up the boards this week. Brigham Young improves on their all-time program high, clocking in this week at #4 after a 7-1 weekend in Florida. Whether they compete on Sundays or not, this team is legitimately in the top tier in the country this season.
- Most surprising on the weekend was the performance of Central Florida, who went from barely on the radar to shooting all the way up to #9 in this week’s rankings, courtesy of a seven-win weekend against big-time competition in Tampa.
- Texas moved into the top 10 and staked claim to being top dog in the South Central after a run to the Warm Up semis.
- Perhaps the biggest news is the fall of preseason co-favorite Carleton, down ten spots to #12 after a dismal performance in Tampa. Also tumbling were North Central peers Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Hodags are the only squad to knock off BYU this spring, but took several losses and failed to make the top bracket. The same was true for Grey Duck, though without the signature win.
- At Queen City Tune Up, both UNC Wilmington and Ohio State acquitted themselves well against the irrepressible North Carolina. They move up four and five spots respectively with the performance.
- New to the big board this week are #22 Michigan, #23 UT Dallas, and #24 Texas A&M. While none were flawless, all showed something this past weekend at Warm Up, all surprisingly qualifying for the top eight quarterfinals before falling to (now) Top 10 opposition.
- With four new squads entering, four fall out. Northwestern, Maryland, Auburn, and Emory all had disappointing weekends and slide out of the Top 25.
D-III Women’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: Claremont (17), Haverford and Bryn Mawr (25)|
|19||Lewis and Clark||+5||24|
D-III Women’s Discussion
- Six ranked D-III women’s squads took to the field at Stanford Open, rearranging things a bit this week. #3 Puget Sound had a good weekend, coming within a tie-breaker of topping their pool, and holding onto their spot near the top of our board. Pacific Lutheran actually did win their pool and move up to #12.
- #19 Lewis & Clark and #21 Portland also made gains on the weekend. The former notched a definitive victory over perennial Southwest contenders Claremont, who fall out of the Top 25. UPRoar returns to the rankings for the first time in 2019 after finding a way to sneak through to the tournament semifinals. Air Force goes the other direction, dropping a couple slots.
- Trinity makes their debut in the Top 25 after winning Antifreeze in Houston, including a 9-6 victory over Rice, who fall to #16.
- At the back end, idle Haverford & Bryn Mawr fall out to make space for the new additions.
D-III Men’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: Occidental (22)|
|25||Lewis & Clark||-|
D-III Men’s Discussion
- Despite seven D-III squads in attendance — three of them ranked — we learned very little from the Stanford Open. #1 Air Force and #3 Carleton GoP were both predictably solid and maintain their rankings this week. The only movement came as Occidental fell out of the Top 25 after getting torched by Afterburn; taking their spot is new #25 Lewis & Clark.
Bonus write ups for each of our D-I Top 25 teams below.
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