March 6, 2019 by Ultiworld, Lindsay Soo 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; it can be found at the bottom of this post, available to Ultiworld subscribers.
D-I Women’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: South Carolina (25)|
|1||UC San Diego||-||1|
|6||UC Santa Barbara||-||6|
|16||Cal Poly SLO||-5||11|
D-I Women’s Discussion
- Despite several of our top teams in action at Stanford Invite, nobody moves in our rankings. #1 UC San Diego completed their Southwest Triple Crown with another comfortable tournament win, #5 Carleton looked more like the team we expected all season but doesn’t do enough to overcome a head-to-head loss to North Carolina, and #6 UC Santa Barbara finally fell in a semifinal.
- Colorado moves up four spots this week to #9 after a fifth place finish in Stevinson.
- Not far behind them are #12 Texas who move up nine slots thanks to a 5-2 weekend including wins over northwest duo Oregon and Washington.
- Beyond the UCSD and UCSB juggernauts, another quartet of Golden State squads qualified for the quarterfinals in Stevinson, with UCLA moving up eleven spots to #13, California flying from unranked all the way to #14, Stanford bouncing back from a rough early season to land at #15, and Cal Poly SLO sliding back a few to #16 with just a two-win weekend.
- The biggest drops this week belong to the Northwest, as British Columbia stumbled in their season debut, besting Oregon in the game for eleventh place. Both teams fall out of the Top 10 to #18 and #19 respectively.
- While unsanctioned, South Carolina drops their first game of the season to Virginia Tech and falls out of the rankings this week to make space for California.
D-I Men’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: Victoria (14), LSU (23)|
|5||Cal Poly SLO||-||5|
D-I Men’s Discussion
- After topping Cal Poly SLO in pool play, Texas marched all the way to the semifinals at Stanford Invite; thanks to that performance, they shoot up the board to #4.
- For the first time all season, Brigham Young dropped multiple games in a weekend, despite also picking up an impressive win over Oregon. The two-loss weekend sees them slip down to #10.
- Colorado returns to the Top 25 after a few weeks on the outside, bouncing back from a disappointing President’s Day to notch a fifth place finish in Stevinson.
- #15 Ohio State, #17 Colorado State, and#19 California all acquitted themselves well at Stanford, with berths in the bracket resulting in significant climbs up our board.
- Going the other direction were Washington, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, all of whom finished eleventh or worse and failed to impress.
- Falling out of the Top 25 this week are Victoria and LSU. The former won just a single game at Stanford Invite with the latter had a Mardi Gras to forget. After hanging around the fringes of the rankings, Tufts enters the list for the first time all season despite remaining idle since Florida Warm Up in early February.
D-III Women’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: Air Force (22), Hamilton (23), Carleton Eclipse (25)|
|15||Lewis and Clark||-1||14|
D-III Women’s Discussion
- With their undefeated weekend at Midwest Throwdown, Truman State climb into the Top 10 at #8. Fellow South Central squad John Brown also played well at the event and rise four spots to #20.
- Three brand new teams enter the rankings after making their season debut this past weekend. Xavier took third at Ben’s Bar Mitzvah, Colby put up a decent effort against #1 Bates, and Missouri S&T finished .500 at Midwest Throwdown. The trio replace idle Hamilton and Carleton Eclipse, along with an Air Force squad who did not fare so well at Midwest Throwdown, dropping three games to D-III foes.
D-III Men’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: Oberlin (4), RPI (14), Xavier (21), Colorado College (23), Pacific Lutheran (24), North Park (25)|
|24||Lewis & Clark||-|
D-III Men’s Discussion
- We have a new #1 this week, as Middlebury takes the mantle with an upset of Air Force at the FCS D-III Tune Up. Also dropping a game to #3 Richmond, Afterburn slide down to #5.
- Strong showings in Bermuda Run led to gains for Mary Washington and Missouri S&T. The same was true for several unranked teams, like Franciscan who jumped all the way up to #10 with the return of Dom Schuster, Atlantic Coast pair Elon and UNC Asheville, along with Messiah, who haven’t been ranked in more than two years.
- Despite being idle, Rice moves up, correcting some earlier oversight of their results.
- St. Olaf went undefeated on the first and only day of Midwest Throwdown, enough to debut at #16. Lewis and Clark also enjoyed an undefeated weekend, winning PLU BBQ and entering the rankings at #24.
- With all of the movement from FCS, a staggering six teams fell out of the rankings this week, headlined by former #4 Oberlin. Joining them on the outside are RPI, Xavier, Colorado College, Pacific Lutheran, and North Park. Several of these squads will have an opportunity to rejoin to board if they play well at the upcoming D-III Midwestern Invite.
Bonus write ups for each of our D-I Top 25 teams below.
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