While our College Power Rankings can always been found on our permanent rankings page, every week during the season, we will post the current edition here on the front page to facilitate discussion in the comments and serve as a permalink for each week’s rankings..
D-I Women’s Power Rankings
Dropped from rankings:Vermont (17), California (18)
The first big gainer of the weekend is Tufts; a one-point loss to Dartmouth in the New England final and otherwise convincing performance at Regionals sees them climb back into the Top 10 for the first time since mid-February. Northeastern also hops up a couple spots to #11 after qualifying for their first Nationals since 2014.
While Wisconsin had a hard time keeping up with #4 Carleton in the regional final, they otherwise mopped up in the North Central and move up to #10, above rival Minnesota, who falls out of the Top 10 to #12.
The Southwest proved to be every bit the logjam we expected, with a slew of Golden State squads battling for the Nationals bids. #14 UCLA claimed the third bid behind top six teams UCSD and UCSB, but Cal Poly SLO also earn a big rise up to #15 after scrapping to the game-to-go, narrowly edging #16 Stanford.
Pittsburgh got absolutely waxed by #1 Ohio State in their regional final and slide down five spots to #17.
Like the Southwest, the Northwest also proved to be a mess, with too much talent to fit into a limited number of tickets to Round Rock. Bid winners Washington and Oregon move up to #18 and #19 respectively, while former #3 British Columbia falls precipitously down seventeen spots after a disappointing fifth place finish.
An Atlantic Coast trio realigned this week, as #21 Clemson climbed above #22 UNC Wilmington after knocking off Seaweed en route to the regional final against North Carolina, who only narrowly escaped an impressive #23 South Carolina in the semifinals.
New to the rankings this week are Southeast champ #24 Georgia and#25 Utah, who acquitted themselves well in earning a split with Oregon at Northwest regionals. They replace outgoing Vermont and California, who both failed to qualify for Nationals despite entering the weeknd feeling they had a shot.
D-I Men’s Power Rankings
Dropped from rankings:Colorado State (19), UNC Wilmington (23), Auburn (24), UT Dallas (25)
Some shocking regional upsets shook up our top 10. Both Carleton and Massachusetts entered the weekend as near universal favorites to advance, but their stumbles see them fall ten and eight spots respectively to #14 and #16. Most of the rest of the Top 15 shifted up to fill in the gaps after claiming their expected Nationals bids, with Minnesota leapfrogging Wisconsin to #12 by dint of their regional championship.
#15 Georgia finally showed up as the team many expected them to be in the preseason, earning the lone bid out of the Southeast, much to #17 Central Florida‘s chagrin.
California and Southern California played a fantastic double game point game to go in the Southwest, with UGMO claiming the bid and sneaking past Lockdown in our board as well.
Four teams join our Top 25 this week after their performances in their respective Regionals. Tufts lands at #22 as New England’s third qualifier; #23 Maryland‘s impressive run through the Atlantic Coast ended in a game-to-go loss to NC State; #24 Texas A&M proved to be the best of the bunch among the several quality non-TUFF Lone Star state challengers in the South Central; and Iowa State parlayed their shock-of-the-weekend status into a Nationals bid and spot at the back end of our rankings.
Falling out this week are Colorado State, UNC Wilmington, Auburn, and UT Dallas, all of whom cme up short in their quest to earn a trip to Round Rock.
#1 Middlebury were the clear kings of New England, handling all comers with ease. But Bowdoin earned a huge spike this week up to #4 after dominating all non-Prankster competition. Going the other direction is Bryant who slide down to #9 after getting pounded by the region’s top two qualifiers.
Over the past few months, few teams in our rankings have been as volatile as Richmond, who are once again into our Top 5 thanks to claiming the Atlantic Coast’s one bid. They met a surprisingly UNC Asheville team in the regional final, who enter the Top 25 at #19, sandwiched between a #20 Mary Washington squad they bested in semifinals and #18 Davidson who beat the Bulldogs twice at Conferences.
We’ll get to see Missouri S&T in College Station later this month, as their only losses at South Central regionals came at the hands of Air Force. Miner Threat move up to #7 after beating Rice — now #13 — in the game to go.
Franciscan climb eight spots to #16 after they proved to be the best team in the Ohio Valley.
Recovering a spot they surrendered a few weeks ago, #21 Bates are back in the Top 25 thanks to knocking off previously ranked Brandeis and Bentley in New England.
A surprising qualifier out of the Metro East, Hamilton make their first ever appearance in our rankings at #23, ahead of regional foes Marist and Wesleyan, who fell short against the Hot Saucers in Oneonta.
To make way for the newcomers, St. Olaf, Bentley, and Whitworth end the their season’s outside the Top 25.