College Power Rankings, Presented By NUTC [End of 2019 Season]

The final College Power Rankings of 2019!

Here are the final College Power Rankings of the 2019 season, presented by the National Ultimate Training Camp!

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.

This year, we also plan to periodically provide expanded notes on our Top 25 teams as bonus content for our subscribers; notes for all ranked teams in all four divisions can be found at the bottom of this post, available to Ultiworld subscribers.

D-I Women’s Power Rankings

Rank Team Change Prior
Dropped from rankings: Utah (25)
1 +1 2
2 +4 6
3 - 3
4 -3 1
5 -1 4
6 -1 5
7 - 7
8 +2 10
9 -1 8
10 +2 12
11 +2 13
12 +2 14
13 +6 19
14 +6 20
15 +9 24
16 -7 9
17 -6 11
18 -3 15
19 -3 16
20 -3 17
21 -3 18
22 -1 21
23 -1 22
24 -1 23
25 -

D-I Women’s Discussion

  • Obviously, the national champs end the year at the top of the Power Rankings. After surrendering the top spot in early April, UC San Diego reclaim #1, followed closely by double game point runner up Dartmouth. It was the top two we predicted at the start of the year, though in reverse order. Congrats to the new title holders!
  • It was a solid season for the North Central as the region ends with three teams inside the final Top 10 after both Wisconsin and Minnesota moved up with impressive performances in Round Rock.
  • Making big moves up the board to end the season are Oregon and Georgia; both came up just short in the prequarters, but were led by electric performances from big throwers Ella Hansen and Marie Perivier, respectively. Fugue’s six-place bump also lifts British Columbia, who were absent from the College Championships but had a top 10 season in the eyes of the algorithm.
  • Going the other direction were the non-Dartmouth qualifiers from New England. Both Tufts and Northeastern plummet after missing the bracket.
  • By hanging tough in some close pool play games then pipping Northeastern in consolation, Northwestern Gungho round out the final 2019 Top 25. Utah drop out at their expense.

D-I Men’s Power Rankings

Rank Team Change Prior
Dropped from rankings: Texas A&M (24)
1 - 1
2 - 2
3 - 3
4 - 4
5 +1 6
6 -1 5
7 +2 9
8 +2 10
9 +4 13
10 -2 8
11 +9 20
12 -5 7
13 +1 14
14 +1 15
15 -3 12
16 - 16
17 -6 11
18 -1 17
19 -1 18
20 -1 19
21 -
22 -1 21
23 -1 22
24 +1 25
25 -2 23

D-I Men’s Discussion

  • Steady she goes at the top of the board as Brown justified their #1 ranking by taking home the title. Colorado moves up a spot into the Top 5 by virtue of their run to semifinals in Round Rock.
  • Wisconsin and Michigan are the big winners of the weekend on the men’s side, as surprise trips to the quarterfinals see them move up to #9 and #11, respectively. Both hailing from notoriously inclement environs, perhaps it shouldn’t have been surprising to see them succeed in the strong winds in Texas.
  • The only team to drop out of the Top 10 coming out of Nationals is #12 Washington, who dropped a double game point to Colorado in pool play and then were on the wrong side of a lopsided prequarter.
  • Minnesota endured a hard-luck miss of the bracket after finishing pool play with multiple wins; they drop three spots to end the year at #15. Also unlucky were NC State, who were decimated by injuries and suffered multiple double game point losses to knock them from contention and drop them down six spots on our board.
  • A very solid performance in Round Rock from Victoria see the preseason #25 climb back into the rankings at #21 to end the year. To make room, Texas A&M fall out.

D-III Women’s Power Rankings

Rank Team Change Prior
Dropped from rankings: Swarthmore (25)
1 +5 6
2 -1 1
3 +6 9
4 +3 7
5 +15 20
6 -3 3
7 -3 4
8 -6 2
9 -1 8
10 +1 11
11 -6 5
12 -2 10
13 -1 12
14 -1 13
15 -1 14
16 -1 15
17 +4 21
18 -
19 -3 16
20 -3 17
21 -3 18
22 -3 19
23 -1 22
24 -1 23
25 -1 24

D-III Women’s Discussion

  • Bates came up one-game short of a perfect season and a wire-to-wire #1 ranking in our Power Rankings. Oberlin‘s dismantling of the favorites in the title game finally break Cold Front’s stranglehold on the top spot.
  • The rest of the end-of-season Top 5 are new to that position, as semifinalists St. Olaf and North Park rocket up the rankings, joined by an equally impressive Puget Sound squad who unfortunately came up against the Oberlin buzzsaw in the quarterfinal round. Sliding down are another pair of quarterfinal losers, Middlebury and Truman State, along with a Williams squad who had been sitting at #2 since the preseason but were bested by Allihopa early in the bracket.
  • It was a rough weekend all around for the New England region; while Middlebury managed to hold at their initial seeding, the other three qualifiers failed to live up to theirs, including Mount Holyoke who missed the bracket entirely and, like Williams, fall six spots in our final Power Rankings.
  • Despite entering as an unknown quantity, Occidental made the most of their Nationals opportunity, knocking off Carleton in pool play to earn a spot in the bracket. The win sees them enter our final rankings at #18, one spot behind a North Georgia squad who beat WAC in consolation play for their only victory of the tournament.

D-III Men’s Power Rankings

Rank Team Change Prior
Dropped from rankings: Brandeis (22)
1 - 1
2 - 2
3 - 3
4 +1 5
5 -1 4
6 +2 8
7 - 7
8 +1 9
9 -3 6
10 +2 12
11 +12 23
12 +4 16
13 +2 15
14 -1 13
15 -1 14
16 +8 24
17 +8 25
18 -8 10
19 -8 11
20 -2 18
21 -4 17
22 -3 19
23 -3 20
24 -
25 -4 21

D-III Men’s Discussion

  • For as much turmoil as the bottom 15 places of the Men’s D-III board sees in its final 2019 edition, the top held steady as favorites Middlebury claimed their title over worthy challengers from Air Force.
  • Some minor shuffling in the Top 10 saw Richmond and Bowdoin swap spots at #4 and #5, Luther move up a couple spots thanks to a quarterfinal run, and Michigan Tech slipping to #9 after seeing their Nationals run end in the prequarters.
  • Hamilton earned our respect to the tune of moving up 12 spots to #11 by dint of a solid pool play performance that included a win over #12 Franciscan. The Metro East champ’s ascent also drags up a pair of regional foes, Marist and Wesleyan, who were all separated by just a single point at Regionals.
  • Going the other direction is the Northwest qualifier Portland, who’s winless pool play showing drops the from the Top 10 all the way down to #18. Falling eight spots with them are regional rival Lewis & Clark, who unfortunately never had the opportunity to play UPrise for the right to represent the region in College Station.
  • Making their 2019 Power Rankings debut in the last edition of the season are Claremont; after a disappointing regular season, the Braineaters managed an upset of Portland in pool play, despite a roster left short-handed by graduation. Their inclusion at #24 sees Brandeis finish just outside the cutoff.

Final end of season write ups for each of our Top 25 teams across all four divisions for subscribers below.

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