As Conference Championships Loom, Little Changes to the Nation’s Top 10 in Division I

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 22, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The latest USTFCCCA national team computer rankings of the indoor track & field season are out for NCAA’s Division I. After a light week for many of the teams across the top 25, the rankings made only small changes as we head into the weekend in which a majority of the nation’s conferences will contest their championship meets.

PDFs: Top 25 | Full by Team | Event-by-Event | Week-by-Week
Previous Rankings | Rankings Guidelines & Rationale
Regional Index: Top 15 Teams by Region

Division I Conference Championship Central

 

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #5 – February 22

next ranking: March 1 (Week 6)
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Florida 167.42 1
2 LSU 158.45 2
3 Indiana 92.88 3
4 Texas A&M 86.75 4
5 Arkansas 80.81 5
6 Stanford 77.35 7
7 BYU 72.71 6
8 Texas 72.51 8
9 Oklahoma 71.80 10
10 Penn State 71.42 9
11 Florida State 67.27 11
12 Oregon 64.34 12
13 Nebraska 60.77 17
14 Arizona 58.23 15
15 Iowa 57.33 14
16 Wisconsin 56.32 13
17 Alabama 55.91 19
18 Texas Tech 55.00 18
19 Kansas State 54.69 20
20 Minnesota 54.09 25
21 Washington 52.69 16
22 Ohio State 52.41 21
23 Virginia Tech 49.07 35
24 Georgia 43.51 22
25 Clemson 41.74 23
Dropped out: No. 24 Auburn
Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 661.99 5
2 Big 12 489.93 6
3 Big Ten 424.50 6
4 Pac-10 343.52 4
5 ACC 262.23 3
6 Mountain West 81.68 1
7 Big Sky 62.58
8 Conference USA 59.29
9 BIG EAST 58.01
10 Big South 44.29

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #5 – February 22

next ranking: March 1 (Week 6)
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Oregon 199.08 1
2 LSU 147.16 2
3 Texas 120.45 3
4 Arkansas 118.29 4
5 Texas A&M 112.61 5
6 Tennessee 98.54 6
7 Florida State 94.62 7
8 Oklahoma 83.28 9
9 UCF 79.17 8
10 BYU 70.91 10
11 Nebraska 68.39 11
12 Arizona 67.05 12
13 Michigan 60.62 13
14 Southern Illinois 55.46 14
15 Clemson 49.92 15
16 TCU 49.20 16
17 Texas Tech 47.46 17
18 Connecticut 41.66 19
19 Duke 41.43 24
20 Baylor 40.96 18
21 Florida 39.52 22
22 Stony Brook 39.10 27
23 Stanford 37.60 21
24 Auburn 37.17 23
25 Arizona State 36.96 20
Dropped out: No. 25 Indiana
Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference
Points
Top 25 Teams
1 Big 12
561.86
6
2 SEC
537.56
5
3 Pac-10
390.37
4
4 ACC
271.17
3
5 Big Ten
204.64
1
6 BIG EAST
181.07
1
7 Conference USA
165.97
1
8 Mountain West
162.45
2
9 Missouri Valley
121.05
1
10 America East
45.99
1

 

 

About the Rankings
For more on the rankings and links to guideline and rationale information visit …
http://www.ustfccca.org/rankings/division-i-rankings

The purpose and methodology of the national team computer rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national-title race – not as a method to compare teams head-to-head.

The Regional Index is determined using a similar method as national rankings, but on a smaller scale, comparing teams versus others within the same region. The result is a ranking that showcases squads with better all-around team potential — a group makeup critical for conference or similar team-scored events. A team may achieve a better regional ranking than a counterpart that has a better national ranking. Historically, some teams are better national-championship teams than conference-championship teams, having a few elite athletes that score very well in a diverse environment where teams do not have entries in more than a few events. Some teams are better at conference championships or similar team-scored events where they enter, and are competitive, in many of the events.

How a team fares in a national championship, conference championship, or scored meet with only a couple or few teams (like a dual or triangular) can be very different, given the number of events, competition, scoring, and makeup of entries — thus the rationale behind each of the ranking systems. Similar arguments about team makeup and rankings can also be found in swimming & diving and wrestling as their sports also have a similar trichotomy when it comes to team theory.