Team Rankings Shuffle A Bit After Weekend in D-I

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

May 3, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released week five national computer rankings for NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field on Tuesday. After much grumbling in the top 25 a week ago, the top five remained mostly unchanged this week as Texas A&M’s men and LSU’s women retain their leads. However, in-state rivals Florida and Florida State flipped places as they are now, Nos. 3 and 4, respectively in the men’s rankings.

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Previous Rankings | Rankings Guidelines & Rationale
Regional Index Top 15

Nebraska’s men reached their season-high with a No. 8 ranking while Oklahoma jumped seven spots to No. 14, their best of the 2011 outdoor campaign. No. 25 New Mexico moved into the top 25 for the first time this outdoor season. After hosting their home Payton Jordan Invitational, Stanford moved up 12 spots to No. 23, inching closer back to their highmark of the season of No. 7 claimed in the preseason rankings.

On the women’s side, Arkansas moved back into the top ten at No. 8. Kansas State rocketed up nine spots to No. 16 after appearing in the top 25 for the first time this season last week.

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #5 – May 3

next ranking: May 10
Rank School Points Last Week
1 Texas A&M 358.58 1
2 LSU 306.94 2
3 Florida 280.13 4
4 Florida State 265.64 3
5 Texas Tech 251.80 5
6 Texas 183.60 6
7 Southern California 176.44 8
8 Nebraska 175.56 12
9 Virginia Tech 165.75 7
10 Arizona 156.66 9
11 Stanford 144.93 23
12 Georgia 144.04 11
13 Baylor 142.74 10
14 Oklahoma 132.39 21
15 Arkansas 123.50 15
16 Mississippi 120.39 14
17 BYU 115.68 13
18 Kansas 111.45 16
19 Penn State 98.11 17
20 Oregon 96.61 20
21 Mississippi State 93.76 18
22 Auburn 82.22 19
23 UCLA 75.46 33
24 TCU 72.74 24
25 New Mexico 70.11 26
dropped out: No. 22 Wisconsin, No. 25 Arizona State
Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Big 12 1570.50 7
2 SEC 1293.21 7
3 Pac-10 891.18 5
4 ACC 672.75 2
5 Big Ten 424.36 1
6 Mountain West 326.34 3
7 Southland 175.09
8 Conference USA 124.56
9 Big Sky 117.33
10 Big West 103.89

USTFCCCA

NCAA Division I

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings

2011 Week #5 – May 3

next ranking: May 10
Rank School Points Last Week
1 LSU 327.03 1
2 Texas A&M 296.89 2
3 Oregon 255.55 3
4 Clemson 242.90 4
5 Southern California 216.51 5
6 Oklahoma 210.95 6
7 Arizona 174.86 7
8 Arkansas 173.83 11
9 Texas 171.57 8
10 Baylor 170.06 12
11 Texas Tech 147.22 9
12 Arizona State 146.51 10
13 Auburn 139.73 13
14 Nebraska 127.99 18
15 Colorado 115.73 23
16 Kansas State 109.33 25
17 UCF 107.81 17
18 North Carolina 104.10 14
19 Georgia 101.14 19
20 Southern Illinois 99.47 20
21 Tennessee 99.39 16
22 Washington State 97.04 21
23 SMU 96.96 15
24 Stanford 94.13 27
25 Kansas 93.54 31
dropped out: No. 22 BYU, No. 24 TCU
Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Big 12
1540.21
9
2 Pac-10
1163.28
6
3 SEC
1085.42
5
4 ACC
676.53
2
5 Conference USA
452.36
2
6 Big Ten
403.34
7 BIG EAST
316.00
8 Mountain West
282.54
9 Missouri Valley
170.04
1
10 Big West
112.68

 

 

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.