DI Rankings: NCAA Prelims This Weekend — Texas A&M, LSU Enter as No. 1

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

May 21, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – The NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship will begin this weekend with preliminary rounds being held in Austin, Texas (west site) and Jacksonville, Fla. (east site), Thursday through Saturday. Based on entries for the championships, the latest USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings have been released and Texas A&M’s men and LSU’s women remain the No. 1 teams in the country. No. 8-ranked Arkansas has the most entries among men’s teams into the championships with 38, followed by No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 4 LSU, and No. 5 Texas with 31. On the women’s side, No. 5 Oregon leads with 32 entries into the postseason with No. 3 Clemson following with 28.

National Championship Central
NCAA Prelim Round Entries: MEN – West | East; WOMEN – West | East
Championship Entries: Leaders by Team | Leaders by Conference
Prelim Round Start Lists released Tuesday by 2pm ET: Official Info Site

National Ranking PDFs: Top 25 | Full by Team | Event-by-Event | Week-by-Week
More Info: All-Time Collegiate Top Ten
Previous Rankings

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2012 Week #8 — May 21

next ranking: May 29 (Pre-NCAA Finals)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M 314.46 Big 12 Pat Henry (8th) 1
2 Florida 260.43 SEC Mike Holloway (10th) 2
3 Indiana 214.50 Big Ten Ron Helmer (5th) 3
4 LSU 206.06 SEC Dennis Shaver (8th) 6
5 Texas 205.18 Big 12 Bubba Thornton (17th) 7
6 Arizona 204.01 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (10th) 15
7 Florida State 202.64 ACC Bob Braman (9th) 8
8 Arkansas 191.33 SEC Chris Bucknam (4th) 4
9 Texas Tech 171.14 Big 12 Wes Kittley (13th) 5
10 Nebraska 164.99 Big Ten Gary Pepin (29th) 10
11 Mississippi 164.89 SEC Joe Walker (28th) 12
12 Auburn 162.98 SEC Ralph Spry (15th) 13
13 Southern California 161.12 Pac-12 Ron Allice (18th) 11
14 Arizona State 156.65 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (16th) 14
15 Wisconsin 151.10 Big Ten Ed Nuttycombe (28th) 9
16 Virginia Tech 136.08 ACC Dave Cianelli (11th) 17
17 Mississippi State 135.91 SEC Steve Dudley (2nd) 16
18 Stanford 134.48 Pac-12 Edrick Floreal (7th) 22
19 Penn State 131.91 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (6th) 18
20 Kansas 122.91 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (12th) 19
21 Oregon 115.98 Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th) 20
22 Oklahoma 112.35 Big 12 Martin Smith (7th) 23
23 Iowa 98.19 Big Ten Larry Wieczorek (16th) 26
24 Baylor 94.31 Big 12 Todd Harbour (7th) 24
25 Ohio State 93.27 Big Ten Ed Beathea (1st) 25
Dropped out: No. 21 Minnesota

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1318.11 6
2 Big 12 1202.46 6
3 Big Ten 1085.28 6
4 Pac-12 951.06 5
5 ACC 631.35 2
6 Big East 174.97
7 Ivy 153.92
8 Southland 141.65
9 Mountain West 133.64
10 Missouri Valley 113.54

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2012 Week #8 — May 21

next ranking: May 29 (Pre-NCAA Finals)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 LSU 322.94 SEC Dennis Shaver (8th) 1
2 Kansas 279.26 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (12th) 2
3 Clemson 246.21 ACC Lawrence Johnson (4th) 5
4 Texas 244.53 Big 12 Bev Kearney (20th) 6
5 Oregon 234.62 Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th) 3
6 Texas A&M 224.97 Big 12 Pat Henry (8th) 7
7 Florida 213.49 SEC Mike Holloway (5th) 4
8 Arizona 186.98 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (10th) 8
9 Tennessee 151.14 SEC J.J. Clark (11th) 12
10 Stanford 150.82 Pac-12 Edrick Floreal (7th) 11
11 Texas Tech 147.95 Big 12 Wes Kittley (13th) 9
12 Arizona State 147.33 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (16th) 10
13 Arkansas 142.17 SEC Lance Harter (22nd) 13
14 UCF 135.31 Conference USA Caryl Smith Gilbert (5th) 14
15 Louisville 130.51 Big East Ron Mann (8th) 15
16 Oklahoma 129.81 Big 12 Martin Smith (7th) 16
17 Illinois State 122.21 Missouri Valley Elvis Forde (9th) 17
18 Southern Illinois 113.27 Missouri Valley Connie Price-Smith (11th) 19
19 Illinois 103.64 Big Ten Tonja Buford-Bailey (4th) 18
20 Georgia 103.55 SEC Wayne Norton (13th) 21
21 Baylor 103.42 Big 12 Todd Harbour (7th) 20
22 Ohio State 99.00 Big Ten Karen Dennis (6th) 22
23 Southern California 95.83 Pac-12 Ron Allice (18th) 23
24 Florida State 95.22 ACC Bob Braman (9th) 25
25 Iowa State 94.30 Big 12 Corey Ihmels (5th) 24
Dropped out: none

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Big 12 1378.34 7
2 Pac-12 1112.08 5
3 SEC 1066.65 5
4 ACC 571.56 2
5 Big Ten 533.39 2
6 Big East 493.07 1
7 Missouri Valley 331.82 2
8 Conference USA 317.06 1
9 Mountain West 230.87
10 Big Sky 94.95

 

 

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.