DI Rankings: Regular Season Done, Texas A&M and LSU are Latest No. 1s

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

May 15, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – The regular season is over and only the NCAA Championships are left for NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field. Preliminary rounds for the national championships will be held next weekend, May 24-26, and the final rounds will be held June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa. Using the full lot of data from the regular season — and, after many conference championships this past weekend — we have two new No. 1 teams. Texas A&M’s men have taken over the top spot for the second time this year and are looking to win a fourth-straight national title in the coming weeks. LSU’s women are now No. 1 after winning the SEC title. LSU is the fourth women’s team to be No. 1 this outdoor season.

National Ranking PDFs: Top 25 | Full by Team | Event-by-Event | Week-by-Week
FINAL Regional Index: Top 15 | By Team | By Event
More Info: All-Time Collegiate Top Ten | Updated Football-Player Marks
Previous Rankings

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2012 Week #7 — May 15

next ranking: May 21 (MONDAY, Pre-NCAA Prelims)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Texas A&M 297.72 Big 12 Pat Henry (8th) 2
2 Florida 252.92 SEC Mike Holloway (10th) 1
3 Indiana 215.96 Big Ten Ron Helmer (5th) 8
4 Arkansas 201.50 SEC Chris Bucknam (4th) 6
5 Texas Tech 201.21 Big 12 Wes Kittley (13th) 3
6 LSU 199.62 SEC Dennis Shaver (8th) 9
7 Texas 197.87 Big 12 Bubba Thornton (17th) 10
8 Florida State 194.84 ACC Bob Braman (9th) 4
9 Wisconsin 193.79 Big Ten Ed Nuttycombe (28th) 15
10 Nebraska 163.80 Big Ten Gary Pepin (29th) 17
11 Southern California 158.94 Pac-12 Ron Allice (18th) 7
12 Mississippi 158.09 SEC Joe Walker (28th) 11
13 Auburn 155.28 SEC Ralph Spry (15th) 13
14 Arizona State 150.79 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (16th) 5
15 Arizona 147.87 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (10th) 14
16 Mississippi State 138.02 SEC Steve Dudley (2nd) 12
17 Virginia Tech 124.67 ACC Dave Cianelli (11th) 16
18 Penn State 120.38 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (6th) 29
19 Kansas 119.24 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (12th) 23
20 Oregon 115.65 Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th) 22
21 Minnesota 114.01 Big Ten Steve Plasencia (4th) 25
22 Stanford 113.43 Pac-12 Edrick Floreal (7th) 18
23 Oklahoma 104.96 Big 12 Martin Smith (7th) 20
24 Baylor 94.93 Big 12 Todd Harbour (7th) 30
25 Ohio State 94.49 Big Ten Ed Beathea (1st) 31
Dropped out: No. 19 Georgia, No. 21 Iowa, No. 24 Princeton

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1308.13 6
2 Big 12 1175.51 6
3 Big Ten 1130.42 6
4 Pac-12 863.44 5
5 ACC 590.77 2
6 Big East 172.02
7 Southland 140.50
8 Ivy 140.12
9 Mountain West 133.44
10 Missouri Valley 115.26

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

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

2012 Week #7 — May 15

next ranking: May 21 (MONDAY, Pre-NCAA Prelims)
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 LSU 314.25 SEC Dennis Shaver (8th) 2
2 Kansas 273.55 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (12th) 5
3 Oregon 262.24 Pac-12 Vin Lananna (7th) 7
4 Florida 237.62 SEC Mike Holloway (5th) 4
5 Clemson 236.42 ACC Lawrence Johnson (4th) 1
6 Texas 234.15 Big 12 Bev Kearney (20th) 3
7 Texas A&M 214.12 Big 12 Pat Henry (8th) 8
8 Arizona 172.03 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (10th) 9
9 Texas Tech 157.58 Big 12 Wes Kittley (13th) 6
10 Arizona State 149.66 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (16th) 10
11 Stanford 140.80 Pac-12 Edrick Floreal (7th) 14
12 Tennessee 140.16 SEC J.J. Clark (11th) 19
13 Arkansas 140.14 SEC Lance Harter (22nd) 11
14 UCF 130.72 Conference USA Caryl Smith Gilbert (5th) 18
15 Louisville 128.56 Big East Ron Mann (8th) 12
16 Oklahoma 120.62 Big 12 Martin Smith (7th) 13
17 Illinois State 119.45 Missouri Valley Elvis Forde (9th) 15
18 Illinois 109.02 Big Ten Tonja Buford-Bailey (4th) 36
19 Southern Illinois 106.83 Missouri Valley Connie Price-Smith (11th) 22
20 Baylor 104.20 Big 12 Todd Harbour (7th) 23
21 Georgia 99.28 SEC Wayne Norton (13th) 21
22 Ohio State 98.62 Big Ten Karen Dennis (6th) 24
23 Southern California 92.23 Pac-12 Ron Allice (18th) 16
24 Iowa State 91.15 Big 12 Corey Ihmels (5th) 20
25 Florida State 91.04 ACC Bob Braman (9th) 17
Dropped out: No. 25 Kansas State

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 Big 12 1347.73 7
2 Pac-12 1101.32 5
3 SEC 1082.53 5
4 ACC 555.08 2
5 Big Ten 523.38 2
6 Big East 471.81 1
7 Conference USA 304.41 1
8 Missouri Valley 297.46 2
9 Mountain West 225.02
10 Ivy 97.42

 

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.