Big Changes Coming To NCAA DI National Coaches’ Polls

Do you feel that chill in the air?

It’s not because it’s now October 15.

The winds of change are about to sweep through the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches’ Polls.

SEE MORE: Men’s National Coaches’ Poll | Women’s National Coaches’ Poll

That’s because the biggest weekend of the regular season is finally upon us.

Each and every single one of the top-30 teams in the most recent National Coaches’ Polls will be in action this weekend, split between the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Friday and the Under Armour Pre-National Invitational on Saturday.

The last time those meets were held on the same weekend was 2017 and boy, did the National Coaches’ Polls shift the next week.

Use the tables below to filter through where teams stood entering the weekend, where they competed and how they fared, as well as how much their next week rank changed.

How The Men’s Poll Changed Between Week 4 & Week 5 In 2017

Entering
Nat’l Rank
Team
Name
Meet
Competed
Meet
Finish
Next Week
Rank Change
1
Northern Arizona
Nuttycombe
1
2
BYU
Pre-National
1
3
Syracuse
Nuttycombe
3
-1
4
Stanford
Nuttycombe
4
-2
5
Arkansas
Pre-National
9
-22
6
Southern Utah
Nuttycombe
7
-6
7
Colorado
Pre-National
2
+2
8
Oregon
Pre-National
3
9
Oklahoma State
Penn State National
1
-1
10
Furman
Nuttycombe
5
+3
11
Colorado State
Nuttycombe
6
+2
12
Virginia Tech
Pre-National
4
+1
13
Iona
Nuttycombe
17
-12
14
Iowa State
Nuttycombe
16
-9
15
Boise State
Nuttycombe
21
Dropped
16
Illinois
Nuttycombe
28
Dropped
17
Michigan State
Nuttycombe
10
+2
18
Virginia
Nuttycombe
30
Dropped
19
Georgetown
Pre-National
14
Dropped
20
UCLA
Nuttycombe
9
+6
21
Indiana
Nuttycombe
29
Dropped
22
Middle Tennessee
Crimson Classic
1
-3
23
Air Force
Nuttycombe
11
+6
24
Ole Miss
Pre-National
5
+8
25
Michigan
Nuttycombe
8
+12
26
Portland
Nuttycombe
2
+23
27
Utah State
Pre-National
6
+8
28
Wisconsin
Nuttycombe
25
Dropped
29
Washington State
Nuttycombe
13
+9
30
Columbia
Nuttycombe
33
Dropped

Seven men’s teams jumped six or more ranks between Week 4 and Week 7 two years ago, headlined by Portland‘s 23-spot improvement after finishing second at the Nuttycombe Invitational.

There was also quite a bit of attrition as three teams fell nine or more spots, while seven were dropped from the top-30 all together.

How The Women’s Poll Changed Between Week 4 & Week 5 In 2017

Entering
Nat’l Rank
Team
Name
Meet
Competed
Meet
Finish
Next Week
Rank Change
1
Colorado
Pre-National
2
-2
2
Oregon
Pre-National
1
+1
3
New Mexico
Nuttycombe
1
+1
4
Michigan
Pre-National
5
-6
5
Stanford
Nuttycombe
8
-9
6
San Francisco
Nuttycombe
2
+2
7
NC State
Nuttycombe
3
+2
8
Providence
Nuttycombe
5
+1
9
Arkansas
Pre-National
3
+3
10
Penn State
Penn State National
1
+1
11
Washington
Nuttycombe
7
-2
12
Ole Miss
Pre-National
9
-10
13
Boise State
Nuttycombe
4
+5
14
Indiana
Nuttycombe
17
-15
15
Villanova
Penn State National
2
16
BYU
Pre-National
7
-2
17
Wisconsin
Nuttycombe
9
18
Iowa State
Nuttycombe
13
-5
19
Utah State
Pre-National
4
+7
20
Minnesota
Nuttycombe
10
+1
21
Furman
Nuttycombe
6
+10
22
Utah
Nuttycombe
16
-5
22
Georgetown
Nuttycombe
19
Dropped
24
Missouri
Pre-National
24
Dropped
25
Georgia
Pre-National
6
+9
26
Oklahoma State
Penn State National
6
Dropped
27
Yale
Nuttycombe
20
Dropped
28
Virginia
Nuttycombe
21
Dropped
29
West Virginia
Penn State National
8
Dropped
29
Mississippi State
Crimson Classic
3
Dropped

Three women’s teams improved their rank by seven or more spots between Week 4 and Week 5, notably Furman and Georgia, which finished sixth at the Nuttycombe Invitational and the Pre-National Invitational, respectively.

There was also quite a bit of attrition to the index, as three teams fell nine or more spots and seven were dropped from the top-30 all together.

As you can see, you don’t want to miss the newest NCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches’ Polls when they are released next Tuesday following what promises to be a major weekend.