Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Around the Rankings

A number of Inland Northwest teams highlight the national rankings for the various collegiate divisions. Here is a look around at the three main polls/rankings from the NSCAA, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer, which incorporates its projection of the tournament fields into its ranking.

Division I - Men

Though no INW teams are in the polls, the University of Washington dropped out of the Soccer America poll after two weeks at 25, but moved up to 20 in the NSCAA poll. TDS projects the Huskies at 30 with Oregon State at 36.

Division I - Women

Washington State received votes for the first time in the NSCAA poll, but did not break into the official Top 25. Also in the RV list was Oregon State while the University of Washington came in at 23 and Portland at 19. Washington (18), Portland (19) and Oregon State were also in the Soccer America Top 25. Idaho State (55) is joined by OSU (29), UW (31) and Portland (32) in the TDS projection.

Division II - Men

Ranked 11 in the NSCAA preseason poll, Seattle Pacific continues to move up the list, jumping to 5 last week and to 2 this week. 

Division III - Men

Whitworth continues to climb up the NSCAA poll, going from RV to 24 last week. This week they moved up to 16.

NAIA - Men

Great Falls and Concordia remain in the picture with Rocky Mountain also getting votes for the first time. Great Falls remained at 22 for the second straight week while Concordia and RMC were both in the RV list.

NAIA - Women

After starting the preseason at second on the list and beating two top five teams, it took an extra week and a loss by the top team for Concordia to move into the No. 1 spot this week. Carroll College dropped a spot to 24 this week while Rocky Mountain remains on the RV list along with Southern Oregon, which returned after initially being there in the preseason poll.

See The Polls:  NSCAA  |   Soccer America M & W  |  Top Drawer Soccer M & W

Editorial Note/Comment: You can't always control where teams ultimately fall in the polls, but the Division III poll, which not disclose voting results, seems to have some unusual movement.

I am not arguing with the fact that Whitworth, which was RV in the preseason and 24 last week, only moved up eight spots after beating #7 Wheaton, though you would think they would finish ahead of the team they just defeated. However; Wheaton went from unranked in the preseason poll to 7 in the opening poll a week ago before dropping to 15 this week.

In other strange moves, Rutgers-Camden was #4 in preseason poll and dropped to a tie for #24 with Whitworth in the first poll after games last week. Then this week, after a pair of wins against unranked teams moved all the way back up to #6 while Whitworth only jumped to #16. Also, Wisconsin-Whitewater played one game this week, a 1-0 overtime win, against an unranked team and moved up 10 spots from 21 to 11. Those are just a couple examples I noticed with a quick review.