There was plenty of movement in the top-10 of CB360’s exclusive Composite Natonal Rankings, with Virginia returning to the top spot (a position it held for much of the 2010 season), while Vanderbilt has moved up from #3 to #2. There also are three new teams in the CNR top-10 (8-10 spots): Georgia Tech (up from #11), Fresno State (previously #12) and North Carolina (14th a week ago). front-page photo courtesy of Virginia
Other teams still in the top-10 include: previous #1 Florida (now #3) … #4 South Carolina (up from #6) … #5 Arizona State (down a spot) … #6 Texas A&M (up from #8) … and #7 Florida State (down from #6 a week ago). The top-10 now includes four teams from the ACC and three SEC (plus one each from the Pac-10, Big 12 and WAC).
The three teams that have dropped out of the top-10 include: #7 Texas, #9 Oklahoma and #10 LSU.
The CNR formula now includes Boyd Nation’s “Pseudo-RPI” (with the BN preseason predicted strength-of-schedule dropping out of the criteria). Note that other RPI-type factors (BN’s Iterative Strength Ratings and the official NCAA RPI) will be phased into the CNR formula over the next few weeks (RPI numbers will become more accurate/useful as the sample of games continues to grow).
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The CNR’s all-inclusive ranking formula – which will expand significantly as the season progresses (adding RPI/power rankings, NCAA projections, etc.) – currently includes seven different “ingredients:” six national polls (coaches, writers, BA, CB, Perfect Game, & CBL) and the aforementioned Boyd’s Nation Pseudo RPI.
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CNR TOP-50 CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN (week-7)
SEC (9 … 3 top-10, 5 top-25) – #2 Vanderbilt, #3 Florida, #4 South Carolina, #17 LSU, #24 Arkansas, #31 Auburn, #33 Mississippi State, #37 Mississippi & #49 Tennessee
Pacific-10 (7… 1 top-10, 6 top-25) – #5 Arizona State, #15 Stanford, #18 Arizona, #19 UCLA, #20 Oregon State, #21 California & #35 Oregon
ACC (6 … 4 top-10, 5 top-25) – #1 Virginia, #7 Florida State, #8 Georgia Tech, #10 North Carolina, #22 Clemson & #50 Miami
Big 12 (6 … 1 top-10, 4 top-25) – #7 Texas A&M, #12 Texas, #14 Oklahoma, #25 Baylor, #40 Texas Tech & #41 Oklahoma State
Conference USA (5 … 1 top-25) – #16 Southern Mississippi, #27 Tulane, #29 Rice, #34 UCF & #38 East Carolina
2 Each – Atlantic Sun (#23 Stetson & #47 East Tennessee) … BIG EAST (#36 Louisville & #48 St. John’s) … Big West (#11 Cal State Fullerton & #28 UC Irvine) … Southern (#42 College of Charleston & #43 Elon)
1 Each – Big South (#33 Coastal Carolina) … Missouri Valley (#32 Wichita State) … Mountain West (#13 TCU) … Southland (#39 Texas State) … Sunbelt (#30 Troy) … Western Athletic (#9 Fresno State)
BIGGEST JUMPS IN THE CNR – Mississippi State (#49 to #33) … Stetson (#36 to #23) … Southern Mississippi (#28 to #16) … Texas State (#47 to #39) … Troy (#37 to #30) … Wichita State (#39 to #32) … Cal State Fullerton (#17 to #11)
NEWCOMERS/RETURNERS TO THE CNR – #26 Alabama … #41 Oklahoma State … #44 Gonzaga … #45 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi … #46 Georgia Southern … #48 St. John’s (AL, OkSt and SJ were top-50 teams earlier this season)
DROPPED OUT OF THE CNR TOP-50 – #33 Coastal Carolina … #40 Southeastern Louisiana … #41 Rhode Island … #45 Marist … #48 UNLV … #50 Jacksonville
BIGGEST DROPS IN THE CNR – Miami (#30 to #50) … Auburn (#18 to #31) … College of Charleston (#31 to #42) … LSU (#10 to #17)
College Baseball 2011 Composite National Rankings #7 (CNR)
courtesy of CollegeBaseball360.com; March 29, 2011
|11||Cal State Fullerton||86.28||17||11||7||10||11||8|
|42||College of Charleston||47.75||31||25||26||27||29||26|
|45||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||46.53||47||-||-||-||-||-|
COMPOSITE NATIONAL RANKINGS (CNR) CRITERIA: CB360′s 100-point Composite National Rankings formula currently is centered around seven core ingredients but in upcoming weeks will include upwards of 20 different factors – ultimately combining a diverse collection of “experts” (ranging from coaches, various media, computer calculations and projections) – to help provide a preview of teams that could be in the running for the 2011 NCAA Championship field (hypothetically 50 teams, plus 14 others from lower-rated automatic-bid conferences – those teams will be projected in upcoming CNR updates).
Teams receive points based on their standings in each poll/rating/projection (60 pts for #1; 59 for #2, etc.). For polls involving voting points (coaches and CB) and the RPI ratings, the CNR adjusts to reward teams that have larger margins in the voting/point totals (whereas two teams with nearly the same voting-point total will be closer in the CNR allotment for that poll). Note that strength-of-schedule typically is factored into RPI formulations … thus the actual SOS numbers are not used in the CNR when RPI already are in the mix. For the NCAA field projections used later in the season, teams will be awarded CNR points based on their respective seedings, “last in” and “last out,” etc.
Currently, the seven polls/ratings listed below are averaged, with 40 points then are added to each total in order to yield the 100-point benchmark. The CB360 Composite National Rankings will add factors to the formula throughout the 2011 season, with the additions to include various RPI/power rankings, NCAA Tournament projections and a late-season bonus/penalty for record over the past-10 games.
Here are links to the seven criteria currently used in the CNR:
• National Coaches Poll (USA Today/ESPN)
• National Collegiate Baseball Writers poll
• Baseball America poll
• Colllegiate Baseball magazine rankings
• Perfect Game rankings
• College Baseball Lineup rankings
• Boyd’s World “Pseudo-RPI” (this page updated daily)