Georgia moves up one spot to No. 6 after picking up road wins at Texas A&M and LSU while Wake Forest drops one spot to No. 7 despite winning on the road over Virginia Tech and No. 1 North Carolina. I know what everyone is thinking – how can you beat the No. 1 team and drop? Correction: Wake will stay at 6 with 58.41 and UGA 7 – my sheet didn’t count the road bonus from Wake’s win at UNC.
This set of rankings used each team’s eight best wins and while the win over UNC was great there were still four teams with better wins than Wake (see chart below rankings). The reason Wake is behind both Ohio State and Georgia is because of its four losses, two of which were to teams ranked outside the top 20 (#21 Texas and #42 NC State). The NC State loss came during the weekend when both Skander Mansouri and Petros Chrysochos were out of the country playing Davis Cup so that loss is the anchor that’s keeping them from floating to the top.
USC moves up one spot to No. 8 after beating Cal and Stanford while Oklahoma surges up nine spots to No. 9 after winning at No. 17 South Florida and No. 22 Florida State. Texas A&M holds on to the No. 10 spot by the slimmest of margins over Texas Tech.
I also listed what the top 10 would look like if they just went strictly off each team’s eight best wins with losses removed from the equation.
Cal remains No. 1 on the women’s side while North Carolina jumps up to No. 2 with Ohio State dropping down to No. 3. UNC’s win over Duke last Tuesday was enough to push them past the Buckeyes.
Georgia, Vanderbilt, Florida, and Miami remain at 4, 5, 6, and 7 while Duke and South Carolina swap spots at No. 8 and No. 10 after Duke won at Virginia after South Carolina got beat by Texas A&M. Pepperdine remains at No. 9 after beating St. Mary’s and Pacific over the weekend.
Texas A&M made a nice jump from No. 25 to No. 18 after picking up a road win at South Carolina and TCU should move up roughly 8 spots from No. 35 to No. 27 after picking up two ranked wins last week over Kansas and Louisiana Tech.
Each of the projected top 18 teams had all eight countable wins over ranked opponents. Schools that have an * beside the school name have less than eight ranked wins so I had to do some guesswork on where the unranked wins fall in the rankings.
* indicates at least one win over an opponent ranked outside the top 75
Rankings Chart That Excludes All Losses
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