#NCAAMGym Week 10 Power Rankings

Every week we’ll release a “Power Rankings,” aiming to provide a fluid picture of how each team across the NCAA is doing at the moment. The idea is to try not to focus too much on scores and look more at the current state of the team. The (+) or (-) next to each team’s name relates to how far they rose or fell from last week’s rankings.

This year’s power rankings are an average based off of the individual rankings of five individuals:

  • Logan Bradley (former Illinois gymnast)
  • Ben Cooperman (former Penn State gymnast)
  • Alex Wittenberg (former Minnesota gymnast)
  • Andrew Misiolek (former Stanford gymnast)
  • Jessica Frankl (CGA gymnastics expert/photographer)

To see a list of each individual’s rankings, scroll all the way to the bottom of this page.

1. Oklahoma Sooners (-)

The Sooners wrapped up their 2019 home slate this past weekend and honored their seniors who competed for the final time in McCasland Field House. What made the send-off out of the ordinary was that this class has never lost a meet in their careers as Sooners. The Oklahoma seniors will wrap up their season trying to finish what they started. The only thing standing in the way: a hungry Stanford team and a powerful Big Ten Conference. While they are far and away the favorites, OU is going to have to bring their A game to keep the streak alive into 2020. — Ben Cooperman

2. Illinois Fighting Illini (+2)

Coming off an upset win over Stanford, Illinois again impressed against OU in Norman. Although they were beat by 10 points, the Illini looked as solid as they did at home the week before. That provided a glimpse into the Illini’s postseason potential — where other teams have stumbled against big opponents, Illinois has remained composed. They’ll be tested again this weekend during a Big Ten battle against Michigan and Penn State. They’re the favorite, but as we’ve seen this season, it’s anyone’s game. — Alex Wittenberg

3. Stanford Cardinal (-1)

For the first time all season, Stanford has relinquished their No. 2 position in the power rankings. They don’t fall far — just one spot — but I remain eager to see them at NCAA Championships. Interestingly enough, the Cardinal ranks No. 1 on more events than any team in the country: floor exercise, still rings, parallel bars and high bar. — Logan Bradley

4. Michigan Wolverines (-1)

The Wolverines’ loss this past weekend to the Hawkeyes said more about Iowa’s persistence than it did Michigan’s ability. While this defeat certainly does not help them in their pursuit of a regular season championship, they are still one of the best teams in the country. Michigan will face a big test this weekend as they head to Pennsylvania to take on Penn State and Illinois. — Ben Cooperman

5. Minnesota Golden Gophers (+1)

Minnesota had a big last-minute victory over Ohio State last weekend — a much-needed show of strength for the Gophers, who have had ups and downs this season. Minnesota is one of the teams who’s been hard to place in the rankings, but what’s been evident is that when Shane Wiskus is on, his team is noticeably more formidable. The Gophers are home this weekend against Air Force. That meet won’t tell us much, but we will gain some insight into the status of Minnesota’s rivals. — Alex Wittenberg

6. Penn State Nittany Lions (-1)

Penn State has been somewhat inconsistent this season. From a 395 to a 410 to a 402 within one month — they can be hard to peg. One thing that isn’t hard to notice is their No. 1 ranking on PH. If you want to key in on teams that attain postseason success, it’s those that can hit on the hardest (maybe I’m biased) event. — Logan Bradley

7. Iowa Hawkeyes (+2)

After spending the entire season being looked down upon, Iowa made a huge statement taking out a strong Michigan team in the biggest upset of the year. In hindsight, should we really have been that surprised? The Hawkeyes have been arguably the most consistent team in the Big Ten this year and feature a standout all-arounder in Bennet Huang. In a season where it seems anyone has a shot to lift the Big Ten trophy in April, why can’t it be them? — Ben Cooperman

8. Nebraska Cornhuskers (-1)

Nebraska came away from last weekend’s Big Ten matchup against Minnesota and Ohio State in last place, dropping to a 1-4 record in the Big Ten. Anton Stephenson continued to shine, but meager performances on pommels and p-bars put the Huskers out of contention. Nebraska has this weekend off. — Alex Wittenberg

9. Ohio State Buckeyes (-1)

You can see Ohio State’s confidence building. Their average over the last two competitions (409.35) has been vastly different than that of their first three (398.9). Now, it will remain to be seen as to whether it’s been a matter of competing in the comforts of their own home, or if this young team really has turned a legitimate corner. See how nicely I set up their road date with a surging Iowa team this weekend? — Logan Bradley

10. California Golden Bears (-)

The Bears took a trip up north to take on a surging Washington team and were able to earn a season high 405.50. The Darren WongAaron Mah duo has arguably the biggest impact of any two guys on a single team outside of maybe Army’s tandem of Cole Casanova and Matt Davis. The Bears will have the week off as they rest in preparation to host Oklahoma and UIC on March 23r. — Ben Cooperman

11. Navy Midshipmen (-)

Navy placed second in a five-way meet at Arizona State last weekend. Their 390.2, though, made for Navy’s second consecutive weekend with disappointing results — after peaking at 408.5 in early February, Navy hasn’t hit above 400 again. The Midshipmen are home against OU this weekend. They won’t be aiming to win, but they can use the meet to get themselves back above that 400 mark. — Alex Wittenberg

12. Army Black Knights (-)

It’s becoming crunch-time for the Black Knights. Sitting right on the bubble of an NCAA Championship berth as a team, Army stepped up with a 395 at home against Springfield. As we’ve mentioned numerous times, much of their success at this point is going to fall onto the shoulders of Cole Casanova and Matt Davis. Davis, a rookie, has no doubt been the ECAC’s top freshman in 2019 as well as one of the best in the country, regardless of conference. — Logan Bradley

13. Air Force Falcons (-)

The Falcons’ weekend was a mixed bag, scoring a 392.50 at Stanford and a 377.25 at Arizona State. Regardless of this past weekend’s outcomes, Air Force will have to come out swinging in their final competitions of the year to earn a coveted spot at NCAA Championships. — Ben Cooperman

14. Arizona State Sun Devils (+1)

Arizona State placed third in their five-way meet at home last weekend, but their story is similar to Navy’s — they’re not scoring as well as they were earlier in the season. ASU needs to focus on getting back above 390. They’ll have to wait until the big show, though — they’re off until USAG Nationals on March 29. — Alex Wittenberg

15. William & Mary Tribe (-1)

Though it was a win, WK10 represented a large step back for William & Mary after three-straight weeks of 391+ gymnastics. They’re primed for a bounce-back this weekend with a golden opportunity at home against ECAC foes Springfield, Army and Temple. — Logan Bradley

16. Washington Huskies (+1)

After posting a season high 393.30, Washington jumps a spot moving to No. 16. They will take a week off before facing Air Force on March 23, as they look to build on their success. —Ben Cooperman

17. Springfield Pride (-1)

Springfield didn’t give Army too much trouble last weekend, falling to the Black Knights 395.35-373.3 in West Point. As is the story for a few other teams, Springfield hasn’t been able to keep up with the success they showed earlier this season, when they were above 380. They have another chance to get back in that range this weekend — they’re squaring off against Army, Temple and William & Mary in Williamsburg on Saturday. — Alex Wittenberg

18. UIC Flames (-)

The Flames took a big step forward this week, just barely missing out on their first 370 of the season. Probably the biggest difference-maker in their success? Pommel horse. UIC put together their first score (61.7) of 58+ this season. Keep that up and they just might find themselves in the low-370’s. — Logan Bradley

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