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#NCAAMGym Week 6 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 (-)

Coming off a rock bottom performance by OU standards, it’s astonishing to think they’re still far and away the favorite to bring home a fifth straight national title in April. That is how good the Sooners are, and have been, for four plus years. As most teams are at home getting rest, Oklahoma has seven current team members competing this weekend at Winter Cup.   Don’t be surprised if these guys put up another 410+ on their week off. — Ben Cooperman

2. Stanford Cardinal (-)

Stanford flirted with 420 on their way to defeating Cal last weekend. Sound familiar? Hope so — it was the Cardinal’s third dual meet with Cal this season, and by now this recurring story has taken on the feel of a chalkier “Russian Doll.” I think it’s fair to say everyone is eager for Stanford’s meet against Illinois and Minnesota on March 2. But we’ll have to endure one more Stanford-Cal matchup before then. — Alex Wittenberg

3. Michigan Wolverines (-)

With just three meets under their belt (and having not competed last weekend), I’m still not completely sold on Michigan. It’s no fault of their own, I just want to see a larger sample size of success. Luckily, we’ll get a great sample coming out of the Winter Cup break as the Wolverines travel to Norman in what could be one of the best regular season meets of the year. — Logan Bradley

4. Minnesota Golden Gophers (-)

Shane Wiskus was out resting and only did four events this past weekend, winning three of those. We all know he is good, but it is becoming more and more apparent he could soon be the best gymnast in the NCAA. Minnesota has been remarkably consistent behind their leader this season, dipping below the 400 mark just once. — Ben Cooperman

5. Illinois Fighting Illini (+1)

Illinois didn’t compete last weekend and won’t again until March 2, when they face Minnesota and Stanford at home. — Alex Wittenberg

6. Penn State Nittany Lions (-1)

It was essentially two events that send the Nittany Lions down one spot: parallel bars and high bar. I know that there were some technical difficulties with the high bar in Chicago last weekend, so I can give that a slight pass, but the PB performance was concerning. — Logan Bradley

7. Nebraska Cornhuskers (-)

Nebraska did not compete this weekend and will face off against Minnesota and UIC at home on February 23rd. — Ben Cooperman

8. Iowa Hawkeyes (-)

Iowa got within 10 points of the Sooners last weekend but struggled badly on horse. The Hawkeyes don’t have the requisite difficulty this season to contend with the top Big Ten teams, meaning they have to rely on high hit percentages and strong execution, both of which were lacking to some degree against OU. Iowa is off until March 2, when they face Nebraska at Carver-Hawkeye. — Alex Wittenberg

9. Navy Midshipmen (+1)

The Mids have finally done enough to crack the inside of our top-ten. A convincing 5+ point victory at the All-Academy Championship certainly helps, but they’ll need to keep proving themselves to stay in this spot. The difference between the teams ranked No. 8 through No. 11 in these rankings is razor-thin. — Logan Bradley

10. California Golden Bears (+1)

Pommel horse has long been known as the hardest event in gymnastics and Cal has been no stranger to that fact over the past few years. This past weekend that all seemed to change when the Golden Bears put up a 68.45, helping them achieve their season high team score of a 404.00.  Cal is looking great heading into Winter Cup weekend. — Ben Cooperman

11. Ohio State Buckeyes (-2)

Ohio State didn’t compete last weekend and won’t again until March 2, when they face Penn State in Columbus. — Alex Wittenberg

12. Army Black Knights (-)

Parallel bars is now looking like the official thorn in Army’s side. Currently sitting No. 15 on that event as a team, the Black Knights will now have a couple of weeks to figure out what is ailing them. Other than that event, this has looked like a much-improved team in 2019. — Logan Bradley

13. Air Force Falcons (-)

The Falcons have competed only three times this year and find themselves No. 13 in the RTN standings. They proved that they are a great team this past weekend at the All-Academy Championships, but unfortunately are not in a great place heading into the Winter Cup break. The battle for that twelfth qualification spot will be a dog fight this year, one that Air Force expects to win. — Ben Cooperman

14. Arizona State Sun Devils (-)

ASU had a tough day against the Gophers last weekend, putting up their lowest team score so far this season. They were without the full contribution of Kiwan Watts, who was resting for Winter Cup, but were nonetheless in poor form, having to count far too many misses. ASU next faces NorCal United, SC United and Washington at home on Feb. 23. — Alex Wittenberg

15. William & Mary Tribe (-)

There was no meet for William & Mary this week as the Tribe will look to improve upon their roughly 389.00 average over the previous two weeks. With not much else to be said, let’s bring attention yet again to Jacopo Gliozzi’s latest amazing accomplishment. — Logan Bradley

16. Springfield Pride (-)

The trip out to Chicago did not bode well for Springfield who regressed by roughly 15 points from their previous showing. This young team will have to shake off a tough outing and get back in stride at home against Temple and William & Mary on February 24. — Ben Cooperman

17. Washington Huskies (-)

Washington didn’t compete last weekend. They’ll be back in action on Feb. 23, when they face ASU, NorCal United and SC United. — Alex Wittenberg

18. UIC Flames (-)

UIC’s team score from last weekend is a bit deceiving strictly due to a disastrous pommel horse rotation. Other than that, they actually competed quite well, setting season-high team scores on a pair of events (FX and PB). — Logan Bradley

2019 CGA Preseason Coaches Poll

The College Gymnastics Association has released its 2019 CGA Preseason Coaches Poll. They are based off of each (20) schools receiving a single vote.

To nobody’s surprise, the Oklahoma Sooners (419 points) top the poll having received 19 of the 20 possible votes. As they go for their fifth-consecutive NCAA title, they will do so while returning the best gymnast in the nation, Yul Moldauer. Moldauer returns to Norman for his senior year having already won seven individual NCAA titles. Coming in at No. 2 is the Stanford Cardinal (390 points) with a single first place vote. Stanford returns a few key seniors (including Grant Breckenridge) but it’s their impressive freshman class that could separate them from other teams. At No. 3 is the Illinois Fighting Illini (366 points). Justin Spring’s squad will hope to use the momentum of a B1G team title to propel them on to a successful 2019 season. They will be dealing with the departure of a few key gymnasts including, but not limited to, Bobby Baker, Chandler Eggleston and Brandon Ngai. The No. 4 spot belongs to the Minnesota Golden Gophers (353 points). Similar to the Illini, the Gophers will be dealing with a massive exodus of important talent. Their momentum will come in the form of a runner-up finish at the 2018 NCAA Championships. Rounding out the top-five we have the Michigan Wolverines (324 points). This young team is now a year older and will return a pair of key gymnasts, Cameron Bock and Jacob Moore, who are now sophomores.

Moving down the line to No. 6 is the Ohio State Buckeyes (323 points). No doubt, the face of this team is Alec Yoder who will return for his final season in a OSU uniform. Sorely missed will be his former partner-in-crime, Sean Melton. Following Ohio State at No. 7 is the Nebraska Cornhuskers (313 points). The losses of gymnasts like Kyle King and Christopher Stephenson will be felt, though the latter’s brother, Anton Stephenson, is still there to help the Huskers. Lincoln will be home to an intriguing group of newcomers as well. The eight spot belongs to the Penn State Nittany Lions (301 points). Fortunately for PSU, they will be returning a vast majority of their team, including two-time pommel horse national champion Stephen Nedoroscik and All-American Sam Zakutney. No. 9 is JD Reive’s Iowa Hawkeyes (267 points). Reive’s squad is fairly young and will feature a pair of talented sophomores in Bennet Huang and and Addison Chung. Claiming the final spot in the top-ten is the defending ECAC champion Navy Midshipmen (225 points). The Mids will feature just three seniors in 2019 to go along with their top freshman, Josh Williams.

The remaining ten teams go as follows:

11. California (217 points)
12. Air Force (208 points)
13. William & Mary (171 points)
14. Arizona State (158 points)
15. Army (153 points)
16. Springfield College (117 points)
17. Washington (100 points)
18. UIC (91 points)
19. Temple (57 points)

20. SC United (47 points)

“After a lengthy preseason of preparation, the 2019 NCAA season is rapidly approaching,” said CGA President and Minnesota head coach, Mike Burns. “After one of the most well-attended and closely contested NCAA Championships held at UIC last April, these teams will soon be doing battle again in the very near future. The release of the CGA Preseason Coaches Poll is the green light letting the thousands of fans of college gymnastics know that it’s time to get ready to witness some outstanding athletes performing some outstanding skills in what will prove to be some epic contests between powerhouse programs. It’s going to be another exciting season of NCAA Men’s Gymnastics and you won’t want to miss any of it!”

The majority of teams’ seasons will get underway the weekend of January 11 (with meets like the West Point Open and Rocky Mountain Open). The conclusion of the 2019 campaign will come at the NCAA Championships in Champaign, IL on April 19-20.

Make sure to follow all of the action this season on the CGA’s social accounts: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.