College Soccer Pre-Season Rankings Released for D1, D2, D3 Programs

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BennettRank debuts pre-season rankings for all 1,820 D1, D2, and D3 men's and women's soccer programs.

The nation’s most comprehensive college soccer ranking service, BennettRank, announces the immediate release of rankings for the upcoming 2013 season. Pre-season rankings for all 1,820 D1, D2, and D3 men’s and women’s college soccer teams are available at: http://www.BennettRank.com/.

Designed to provide the highest Performance-based Prediction™ for head to head play, BennettRank is 100% computer model-driven and derived from the analysis of over 32,000 games played during the 2012 season.

Delivering a revolutionary improvement over traditional rankings, BennettRank’s proprietary algorithms weigh each team’s historical performance directly related to all other teams in their individual divisions and conferences.

The rankings are modeled to be the best predictor of who would win if two teams played today. During the season, visit BennettRank each week as rankings will be updated and posted each Monday morning throughout the season.

“We have no biases, quotas, or constituencies," says Gregg Bennett, CEO of BennettRank, "and we go where the data takes us. Many other ranking systems rely on subjective inputs. Unlike others, we are immune from the inherent biases of the existing subjective polls by coaches and writers. They can’t possibly see all games and thus are influenced by what they read and hear, not necessarily by what teams actually do on the field.”

An analytic approach to rankings means that BennettRank can update the rankings of all teams every week. Bennett believes this is a superior way to assess seasonal performance. “Every team will now know where they stand vis a vis others nationally, in their conference, and in their region, whether they are ranked in the top 25 of the major polls or not.”

For preseason rankings of each and all 1,820 D1, D2, and D3 soccer programs visit http://www.BennettRank.com/.

Pre-season highlights:

Division 1

In D1, North Carolina takes the #1 preseason rank for women and #2 for men. The top 20 teams in both men’s and women’s divisions are dominated by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), only made stronger with this year’s addition of Notre Dame. In the women’s division, nine of the ACC’s 14 teams are ranked in the top 20.

    D1 Women

1 North Carolina
2 Florida State
3 Virginia    
4 Duke
5 Florida    
6 Stanford
7 UCLA
8 Penn State
9 Texas A&M
10 Wake Forest
11 Boston College
12 Virginia Tech
13 Maryland
14 Baylor
15 Tennessee
16 Auburn
17 Marquette
18 Miami (FL)    
19 Missouri
20 BYU

    D1 Men

1 Maryland
2 North Carolina
3 Wake Forest
4 Duke
5 UCLA
6 Notre Dame
7 Akron
8 Indiana
9 Tulsa
10 Connecticut
11 Virginia
12 Louisville
13 Marquette
14 Washington
15 UAB
16 Clemson
17 St. John's
18 SMU
19 Georgetown
20 Brown

Division 2

In D2, Armstrong Atlantic State is picked to win the women’s division after finishing #2 last year. North Georgia, #2, and Columbus State, #4, give the Peach Belt Conference a strong showing on the women’s side. For the men’s division, West Texas A&M is picked as the #1. LIU Post, last year’s #1 ranked team, is pre-season ranked at #4.

    D2 Women

1 Armstrong Atlantic St.    
2 North Georgia
3 UC San Diego    
4 Columbus State
5 West Florida
6 Grand Valley State
7 Rollins            
8 Cal State Stanislaus
9 California (PA)
10 Lander    
11 Saint Rose    
12 Colorado Mines    
13 Lenoir-Rhyne
14 Minnesota St.-Mankato
15 University of Tampa
16 Sonoma State    
17 Western Washington
18 Kutztown
19 St. Edward's
20 Seattle Pacific

    D2 Men

1 Texas A&M
2 Midwestern State
3 Eastern New Mexico
4 LIU Post
5 Rollins
6 Lynn
7 Regis
8 Montevallo
9 Saginaw Valley
10 Colorado Mines
11 Southern New Hampshire
12 Flagler
13 Rockhurst
14 West Florida
15 Lander
16 University of Tampa
17 Fresno Pacific
18 Lincoln Memorial
19 Mercyhurst
20 Cedarville

Division 3

In the D3 Divisions, the Washington (Mo.) women are picked #1 after finishing #7 last season. For the men, the University of Rochester collects the #1 pre-season ranking.

    D3 Women

1 Washington (Mo.)
2 Emory
3 University of Chicago
4 Carnegie Mellon
5 Messiah
6 Wheaton (Ill.)
7 Lynchburg
8 Virginia Wesleyan
9 Hardin-Simmons
10 Trinity (Texas)
11 Amherst
12 Rowan
13 Illinois Wesleyan    
14 College of New Jersey
15 Augustana (Ill.)
16 Loras    
17 William Smith
18 Montclair State
19 Misericordia
20 Johns Hopkins

    D3 Men

1 University of Rochester
2 Amherst
3 Carnegie Mellon
4 Williams
5 Messiah
6 Loras
7 Rutgers-Camden
8 Brandeis
9 University of Chicago
10 Washington (Mo.)
11 Montclair State
12 Emory
13 Wesleyan (Conn.)
14 Wheaton (Ill.)
15 Tufts
16 St. Lawrence
17 North Park
18 Babson
19 Trinity (Texas)
20 Ohio Northern

Soccer fans and coaches interested in learning more about BennettRank can visit http://www.BennettRank.com/. Team and conference rankings for all D1, D2, and D3 men’s and women’s soccer teams can be found at that location.

About BennettRank: The most comprehensive college soccer ranking service in the country, BennettRank releases rankings every Monday during the 17-week soccer season for all D1, D2, and D3 men’s and women’s college soccer teams. BennettRank will also begin ranking college basketball teams in late 2013.

Contact:
Gregg Bennett, CEO
BennettRank, Inc.

Twitter: @BennettRankSoc
Email: editor(at)bennettrank(dot)com
Ph: (425) 628-5333
http://www.BennettRank.com

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