SBI College Soccer Top 25 (Nov. 14th Edition)

Men's Soccer - Amadou Dia

By IVES GALARCEP

The Final SBI College Soccer Top 25 of the regular season features two teams who started the season near the top, and look poised to make runs at an NCAA title.

Notre Dame has climbed to the top of the heap after a strong run through the ACC regular season, and now the Fighting Irish head toward the semifinals looking like a good bet to challenge Maryland for the ACC title.

UCLA may wind up losing out on the Pac-12 title to Washington, but after recently beating both Washington and California, the Bruins have moved into the No. 2 spot, just one spot off the No. 1 ranking they started the season with.

California has seen their dream season collapse a bit late, with three losses in four matches to go from No. 1 to threatening to fall out of the Top 10. The Golden Bears dropped an overtime decision to arch-rival Stanford on Wednesday night to slide out of the top five after recent losses to Washington and UCLA.

The West Coast is well-represented, with UCSB and UC-Irvine making big moves in the latest ranking. One team that might surprise some with its inclusion, but is absolutely a worth ranked team, is Delaware. The Blue Hens own some impressive victory this season, and they are a good bet to book their place in the NCAA Tournament.

Here is how the final SBI College Soccer Top 25 of the regular season shakes out:

SBI COLLEGE SOCCER TOP 25

1- NOTRE DAME (12-1-5)

2- UCLA (10-3-4)

3- WASHINGTON (13-1-4)

4- AKRON (14-3-1)

5- MARYLAND (11-3-5)

6- GEORGETOWN (13-4-1)

7- UCONN (10-2-5)

8- CALIFORNIA (12-4-2)

9- NEW MEXICO (11-4-2)

10- VIRGINIA (10-4-4)

11- UCSB (12-4-3)

12- ILLINOIS- CHICAGO (15-3)

13- WAKE FOREST (9-5-5)

14- MILWAUKEE (13-2-2)

15- UC-IRVINE (12-4-3)

16- MICHIGAN STATE (11-4-3)

17- PENN STATE (11-5-1)

18- LOUISVILLE (11-4-3)

19- NORTHWESTERN (10-5-3)

20- COASTAL CAROLINA (15-4)

21- WISCONSIN (13-4-2)

22- DELAWARE (14-4)

23- CHARLOTTE (10-5-3)

24- UMBC (13-1-2)

25- WILLIAM & MARY (10-4-2)

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HONORABLE MENTION

George Mason (10-2-4), Saint Louis (12-4-2), Clemson (11-6-2), UAB (12-5-1), Marquette (10-5-2), Elon (13-4-2), Cal-State Northridge (14-5-1), Dayton (14-2-2), Furman (11-4-2), Providence (11-4-2), Central Florida (8-4-5), North Carolina (8-5-5), Old Dominion (10-5-1), VCU (10-6-2), Navy (13-3-2)

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What do you think of this week’s rankings? Who do you see being ranked too highly?  Who do you feel isn’t getting enough respect?

Share your thoughts below.

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16 Responses to SBI College Soccer Top 25 (Nov. 14th Edition)

  1. Quit whining about soccer in the US says:

    No respect for Washington.

    I went to the WA-CA game. IF Cal is a legit 8th best team and Washington is quite a bit better than them……

    • Brian says:

      Really? 3rd overall is “no respect?” Who should drop to move them up? The #1 team Notre Dame, or the team that beat them head to head UCLA?

    • fred says:

      UW plays ugly soccer. it’s effective but it’s not really helping develop players for the pro game.

      if you took away all the goals they have scored off crazy 50 yard flip throw-ins, where would they be?

      • Tim says:

        Those “crazy” flip throw-in goals were goals. Why would you take these away? In fact, it makes one wonder why we don’t see more of this. Anyway, third place is good…bring on the play-offs. Go UW!

  2. Christian says:

    Hey Ives,

    What do you think about Denver being an Honorable Mention? I know they play in a weak Summit League, but they did finish the regular season 11-3-3 overall and 6-0-0 in Summit League.

  3. DC Josh says:

    Here’s hoping UMD and ND both win to setup an epic ACC Finals showdown on Sunday. Anyone in the DC area should be there.

  4. I am possibly biased being from Delaware, but definitely agree that it is time for them to be in the Top 25. They have had a great season and having watched them play several times they are sound fundamentally, play great possession soccer and have some special talents that can change games. Looking forward to see how they do in the CAA tourney this weekend.

  5. Joe says:

    Lol. No Marquette or Creighton? Nevermind those teams in the midwest, they don’t really count I suppose.

    • Joe says:

      I see that Marquette got honorable mention, whatever that is supposed to mean. They should be a top 25 team and so should Creighton.

      • Ives Galarcep says:

        Joe, Creighton has had a pretty mediocre year and will be lucky to get into the NCAA Tournament this year. Marquette is a good team, but they fall just short of the Top 25 for my money.

  6. Calvin says:

    If anyone’s being disrespected here, it’s Cal at No. 8 behind two teams they beat, Maryland and Georgetown. Not to mention Cal beat current No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 Washington earlier this year, even though they lost to them more recently. You need to look at teams’ entire bodies of work over the season, not just how teams have fared in the past couple weeks.

    • fred says:

      cal is finishing the season on a whimper. they looked useless against stanford and only luckily sent it to overtime via a cheap handball pk… otherwise it was aimless hoofballs all game long from them. admittedly they were missing injured star birnbaum but if he’s out for the ncaa tournament then they are in big trouble.

    • Tisha says:

      UW tied Cal down in Berkley earlier this season.

  7. Ron says:

    ZOT! ZOT! ZOT!

    Ives is finally showing some love to my alma mater. I was fortunate enough to have a lot of this year’s team in the courses I taught. Great bunch of guys to have in the classroom.

  8. Vic says:

    Big East final will be on FS 2 Sunday at 12:30pm. CBSN will also have a different college soccer game on at the same time. Also ESPN 3 will be showing many games tonight and on Sunday.