Week 1 Power Rankings Sooners & Cardinal top rankings after Week 1

With the large variation in scores across regions, these rankings aim to provide a fluid assessment of rank based on performance and current momentum.

1. Oklahoma Sooners

At the moment, the Sooners are the Simone Biles of NCAA men's gymnastics. After one week they lead the country in every event except for one, high bar. As long as they continue to stay healthy it's hard to imagine anyone else taking this spot.

Next competition: @Nebraska on Jan. 21st

2. Stanford Cardinal

Stanford comes in at second this week and I think they're an even better team than they showed this past weekend. They have the components of a great team: a superstar athlete (Akash Modi) with plenty of talented depth to back him up. They will need to improve on pommel horse and still rings in order to apply any sort of pressure to Oklahoma.

Next competition: Home (Stanford Open) vs. California & Washington on Jan. 21st

3. Illinois Fighting Illini

One of the more surprisingly impressive season debuts was turned in by the Illini. Much of the reason they come in at three this week is due to their performance on difference-making events like high bar (1st NCAA) and parallel bars (4th NCAA). Another positive for Illinois: there is nowhere to go but up on their traditionally bread-and-butter event, pommel horse (9th NCAA).

Next competition: @Arizona State on Jan. 21st

4. Penn State Nittany Lions

What the Nittany Lions proved this weekend is that they're not short of quality all-arounders. Having four guys who can compete on every event helps alleviate potential wear and tear throughout a season and gives more flexibility with lineup. I expect this team to stick in the 3-6 range for most of the season.

Next competition: Home vs. Army on Jan. 21st

5. Nebraska Cornhuskers

The first Huskers competition seemed to live up to expectations exactly: plenty of talent and a weakness on high bar. At 65.75 the rotation wasn't disastrous, but it wasn't a good sign for a team that has ranked 12th on the event in both 2015 and '16. If they can improve on pipe they could move up in these rankings.

Next competition: Home vs. Oklahoma on Jan. 21st

6. Ohio State Buckeyes

No Sean Melton and just one event from Alec Yoder puts the Buckeyes at six after week one. Both would immensely improve an event that gave them fits at Windy City: high bar (64.3). A healthy four-headed monster of Melton/Martin/Yoder/Burke would shoot the Buckeyes straight into the 2-3 range.

Next competition: Home vs. UIC on Jan. 20th

7. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Following a very rough Windy City, there really isn't anywhere to go but up for the Golden Gophers. There is no question they are better than the 58.15 they scored on pommel horse. Any improvement on that event will have them up a few spots in the real rankings and these rankings as well. A bright spot from the competition was five scores of 14+ on vault.

Next competition: Home vs. Air Force on Jan. 21st

8. Air Force Falcons

It hasn't been talked about much because of Allan Bower, but Tim Wang was very impressive this week (AA - 85.55). He could singlehandedly give this team a chance of cracking the top-six at NCAAs this year. They certainly have other pieces, but this team will go as far as Wang takes them.

Next competition: @Minnesota on Jan. 21st

9. California Golden Bears

For as much as Cal lost, their first competition went well. It looks like they'll be able to get the job done on floor and vault but their overall ceiling on the swing events looks to be low. Yordan Aleksandrov and Aaron Mah staying in the 80+ range in the all-around will keep this team competitive.

Next competition: @Stanford Open vs. Stanford & Washington on Jan. 21st

10. Michigan Wolverines

Placing third at Windy City while getting just two events from Dmitri Belanovski and one from Anthony McCallum can be considered a big positive for the Wolverines. A bad parallel bars rotation is the only thing keeping Michigan from moving a spot or two. Not a bad start for such a young team that isn't fully healthy.

Next competition: @Oklahoma on Jan. 28th

11. Iowa Hawkeyes

Similar to Minnesota, things wouldn't look quite as bleak for Iowa if pommel horse hadn't bitten so hard at Windy City. Regardless, it isn't a good sign for a team with plenty of turnover from last year. Look for big players like Dylan Ellsworth and Nicholas Merryman to improve on subpar performances.

Next competition: Home vs. UIC on Jan. 22nd

12. Army Black Knights

Army-Navy round one goes to the Black Knights. Nathan Goff led the way this week breaking 80 in the all-around with an 80.25. An area of needed improvement for this team will be on floor where they posted just a 65.25 (15th NCAA).

Next competition: @Penn State on Jan. 21st

13. Arizona State Sun Devils

The first club team making an appearance in these power rankings are the Sun Devils from Arizona State. The team made a big statement taking down Navy and Springfield. They were even able to respectably keep pace with Penn State and Nebraska outside of pommel horse and still rings. We need to start talking about how we can reinstate Arizona State as an NCAA-level program.

Next competition: Home vs. Illinois on Jan. 21st

14. Navy Midshipmen

An 80.3 all-around score from Jonathan Tang was the highlight of the weekend for the Midshipmen. The big area for possible improvement will be parallel bars where the team was forced to count a pair of 11's. With a better performance on that event, Navy easily could have found themselves with a third place finish at the West Point Open.

Next competition: Home (Navy Open) vs. Springfield, William & Mary and Temple on Jan. 21st

15. Springfield Pride

Springfield cracked the 390 mark at the West Point open with a 390.55. It seems that most of the routines will come from their three all-arounders (Joshua Dieker, Stephen Lewis and Chris Graff) from this past weekend. The lowest hanging fruit for the Pride will be high bar where they only managed a 62.05.

Next competition: @Navy Open vs. Navy, William & Mary and Temple on Jan. 21st

16. William & Mary Tribe

Down weekends from all-arounders Aria Sabbagh and David Allen made for a tough weekend for the Tribe (382.6). It looks like they have something good in the legs of freshman Tomas Palma, however, as he was the top scorer on floor and vault.

Next competition: @Navy Open vs. Navy, Springfield and Temple on Jan. 21st

17. Temple Owls

The second club team featured on this list, Temple, finished sixth at the West Point Open with a 372.25. Casey Polizzotto led the team as an all-arounder with a 75.4 and had a top-15 finish on vault with a 13.9.

Next competition: @Navy Open vs. Navy, Springfield and William & Mary on Jan. 21st

18. UIC Flames

It was the first collegiate competition for many of the Flames this weekend as they finished sixth at Windy City. Senior Chris Root led the way with four scores of 12+ (PH, SR, VT, PB). To move up, the Flames will need to show major improvement on both parallel bars (54.5) and vault (58.6).

Next competition: @Ohio State on Jan. 20th

19. Washington Huskies

Next competition: @Stanford Open vs. Stanford and California on Jan. 21st

20. SC United

Next competition: Home (SC United Open) vs. Arizona State, California and Temple on Jan. 28th

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