Since starting Power Rankings last season, I don't think there's been a single week that was tougher to rank than this. Multiple teams have legitimate cases as being No. 1 and there are plenty of other spots that could be decided by a coin flip. Regardless, the show must go on...
1. Nebraska Cornhuskers (-)
The Huskers did not compete in week three and remain in the top spot. This weekend will go a long way in proving whether or not they'll remain in this spot.
Next Meet: @Oklahoma vs. OU & Stanford on February 3rd
2. Oklahoma Sooners (-)
We got our first taste of Oklahoma last weekend, and it right on par with what we expected. A 411.65 with Yul Moldauer competing just four events shows there's plenty of room for growth. The Sooners face a big task this weekend with Nebraska & Stanford coming into McCasland Field House -- a place they haven't lost in since 2007.
Next Meet: Home vs. Nebraska & Stanford on February 3rd
3. Illinois Fighting Illini (-)
Consistently building over the first three weeks, the Illini had to have been happy with their trip to Penn State. At the moment, this team ranks top-five on five events (all but pommel horse). The only other team that can claim that are the Cornhuskers.
Next Meet: @Iowa on February 3rd
4. Stanford Cardinal (+3)
Stanford rounds out the group of four teams with a legit case for being the top dog. Ironically, the Cardinal might have a greater argument than the three as they now boast the nation's top score of 414.1. See you in Norman.
Next Meet: @Oklahoma vs. OU & Nebraska on February 3rd
5. Ohio State Buckeyes (-1)
Ohio State did not compete in week three but moved down one spot.
Next Meet: @Michigan on February 3rd
6. Penn State Nittany Lions (-)
For the most part, Penn State held their own against a good Illinois team last weekend. Regardless of the 63.05, pommel horse is still one of this team's best events. For a team heavily reliant on underclassmen, there's a lot to be excited about.
Next Meet: @Ohio State on February 9th
7. Minnesota Golden Gophers (-2)
The presence of freshman Shane Wiskus has been huge for the Gophers so far this year. Not only is he contributing big numbers, but he takes some pressure off of other guys. Justin Karstadt who's been dealing with shoulder issues is expected back on PH & PB this weekend.
Next Meet: @Air Force on February 3rd
8. Michigan Wolverines (+2)
The Big Ten is GOOD this year. Take high bar out of the picture and Michigan was just three points behind Oklahoma over the other five events. It's important to note that the Wolverines did that all without All-American Emyre Cole.
Next Meet: Home vs. Ohio State on February 3rd
9. Navy Midshipmen (-)
Still yet to break into the 400's, Navy has found a sweet spot in the mid-390's. They've certainly cemented themselves as the front-runner for an ECAC title but could take it a step further with improvement on PB & SR where they rank just 12th nationally.
Next Meet: Home vs. Army on February 3rd
10. Iowa Hawkeyes (-2)
Not sure I've ever wrote the words "pommel horse is the saving grace of this team," but here it goes. Pommel horse is the saving grace for Iowa. Ranked third in the country on the event, it makes up ever so slightly for their misfortunes thus far on floor (16th - NCAA).
Next Meet: Home vs. Illinois on February 3rd
11. California Golden Bears (-)
Now we move to a team with very much the opposite problem of Iowa. Cal is still in the process of figuring out pommel horse (14th - NCAA) but showed some good things, improving their team score by five points.
Next Meet: @Stanford vs. Stanford, Washington and Arizona State on February 10th
12. Air Force falcons (+1)
Air Force improved their stock greatly last weekend with a pair of 394+ scores (including a 397.1). They're getting the job done consistently too -- 78% of their routines competed over the two meets scored 12.5+.
Next Meet: Home vs. Minnesota on February 3rd
13. Arizona State Sun Devils (-1)
Week three brought a new high score (392.6) for the Sun Devils. Kiwan Watts continues to roll and it should be fun to see how high he can climb in the all-around rankings. Arizona State is ranked either 10th or 13th nationally on every event.
Next Meet: @Stanford vs. Stanford, California and Washington on February 10th
14. Army Black Knights (+2)
Regardless of the loss, Army performed well last Friday against Air Force. Their 394.15 actually registers as their fourth-highest team total including all meets in 2017. Cole Casanova is looking better as he posted five scores of 12.8+.
Next Meet: @Navy on February 3rd
15. William & Mary Tribe (-1)
Despite sliding down one spot, William & Mary enjoyed their best meet of the young 2018 season last weekend. Freshman Cutter Fugett is starting his rookie season well; he's averaging a 12.7+ on three events.
Next Meet: @Springfield on February 4th
16. Springfield Pride (-1)
A new high score for Springfield and another week of good performances from their three top all-arounders (Lewis, Dieker, Graff). They've got a big one this weekend against ECAC rival William & Mary who they've been flip-flopping with in these rankings.
Next Meet: Home vs. William & Mary on February 4th
17. Washington Huskies (-)
An improvement on pommel horse helped, but high bar was still an issue this week for the Huskies. Benjamin Bloom grabbed Club Gymnast of the Week honors for his 74.5 in the all-around.
Next Meet: @Stanford vs. Stanford, California and Arizona State on February 10th
18. UIC Flames (-)
UIC did not compete in week three and did not move in the rankings.
Next Meet: @Nebraska on February 10th
19. Sc United (+1)
SC United hosted Arizona State and NorCal United last weekend bringing home a season-high 343.4. It looks like this team has a little more depth than years past.
Next Meet: @NorCal United vs. NorCal United and Arizona State on February 10th
20. Temple Owls (-1)
Temple's 242.05 at the Navy Open marked a season-best. The Owls will now be off for a couple weeks.
Next Meet: @Springfield vs. Springfield & UIC on February 18th