#NCAAMGym Week 8 Power Rankings All of the B1G inside the top-nine

With the large variation in scores across regions, these rankings aim to provide a fluid assessment of rank based on performance and current momentum. The + or - next to a team's name represents how much they moved up (+) or down (-) since last week's power rankings.

1. Oklahoma Sooners (-)

It was closer than they would've liked, but Mark Williams & company left Palo Alto with a W. They'll now head home for two-straight weekends to battle a pair of top-four opponents (Ohio State & Illinois). It'll be interesting to see how Williams puts together his lineup in terms of resting Moldauer, Bower, etc. before the postseason push.

Next competition: Home vs. Ohio State on March 11th

2. Stanford Cardinal (-)

You've got to imagine confidence is high for the Cardinal following their narrow loss to the Sooners. Modi and Neff are hitting six events and other role players are doing their jobs. They've proven they can run with OU, now they will wait a few weeks to see them again at MPSF Championships.

Next competition: @Michigan vs. Michigan and Illinois on March 11th

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (-)

Things are still looking just fine for OSU. They didn't have their best meet against Minnesota, but there seems to be plenty of key routines that have yet to be put in. For them to keep up with OU this weekend they're going to need Melton, Martin and Yoder at their best and doing 5+ events.

Next competition: @Oklahoma on March 11th

4. Illinois Fighting Illini (-)

Illinois retains their number four spot, but it's no longer a done deal that they remain here. As they learned last weekend, all it takes is one or two events to sour things in a five-up/five-count format. We'll learn a lot about this team soon as they square off against Stanford and Oklahoma in consecutive weeks.

Next competition: @Michigan vs. Michigan and Stanford on March 11th

5. Minnesota Golden Gophers (+1)

The Gophers proved this weekend that they will absolutely be a contender to win the B1G. Getting Zach Liebler back into FX lineup would go a long way in making that even more of a possibility.

Next competition: Home vs. Iowa and Arizona State on March 11th

6. Nebraska Cornhuskers (+1)

It was a statement win for the Huskers last weekend over two solid B1G opponents. Nebraska seems more balanced than they've been in past years -- a big reason as to why they've seen successful this year.

Next competition: @Iowa on March 20th

7. Penn State Nittany Lions (-2)

There's no reason for Penn State to panic, they're just caught in the middle of a very deep B1G field. One bad event (HB) changed the course of their meet last weekend, something they will look to work on with their weekend off.

Next competition: Home vs. Michigan on March 18th

8. Iowa Hawkeyes (+1)

I'm very impressed with the progress the Hawkeyes have shown since the first week. They've had some serious swings from week-to-week but have proven that when they're at their best, they can compete with the best. If an Iowa team like last weekend shows up, they could finish top-three as a team at B1G's.

Next competition: @Minnesota vs. Minnesota and Arizona State on March 11th

9. Michigan Wolverines (-1)

Michigan is not a bad team at all but they're the last from the B1G included on this list. That should tell you how strong and tightly contested the conference is this year. They would benefit from a little more firepower on SR and HB.

Next competition: Home vs. Stanford and Illinois on March 11th

10. Air Force Falcons (-)

The Air Force Tim Wang's -- wait -- Falcons, took care of business beating Cal for the first time ever over the weekend. Big improvement was shown on FX this weekend, which was a weakness at the beginning of the year.

Next competition: @Navy vs. Navy and William & Mary on March 10th

11. California Golden Bears (+1)

Cal showed more life against Air Force even though they couldn't come away with a win. They've got talented swingers on PB & HB, but still, pommel horse continues to be the problem.

Next competition: @Washington on March 11th

12. Navy Midshipmen (-1)

A double-meet weekend for the Midshipmen brought a mixed bag of results. On Friday they lost to W&M for the first time in three meets against them this year. On Sunday they looked much better beating up on Army and Springfield. This is a young, talented team that just needs to find some consistency.

Next competition: Home vs. William & Mary and Air Force on March 10th

13. William & Mary Tribe (-)

The Tribe inches closer to overtaking conference-rival Navy in these rankings after taking them down last Friday. If they can shore up the front-end of their PH lineup they will have a good shot at their first ECAC team title since 2014.

Next competition: @Navy vs. Navy and Air Force on March 10th

14. Army Black Knights (+1)

PH and VT salvaged things for the Black Knights last weekend. Things didn't go so well on the other four, however. Army has as good of a chance as anybody to win ECAC's -- but it will come down to which Army team shows up that day as consistency is still an issue.

Next competition: @Springfield on March 12th

15. Arizona State Sun Devils (-1)

After starting the season hot, the Sun Devils have cooled off. Saturday marked the second time in the last three meets that they've scored under a 388. The main culprit has been HB where they're averaging a 59.23 the last three times out.

Next competition: @Minnesota vs. Minnesota and Iowa on March 11th

16. Springfield Pride (-)

Springfield has the ability to reach 390, they just haven't shown it the past two weekends. It looked as if they had a breakthrough on HB a few weeks ago scoring a 64.15 but they struggled on Sunday with a 58.8. That event is the lowest hanging fruit for the Pride.

Next competition: Home vs. Army on March 12th

17. UIC Flames (+1)

It was a good day at the Midwest Open for UIC who came within striking distance of a 390. The key factor was avoiding a trouble event, which they will hope to continue doing in the future.

Next competition: Home vs. Air Force on March 12th

18. Washington Huskies (-1)

The Huskies did not compete but moved down one spot in the rankings.

Next competition: Home vs. California on March 11th

19. Temple Owls (-)

The Owls did not compete and did not move in the rankings.

Next competition: @William & Mary vs. William & Mary and Army on March 18th

20. SC United (-)

SC United finished third at the Cal Benefit Cup with a 289.95.

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