Every week I'll be releasing a "Power Rankings" which will aim to provide a fluid picture of how each team across the NCAA is doing at the moment. The + or - next to a team's name represents how much they moved up (+) or down (-) since the previous week's PR.
1. Nebraska Cornhuskers (+4)
How long they'll stay at No. 1? That remains to be seen. All we know at this point is they deserve to be in this spot. They beat the Buckeyes this weekend with an NCAA-best 411.75. The next time they take the floor will be an important one...
Next Meet: @Oklahoma vs. OU & Stanford on February 3rd
2. Oklahoma sooners (-1)
It seems like we're finally going to get our first look at the Sooners this weekend.
Next Meet: @Michigan on January 27th
3. Illinois Fighting Illini (-)
The Illini did just enough against Arizona State to hang onto the third spot. Good news is that some of their most important gymnasts are producing (Baker & Diab). A return from Chandler Eggleston would go a long way.
Next Meet: @Penn State on January 27th
4. Ohio State Buckeyes (-2)
The difference between the Buckeyes and Illinois seems to be razor thin at this point. Similar to Illinois, OSU's big dogs (Melton & Yoder) are getting it done. The front of the lineups looked weak, though they should be getting freshman Max Andryushchenko back after he missed last weekend with an illness.
Next Meet: @Michigan on February 3rd
5. Minnesota Golden Gophers (-1)
Minnesota did not compete in week two but moved down one spot in the rankings.
Next Meet: Home vs. Iowa on January 27th
6. Penn State Nittany Lions (-)
Randy Jepson has to be fairly pleased through two weeks. Somewhat new names have stepped up (Tamargo, Frack, Sands) in places where it seemed depth might be an issue. Even without Favian Valdez, the Nittany Lions are looking strong in the early-goings of 2018.
Next Meet: Home vs. Illinois on January 27th
7. Stanford Cardinal (-)
The Cardinal is firmly entrenched into the tightly-packed 3-7 range. Stanford did their job by going into Chicago and increasing their team score by over three points. Ryan Sheppard seems to have emerged as a serious AA threat. It'll be interesting to see whether or not pommel horse (7th - NCAA) continues to be a problem.
Next Meet: Home (Stanford Open) vs. California & Washington on January 27th
8. Iowa Hawkeyes (-)
Iowa looked a heck of a lot better on floor this weekend, making a 5.5 point jump on the event from Windy City. An event that has bitten them so far this season is vault (14th - NCAA). They are missing Josh Zeal who contributed a 14.2+ on his last six vaults of 2017.
Next Meet: @Minnesota on January 27th
9. Navy Midshipmen (+1)
Navy built on a good week one to post the sixth-highest team total (398.0) of anyone in week two. It's a very young team but Kip Simons has them clicking. The Mids are ranked top-five nationally on FX, PB & HB.
Next Meet: Home vs. William & Mary and Temple on January 27th
10. Michigan Wolverines (-1)
Michigan did not compete in week two but moved down one spot in the rankings.
Next Meet: Home vs. Oklahoma on January 27th
11. California Golden Bears (-)
Cal did not compete in week two and did not move in the rankings.
Next Meet: @Stanford Open vs. Stanford & Washington on January 27th
12. Arizona State Sun Devils (-)
Arizona State has been good enough to compete with some fully-funded teams for a couple of seasons now. With Kiwan Watts in the lineup, they could end up beating a some. Watts made his Sun Devils debut to the tune of a 79.55 -- 8th-highest in the NCAA.
Next Meet: @SC United vs. SC United & NorCal United
13. Air Force Falcons (-)
Air Force did not compete in week two and did not move in the rankings.
Next Meet: @Army on January 26th
14. William & Mary Tribe (-)
William & Mary made strides in week two, increasing their team score by over five points. Better days are ahead on pommel horse (13th - NCAA) for a team that is still coping with the loss of an important senior class.
Next Meet: @Navy vs. Navy & Temple on January 27th
15. Springfield Pride (+1)
Nobody made a bigger jump in week two than Springfield who increased their team total by fifteen points. With three solid AA'ers (Lewis, Graff & Dieker) the Pride should have a shot at wiggling into the top-three, maybe even top-two at ECAC's.
Next Meet: Home vs. Air Force on January 28th
16. Army Black Knights (-1)
Their Penn State trip was a good one as Army increased their team total in week two. The problem event seems to be high bar for the Knights where they rank 13th in the NCAA.
Next Meet: Home vs. Air Force on January 26th
17. Washington Huskies (-)
Washington did not compete in week two and did not move in the rankings.
Next Meet: @Stanford Open vs. Stanford & California on January 27th
18. UIC Flames (-)
Week two marked a near ten-point improvement for the Flames. Satchel Hudson improved mightily as well as his 72.45 AA score helped him garner ECAC Gymnast of the Week honors.
Next Meet: @Nebraska on February 10th
19. Temple Owls (-)
Temple competed four individuals at the Navy Open and scored a 150.3.
Next Meet: @Navy vs. Navy and William & Mary on January 27th
20. SC United (-)
SC United did not compete in week two and did not move in the rankings.
Next Meet: Home vs. NorCal United & Arizona State on January 27th