#NCAAMGym Week 9 Power Rankings A New Team Enters The Top-Four

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 (-)

After an NCAA-best 434.55 do you expect anyone else in this spot? I think the most impressive thing about the Sooners is that they're the only team in the country who could lose a top competitor to injury and not skip a beat. They possess depth that most coaches could only dream of.

Next competition: Home vs. Illinois on March 18th

2. Stanford Cardinal (-)

Had Akash Modi (AA - 87.7) not been in the lineup last weekend, the Cardinal wouldn't have fared nearly as well. He was, however, and he paved the way to a 10+ point road win against two top-10 opponents. Any time you do that it can be considered a successful week.

Next competition: Home vs. California on April 1st

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (-)

A phenomenal PH rotation wasn't enough to keep the Buckeyes in the running against Oklahoma. It's not very often you see a top-ranked team whose weaknesses are FX (7th - NCAA) & VT (8th), but as of right now that's the case for OSU. Jake Martin continues to look like the unquestioned MVP for Ohio State in 2017.

Next competition: @Illinois on March 24th

4. Minnesota Golden Gophers (+1)

Counting three low/mid 11's is concerning, but outside of that Minnesota was impressive on Saturday night. An event that used to plague the Gophers, SR, has looked a lot better over the last month and a half. They can't let routines get away from them like some did this weekend, but this team is in a good spot.

Next competition: Home vs. UIC on March 18th

5. Illinois Fighting Illini (-1)

Illinois is deserving of a spot in the top-four, even top-three, when they're healthy. A lot of important gymnasts -- Baker, Foster, Peters -- are on the mend and are expected back as soon as this weekend. This team has 415+ potential but must have their key pieces healthy and competing to reach that potential.

Next competition: @Oklahoma on March 18th

6. Nebraska Cornhuskers (-)

Nebraska did not compete this weekend and didn't move in the rankings.

Next competition: @Iowa on March 20th

7. Penn State Nittany Lions (-)

Penn State did not compete and didn't move in the rankings.

Next competition: Home vs. Michigan on March 18th

8. Iowa Hawkeyes (-)

It looked like Iowa took another step forward this weekend. They stuck with a good Minnesota team and could've had a chance to beat them if it hadn't been for PB. They only counted two scores less than 12.6 on Saturday -- both on the aforementioned event.

Next competition: Home vs. Nebraska on March 20th

9. Michigan Wolverines (-)

It was a weekend full of positives for Michigan -- a new season high (407.3) and an upset of conference-rival Illinois. They used their bread & butter events (FX & VT) to do it. Nobody in the country has a greater 1-2 punch on VT than the Wolverines with Cole & McCallum.

Next competition: @Penn State on March 18th

10. Navy Midshipmen (+2)

After a midseason dip in scoring, things seem to be on the upswing for the Mids. Last Friday marked their second-best team score of the year (404.1). Noah Beeman is someone who isn't talked about enough but continues to provide plenty of important routines for Navy.

Next competition: @Air Force on March 17th

11. California Golden Bears (-)

Since bottoming out two weeks ago at Michigan, things are on their way back up for Cal. PH was actually better this weekend and one of their stars, Yordan Aleksandrov, had a good day across his three events.

Next competition: @Stanford on April 1st

12. Air Force Falcons (-2)

The double-meet weekend wasn't kind to the Falcons -- at least not on Sunday. They've got another meet tomorrow night which will mark their third competition in eight days. A stretch like that will test your depth for sure. HB was a struggle during their two days of competition last weekend.

Next competition: Home vs. Navy on March 17th

13. William & Mary (-)

The Tribe's best team score since Jan. 28 still wasn't enough to take down Navy or Air Force (lost to AF by .05). Still, W&M's veterans are doing their jobs and doing them consistently.

Next competition: Home vs. Army & Temple on March 18th

14. Army Black Knights (-)

Army is following a similar path to Cal after hitting a low point just under three weeks ago. The Black Knights put up good scores across the board last weekend with the exception of FX (62.8). Expect that number to climb as soon as this weekend.

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

15. Arizona State Sun Devils (-)

The Sun Devils got back into the 390's this week on the backs of their FX & VT teams. They minimized big errors and didn't have a single event under a 62.1.

Next competition: @USAG Collegiate Championships on March 24th

16. Springfield Pride (-)

Springfield has a number of AA'ers that they can look to week-to-week for scores. This week it was Chris Graff's turn to step up as his 80.2 crushed his previous season-high of 77.05.

Next competition: @USAG Collegiate Championships on March 24th

17. Washington Huskies (+1)

For the third straight week Washington posted a score of 387+. They're putting the pressure on Springfield in these rankings, that's for sure. Nathan Tsuji continues to be the driving force behind the Huskies' success.

Next competition: @USAG Collegiate Championships on March 24th

18. UIC Flames (-1)

The young Flames took a big step back after an encouraging 387.7 the week prior. VT (66.1) was the only event where they were able to manage a score over 63.

Next competition: @Minnesota on March 18th

19. Temple Owls (-)

Temple did not compete and didn't move in the rankings.

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

20. SC United (-)

SC United did not compete and didn't move in the rankings.

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