Week 2 Power Rankings No change at the top but a shake-up in the middle of the pack

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 (-)

The Sooners weren't quite as dominant as we saw in week one. Let's also remember that key contributors like Allan Bower, Yul Moldauer and Colin Van Wicklen were being rested on some of their best events. If you follow sports you've probably heard of the historic win streak from the UConn women's basketball team; they haven't lost since Nov. 17, 2014. Well, the Sooners' current winning streak started 220 days before that date. Mic drop.

Next competition: Home vs. Michigan on Jan. 28th

2. Stanford Cardinal (-)

With zero offense meant toward the talented Cardinal roster, Akash Modi is putting the team on his back. Only one athlete in the NCAA (Tim Wang of Air Force) has a bigger combined impact difference for their team through two weeks. With Winter Cup approaching I'd expect Modi to be rested on a few events, allowing us to see what kind of depth Stanford has.

Next competition: @Air Force vs. Air Force & Washington on Feb. 4th

3. Illinois Fighting Illini (-)

It's important to point out the job that all-arounders Joey Peters and Johnny Jacobson have done for this team through two weeks. Their production has made it easier to deal with having Bobby Baker (wrist) on just vault and high bar. The Illini got their pommel horse team on track this week (70.05) and I believe they still have the ability to score even higher.

Next competition: Home vs. Minnesota on Jan. 28th

4. Ohio State Buckeyes (+2)

The fact that Sean Melton is healthy enough to compete even one event is enough to move the Buckeyes up. To push into the top-three they'll need to show improvement on the leg events (FX - 9th NCAA, VT - 11th NCAA). Those two seem to be where injuries are having the largest impact.

Next competition: Home vs. Michigan on Feb. 4th

5. Nebraska Cornhuskers (-)

The Huskers did a fine job against #1 Oklahoma, as detailed in the week two recap. I said last week that for this team to improve they would need to be better on high bar, and they were. However, it seems that they are really missing their graduated pommel horse star, Ethan Lottman. Outside of Antonio Castro the team has just one score higher than a 13.3 on the year. The B1G title will be won or lost on PH, so they will need to find more firepower.

Next competition: @Minnesota on Feb. 4th

6. Penn State Nittany Lions (-2)

You know it's a competitive year for the NCAA when you post the seventh-highest team score of the year (414.2) and move down two spots. The Nittany Lions have done a fine job and similar to the Illini they still have more to offer on pommel horse. Dominic DiFulvio has flown relatively under-the-radar throughout his career but everyone will know his name by the time this year is done.

Next competition: @Springfield on Jan. 29th

7. Minnesota Golden Gophers (-)

A much better week for the Gophers, but no improvement in the rankings. Isn't that life sometimes? All joking aside, Minnesota could easily find themselves as high as 4th next week if they can continue to improve. They've been fantastic on vault (3rd NCAA) but need to find more scoring on rings (11th NCAA). An improvement of 9.8 points on pommel horse was a welcome sight for head coach Mike Burns.

Next competition: @Illinois on Jan. 28th

8. Air Force Falcons (-)

Floor exercise is the Air Force Falcons' kryptonite. They enter week three 17th in the NCAA and if the struggles continue to be this prominent it will be hard to keep them in the top-eight. As I mentioned earlier in this article, Tim Wang is keeping this team afloat with the largest individual impact difference in the NCAA.

Next competition: Home vs. Army on Jan. 28th

9. Michigan Wolverines (+1)

Although Michigan did not compete, a down performance from Cal moves them up one spot.

Next competition: @Oklahoma on Jan. 28th

10. Iowa Hawkeyes (+1)

The Hawkeyes are a better team than they showed during opening weekend. They proved it by increasing their team score on all six events. Much of that was to do with Dylan Ellsworth bouncing back in a big way. There's still nowhere to go but up on pommel horse where Iowa ranks 17th in the NCAA.

Next competition: @California on Feb. 6th

11. California Golden Bears (-2)

For as much as they lost, Cal hasn't started off the year too bad. With that being said, they didn't get many difference-making performances this weekend with no 14's being scored outside of vault. Growing pains are to be expected with a young team, but some bigger scores on floor and pommel horse will be needed for them to climb back into the top-10.

Next competition: @SC United Open vs. SC United, Arizona State and Temple on Jan. 28th

12. Army Black Knights (-)

A nice meet this past weekend in Happy Valley has the Black Knights nipping at the heels of Cal. The lowest hanging fruit for Army should be rings where they could only manage a pair of 13's. It's a bit of a surprise how well they're competing on an event like high bar given the loss of Nissen-Emery award winner Jesse Glenn.

Next competition: @Air Force on Jan. 28th

13. Navy Midshipmen (+1)

A third-straight Navy Open victory has the Midshipmen up one spot from last week. The emergence of freshman Tanner West has the distant (and immediate) future looking bright. West and senior Wyatt LaPointe have Navy looking strong on rings where they're ranked T7th in the NCAA as a team.

Next competition: @William & Mary on Jan. 28th

14. Arizona State Sun Devils (-1)

Given their limited funds, the Sun Devils only get one home meet per year at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. That came this past weekend against Illinois where they took advantage of the home crowd, scoring a solid 396.2. The only clear weakness this team has is rings where they only have two scores of 13, both from Jared Newman.

Next competition: @SC United Open vs. SC United, California and Temple on Jan. 28th

15. Springfield Pride (-)

Even though Springfield lost narrowly to William & Mary (.4), they retain their spot at 15. They've been fairly consistent across the board through two weeks as they've yet to score below 62.05 on any event. They might have found a good one in Stephen Lewis (78.8 AA - ECAC Rookie of the Week).

Next competition: Home vs. Penn State on Jan. 29th

16. William & Mary Tribe (-)

The Tribe might be higher in these rankings had it not been for another tough outing on high bar (61.05). If they can find a way to fix that event they will be in good shape. Rob Meyer has been quietly productive so far this year giving William & Mary some stability on PH, SR and PB.

Next competition: @Navy on Jan. 28th

17. UIC Flames (+1)

I was tired just writing about the weekend of traveling the Flames had (Columbus on Friday, Iowa City on Sunday). Apparently it's exactly what the doctor ordered as they posted two scores of 374+ following a 360.25 opener at Windy City.

Next competition: @Peachtree Invitational vs. William & Mary on Feb. 11th

18. Washington Huskies (+1)

The Huskies scored a 375.65 at the Stanford Open highlighted by a 67.5 on vault. Nick Kano continues to impress on rings as he's now ranked T18th on the event in the NCAA.

Next competition: @Air Force vs. Air Force & Stanford on Feb. 4th

19. Temple Owls (-2)

Temple took a small step back this weekend finishing with a 366.65 at the Navy Open. They struggled most on floor with a 59.25. Casey Polizzotto and Jakob Welsh continue to be productive for the Owls, both scoring 74+ in the all-around.

Next competition: @SC United Open vs. SC United, California and Arizona State on Jan. 28th

20. SC United (-)

SC United didn't compete this weekend after going 347.25 at the Rocky Mountain Open in week one.

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

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