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 my initial rankings in the Season Preview.
1. Oklahoma Sooners (-)
Oklahoma did not compete on opening weekend and didn't move in the rankings.
Next Meet: @Air Force on January 20th
2. Ohio State Buckeyes (-)
Despite the Seth Delbridge injury and loss to Nebraska, it wasn't enough to move the Buckeyes from the No. 2 spot. Sean Melton should be making his season debut this weekend and there were still plenty of bright spots (Alec Yoder, Sean Neighbarger, Max Andryuhschenko) to be optimistic about OSU's chances in 2018.
Next Meet: @Nebraska on January 20th
3. Illinois Fighting Illini (-)
We didn't necessarily learn anything ground-breaking about Illinois after their fourth-consecutive Windy City title. Bobby Baker looked good, but to catch OSU & Oklahoma they'll have to stay on pommel horse. Easier said than done.
Next Meet: Home vs. Arizona State on January 20th
4. Minnesota Golden Gophers (-)
After winning his first collegiate meet, we've confirmed that Shane Wiskus will be fun to watch. They're knocking on the door of Illinois but will have to avoid a rings rotation (65.3) like they had in Chicago on Saturday. The race between themselves, Illinois and Nebraska will be something interesting to follow during the 2018 season.
Check out highlights of the Gophers' performance at Windy City here.
Next Meet: Home vs. Iowa on January 27th
5. Nebraska Cornhuskers (+1)
Nebraska couldn't have asked for much more out of their trip to Colorado. They defeated Ohio State and in the process posted the NCAA's top score. How long that holds up remains to be seen, but the Huskers look well-rounded and ready to give top-tier teams a greater fight than they ever have before. They play host to the Buckeyes this weekend who will be looking for some serious revenge.
Next Meet: Home vs. Ohio State on January 20th
6. Penn State Nittany Lions (+2)
Despite being a bit beaten up by injuries Penn State stepped up at the West Point Open. Quest Hayden being able to compete two events (FX & VT) was a bit unexpected and having him back helps tremendously. Brennan Pantazis should give Minnesota's Wiskus a run for his money in contending for B1G Freshman of the Year.
Next Meet: Home vs. Army on January 20th
7. Stanford Cardinal (-2)
It was a fine first weekend for Stanford and the two-place drop is more of a result of other teams doing well. There's no doubt they miss Akash Modi, but Andrew Bitner is going to do everything he can to ease the pain. The place they'll miss Modi the most is on PH -- only once last year did they score below a 66 on the event (they scored a 64.3 on Saturday).
Next Meet: @UIC vs. UIC & Iowa on January 21st
8. Iowa Hawkeyes (-1)
It's already obvious that the 3-8 range of these rankings is going to be a dog fight. The Hawkeyes started this season roughly six points higher than they did in 2017 -- an encouraging sign. What Iowa seems to have on some other teams is a solid pommel horse squad. If they can continue producing there it will take some pressure off other weaker events.
Next Meet: @UIC vs. UIC & Stanford on January 21st
9. Michigan Wolverines (-)
Michigan did not compete on opening weekend and didn't move in the rankings.
Next Meet: Home vs. Oklahoma on January 27th
10. Navy Midshipmen (+1)
If the first weekend was any indication, Navy might just run away with an ECAC title in 2018. Without seeing Michigan compete it's hard to rank them any higher, but they very well could jump a few spots very soon. They've got a freshmen class to be excited about. Unless you're another team in the ECAC, that is.
Next Meet: Home (Navy Open) vs. William & Mary, Springfield & Temple on January 20th
11. California Golden Bears (-1)
Cal remains in good hands with Yordan Aleksandrov and Aaron Mah. Mah only had one rough event (HB) but otherwise averaged a 13.75 on the other five. Pommel horse looks like it will once again be the make-or-break event for the Bears.
Next Meet: @Stanford Open vs. Stanford & Washington on January 27th
12. Arizona State Sun Devils (+3)
Look who's back ready to make some noise yet again. The Sun Devils started off 2018 with a 390.95 and that was without their top-freshman, Kiwan Watts. Nikita Latman snagged Club Gymnast of the Week honors with his 76.4 all-around score, good enough for 13th-best in the country.
Next Meet: @Illinois on January 20th
13. Air Force Falcons (-1)
A couple of events really hurt the Falcons in week one but the good news is that it looks like they've got a strong crop of freshmen. Frankie Valentin really stood out as he posted three scores of 13.4+ on FX, SR and VT.
Next Meet: Home vs. Oklahoma on January 20th
14. William & Mary Tribe (-1)
The Tribe lost a great group of seniors last year, and it was really felt last weekend. The biggest areas of fixing will need to come on floor (61.65) and pommel horse (59.1). Cutter Fugett started his William & Mary career off well with four scores of 12.2+.
Next Meet: @Navy vs. Navy, Springfield and Temple on January 20th
15. Army Black Knights (-1)
Does anybody really like pommel horse anyway? Similar to other teams, it was that single event that doomed Army at the WPO. There are an easy 4-5 points sitting on the table right there. Good news, however, is that 2016 ECAC Rookie of the Year, Cole Casanova, is back and competed five events.
Next Meet: @Penn State on January 20th
16. Springfield Pride (-)
Stephen Lewis started his season off by taking home ECAC Gymnast of the Week -- the highlight of his all-around performance came on vault where he scored a 14.4. Better days should be ahead for the Pride on pommel horse (54.55).
Next Meet: @Navy vs. Navy, William & Mary and Temple on January 20th
17. Washington Huskies (+1)
Washington's opening-weekend 370.6 was highlighted by a 76.75 from Nathan Tsuji. He was the top-scorer for the Huskies on FX, PH, PB & HB.
Next Meet: @Stanford Open vs. Stanford and California on January 27th
18. UIC Flames (-1)
UIC started off the season with a 356.8 at Windy City. Freshman Sam Montague led the team as an all-arounder with a 68.9.
Next Meet: Home vs. Stanford & Iowa on January 21st
19. S.C. United (+1)
S.C. United kicked off the season at the Cal Benefit Cup with a 291.45.
Next Meet: Home vs. Arizona State & NorCal United on January 27th
20. Temple Owls (-1)
The Owls season began with a 223.05 at the WPO.
Next Meet: @Navy vs. Navy, William & Mary and Springfield on January 20th