Week 3 #NCAAMGYM Power Rankings Things remain steady at the top; shake-up in the 9-16 range

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.

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1. Oklahoma Sooners (-)

Oklahoma seems to be getting into a groove following their second 430+ in three weeks. They rank first in the NCAA on every event except for FX where they're really struggling (sarcasm) and rank second. They also currently feature three of the top four all-arounders in the country.

Next competition: @Iowa vs. Iowa and Minnesota on Feb. 10th

2. Stanford Cardinal (-)

Stanford did not compete this week and did not move in the rankings.

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

3. Illinois Fighting Illini (-)

I think we learned a lot about Illinois this past weekend. They struggled on a few events but proved they're a resilient group with a late push on HB to top Minnesota. However, by no means do they have the third spot locked down as teams like Ohio State, Nebraska, PSU and Minnesota could be knocking soon.

Next competition: Home vs. Penn State on Feb. 3rd

4. Ohio State Buckeyes (-)

Ohio State did not compete this week and did not move in the rankings.

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

5. Nebraska Cornhuskers (-)

Nebraska did not compete this week and did not move in the rankings.

6. Penn State Nittany Lions (-)

Consistency through three meets keeps the Nittany Lions in the top-six. Had it not been for two rough events this weekend (FX & HB), we would be talking about their third straight meet of 412+. The Golden Gophers of Minnesota are inching closer week-by-week so Friday's B1G meet at Illinois will be a good test.

Next competiton: @Illinois on Feb. 3rd

7. Minnesota Golden Gophers (-)

The Gophers hung tough last weekend against Illinois without vault extraordinaire Yaroslav Pochinka and essentially no Zach Liebler. Vitali Kan has been the biggest difference maker as he's had the largest impact difference in each of the Gophers' three meets thus far. As soon as Liebler is healthy look for the Gophers to jump up a few spots in these rankings.

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

8. Air Force Falcons (-)

Scoring a 409.15 in a meet where your top gymnast (Tim Wang) didn't compete dismounts is a great sign. Health is a current issue for the Falcons as detailed in the week three recap, but they seem to be making things work. We'll see how well they hang this weekend in a big home meet against Stanford and Washington.

Next competition: Home vs. Stanford and Washington on Feb. 4th

9. California Golden Bears (+2)

If it wasn't for Cal's HB squad (scored a 72.05 this past weekend) I'm not sure they would be inside the top-ten this week. There looks to be tons of room for improvement on the 407.3 they scored as they counted two 12's on vault and had a poor PH rotation (62.5). With a little help in those two areas this team could creep into the 410+ area soon.

Next competition: Home vs. Iowa on Feb. 6th

10. Navy Midshipmen (+3)

It's hard to not be a believer in this Navy team at the moment. Their mix of young talent (they competed six freshmen last weekend) and senior leadership has them improving week-by-week. Jonny Tang and Tanner West both sit top-17 AA in the NCAA.

Next competition: @Army on Feb. 4th

11. Michigan Wolverines (-2)

Although they saw an improvement in score, Michigan may have taken a hit this weekend with an injury to Tristian Perez-Rivera. The All-American will receive an MRI on Friday according to the team. His injury will place more responsibility on younger team members which could be beneficial in the long-term.

Next competition: @Ohio State on Feb. 4th

12. Iowa Hawkeyes (-2)

Iowa was on a bye and did not compete this week.

Next competition: @California on Feb. 6th

13. Arizona State Sun Devils (+1)

The Sun Devils' continual improvement is eye-opening. The interesting thing about AZ St. is that they're not led by a standout competitor or event. They're very well-rounded and rely on 1-15 to get the job done. That's not something you see often in the NCAA.

Next competition: @California vs. California, Stanford and Nebraska on Feb. 11th

14. Army Black Knights (-2)

The Black Knights are really feeling the departure of Jesse Glenn. They're a better team than they showed this weekend (389.25) but are still looking for a spark somewhere. A home meet against rival Navy may be just the motivation needed to get back on track.

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

15. William & Mary Tribe (+1)

It was a great weekend for the Tribe as they suddenly find themselves within real striking distance of being as high as 13th in these rankings. If this team can show something on FX (18th - NCAA) it would go a long way in giving them a good chance to qualify to NCAA's as a team.

Next competition: @Springfield on Feb. 5th

16. Springfield Pride (-1)

HB and SR really hurt the Pride (no pun intended) this weekend. However their three solid AA'ers (Stephen Lewis, Joshua Dieker and Chris Graff) give this team a shot to move up in these rankings as the season moves forward.

Next competition: @William & Mary on Feb. 5th

17. UIC Flames (-)

The Flames did not compete this week and did not move in the rankings.

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

18. Washington Huskies

Washington did not compete this week and did not move in the rankings.

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

19. Temple Owls (-)

The Owls set a season-high this weekend (375.35). A tough day on PH (59.2) kept it from being an even better competition for Temple.

Next competition: Home for Philadelphia Boys' Invite on Feb. 18th

20. SC United

Hosting the SC United Open this weekend, SC United set a season-high score by just under three points. The team scored a meet-high 61.1 on SR highlighted by a 13.4 from Nicolas Horner.

Next competition: @Sun Devil Classic vs. Arizona State and Washington on Feb. 24th

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