#NCAAMGym Week 7 Power Rankings The Battle For A Top Six Spot Continues

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 (-)

So apparently the Sooners can still go 425 without many of their top gymnasts competing much at all. So yes, they sit safely atop the rankings this week. Oklahoma does however face their first true test of the season as they head west for a Moldauer/Modi-less 1-2 matchup with Stanford.

Next competition: @Stanford on March 4th

2. Stanford Cardinal (-)

The script is much of the same for Stanford as it is for Oklahoma this week. They still scored at an elite level even with stars competing on just a few events. You can expect the Cardinal to give it everything they've got on Saturday night against a team that hasn't lost since the 2014 NCAA Championships.

Next competition: Home vs. Oklahoma on March 4th

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (-)

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

Next competition: Home (Arnold Challenge) vs. Minnesota on March 4th

4. Illinois Fighting Illini (-)

For the most part, the Illini have stayed par-for-the-course in 2017. After a quick start they've hit a bit of a lull but they've still shown enough to stay in the top-four. NCAA PH champion Brandon Ngai seems to be heating up, which is a great sign with just five weeks until the postseason.

Next competition: @Puerto Rico Cup vs. Michigan & Arizona State on March 4th

5. Penn State Nittany Lions (+1)

The emergence of a strong Freshman class (Sam Zakutney, Favian Valdez and Stephen Nedoroscik) has the Nittany Lions looking strong. They also boast a pair of rock-solid seniors (Leroy Clarke Jr. & Dom DiFulvio) to offset the youth. PSU should continue to apply pressure to Illinois/Ohio State.

Next competition: @Nebraska vs. Nebraska & Iowa on March 4th

6. Minnesota Golden Gophers (-1)

Minnesota would have retained their top-five spot if it hadn't been for the counting of four scores of 12.3 and under. It's self-explanatory, but to have success in a five-up/five-count format you can't let any single routine get away from you. The Gophers are still in great position to contend for a second-straight "Super-Six" berth.

Next competition: @Ohio State (Arnold Challenge) on March 4th

7. Nebraska Cornhuskers (-)

By now we know that the two most important events for Nebraska are PH & HB. Those will dictate how the rest of the season goes for the Cornhuskers. Anton Stephenson and his brother, Chris, will be driving factors as well for this team down the stretch.

Next competition: Home vs. Penn State & Iowa on March 4th

8. Michigan Wolverines (+2)

The Wolverines were averaging a sound 68.35 over five events on Saturday, then high bar happened. Still, it was an encouraging day for a young team who had their top AA'er (Belanovski) on just one event. We know how good Emyre Cole is on FX & VT, but if he can continue producing on PB and improve his HB it would be a big help for Michigan.

Next competition: @Puerto Rico Cup vs. Illinois & Arizona State on March 4th

9. Iowa Hawkeyes (-)

Iowa competed like a top-six team for four events (SR, VT, PB, HB) against Illinois. The problem was that the other two, FX & PH, weren't pretty. The Hawkeyes have the personnel, they're just missing the consistency piece at this point.

Next competition: @Nebraska vs. Nebraska & Penn State on March 4th

10. Air Force Falcons (-2)

We know what Tim Wang can do, but the Falcons will need others to step up to have any real shot at a top-six finish at NCAA's. There is plenty of opportunity for improvement in team score from last weekend as they could muster just a 64.4 on SR.

Next competition: @California (Cal Benefit Cup) vs. California & SC United on March 3rd

11. Navy Midshipmen (+2)

In NCAA competition, teams are allowed to compete up to 15 athletes. Navy competed just nine this weekend with 28 routines coming from seven athletes. But hey, it works when you have reliable AA'ers (Tang, Beeman and West) and others who are more than serviceable on 3-4 events.

Next competition: @William & Mary on March 3rd

12. California Golden Bears (-1)

Cal had a tough go in their first five-up/five-count meet. A usual strength, HB, wasn't up to par and they were forced to count six scores below 12 on PH & PB. They will hope to bounce back on their home turf in Berkeley tomorrow night.

Next competition: Home (Cal Benefit Cup) vs. Air Force & SC United on March 3rd

13. William & Mary Tribe (+1)

The Tribe went on the road this weekend and defeated a pair of conference opponents in convincing fashion. More impressively, they did so without a key gymnast, Rob Meyer.

Next competition: Home vs. Navy on March 3rd

14. Arizona State Sun Devils (+1)

The Sun Devils enjoyed a nice bounce-back from two weeks ago as they improved their score by nearly eight points. The only blemish was a 60.4 on HB where they were forced to count three sub-12's.

Next competition: @Puerto Rico Cup vs. Illinois & Michigan on March 4th

15. Army Black Knights (-3)

A season-high on FX wasn't enough to offset mistakes on other events for the Black Knights this weekend. Similar to Iowa, this team has struggled with their consistency in 2017. We'll see what they can do this weekend on the road.

Next competition: @Springfield vs. Springfield & Navy on March 5th

16. Springfield Pride (-)

The Pride endured a season-low team score this past weekend against Army and William & Mary. Still, Springfield got good numbers from their three AA'ers: Lewis, Graff and Dieker. They'll get another crack at Army this weekend, this time at home.

Next competition: Home vs. Army and Navy on March 5th

17. Washington Huskies (+1)

The Huskies were able to exceed 390 for this first time this year thanks to nice SR, VT and PB rotations. Nathan Tsuji had his second-best AA score of the year following an appearance at Winter Cup. They'll get a weekend off before a home meet against Cal-Berkeley.

Next competition: Home vs. California on March 11th

18. UIC Flames (-1)

Four 11's on HB put a damper on the Flames home competition against Nebraska on Sunday. Still, senior Chris Root continued his nice season with a pair of season-best performances on PH & PB.

Next competition: @Midwest Open on March 4th

19. Temple Owls (-)

Temple put up their first score of 380+ on the back of season-bests on SR and VT. In fact, their 68.1 on VT marked the highest single event score of 2017 for the Owls.

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

20. SC United (-)

SC United compiled a 345.65 this weekend with a season high 62.35 on SR.

Next competition: @Cal Benefit Cup vs. California and Air Force on March 3rd

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