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College: PVB’s Final Top 50 Rankings

Stanford was the obvious and deserved No. 1 team in 2016. See how the rest of the schools finished in our Top 50 Rankings.

Stanford was the obvious and deserved No. 1 team in 2016. See how the rest of the schools finished in our Top 50 Rankings.

Naming No. 1 is always a no brainer.

As the 2016 National Champion, Stanford is the clear-cut pole sitter in the final PVB Top 50 Rankings of the year.

Texas, as the runner-up, takes No. 2. Interestingly enough though, in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll it was Minnesota going No. 3 and Nebraska No. 4 despite the Huskers winning the Big Ten this season. For that reason, you will find Nebraska at No. 3 below, one spot ahead of No. 4 Minnesota.

One thing about the PVB rankings, the postseason tends to carry its share of influence. For example, Florida and Florida State finished 1-1 against each other this season. Florida actually had a better game percentage but the Seminoles won when it mattered – in the playoffs. That’s why FSU is ranked ahead of Florida.

There is little doubt that Utah had a better overall season than UNLV, but the Rebels upset the Utes in the first round of the playoffs. With no unusual circumstances surrounding that one, UNLV earned the right to finish the year ranked above Utah.

UNLV is one of four programs to finish in the Top 50 despite not being ranked when the NCAA tournament started. The other three are SMU, Colorado State and Miami (OH).

PVB’s Final Top 50 Rankings

  1. Stanford (27-7) (Final Regular Season Ranking – 10)
  2. Texas (26-6) (6)
  3. Nebraska (31-3) (1)
  4. Minnesota (29-5) (2)
  5. Wisconsin (28-5) (3)
  6. Washington (29-5) (8)
  7. UCLA (28-7) (9)
  8. North Carolina (27-4) (5)
  9. Penn State (24-10) (11)
  10. Creighton (29-7) (16)

  1. Kansas (29-3) (4)
  2. BYU (29-4) (19)
  3. Missouri (28-6) (21)
  4. Florida State (26-6) (15)
  5. Florida (28-4) (7)
  6. Michigan (24-11) (18)
  7. Ohio State (22-13) (22)
  8. Hawaii (24-6) (12)
  9. Oregon (21-10) (17)
  10. Arizona (20-14) (30)

  1. Michigan State (25-9) (13)
  2. Illinois (17-14) (20)
  3. Purdue (19-14) (17)
  4. Washington State (20-12) (26)
  5. USC (18-14) (31)
  6. Iowa State (18-11) (29)
  7. Kentucky (21-8) (27)
  8. Kansas State (20-11) (34)
  9. Baylor (22-12) (35)
  10. San Diego (24-6) (23)

  1. TCU (15-13) (47)
  2. Boise State (27-7) (44)
  3. Colorado (14-16) (32)
  4. Colorado State (21-9) (n/r)
  5. UNLV (24-8) (n/r)
  6. Utah (20-12) (25)
  7. Iowa (19-13) (36)
  8. Marquette (23-9) (48)
  9. Western Kentucky (30-3) (16)
  10. Coastal Carolina (28-5) (37)

  1. Pitt (26-8) (38)
  2. Wichita State (24-7) (44)
  3. Georgia Tech (24-8) (41)
  4. Missouri State (25-8) (40)
  5. Northern Iowa (24-10) (43)
  6. SMU (45-7) (n/r)
  7. Dayton (30-2) (33)
  8. Texas A&M (21-9) (28)
  9. Duke (21-9) (42)
  10. Miami (OH) (24-7) (n/r)

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