College Rankings

College: The Way Too Early Top 25

t’s way too early to talk about what the 2017 College Pre-Season Rankings may look like, but we do it anyway!

How will Nebraska rank in next year's Pre-Season Rankings? We don't know. (Courtesy of Scott Bruhn, Nebraska Communications)

How will Nebraska rank in next year’s Pre-Season Rankings? We don’t know. (Courtesy of Scott Bruhn, Nebraska Communications)

This is how the way too early Top 25 works.

Rule No. 1 was there was no checking online of anything.

It was put together off the top of my head, by memory, based on a quick assessment as to what next year’s Pre-Season Rankings could look like.

Of course, things will change. There will be transfer news (and actual research done as to what rosters look like and such).

What I found the most interesting was coming up with top contenders behind Stanford and Texas. Stanford brings back plenty, as does Texas, which also has a great incoming class. So those programs should hang around the top of the charts.

After that it was a bit of a mystery.

Nebraska and Minnesota lose key ingredients, as does Wisconsin. That trio was so dominant in 2016 that the landscape is bound to change with their new looks. Kansas brings a lot back and has the Final Four experience of 2015, but was shaky this postseason losing to Creighton.

Creighton is interesting because the Bluejays return their share of talent and are coming off an Elite Eight appearance, the best in school history.

UCLA and North Carolina played each other in this year’s playoffs and both could be big-time factors next year. Florida has enough returning and could be an improved bunch too.

But there is going to be some shuffling at the top of the rankings, other than Stanford and Texas.

Let’s see what I came up with on the fly:

The Too Early Top 25

  1. Texas
  2. Stanford
  3. UCLA
  4. North Carolina
  5. Kansas
  6. Florida
  7. Washington
  8. Penn State
  9. Minnesota
  10. Nebraska
  11. Creighton
  12. Oregon
  13. Wisconsin
  14. Florida State
  15. BYU
  16. Michigan
  17. Hawaii
  18. Michigan State
  19. USC
  20. Illinois
  21. Arizona
  22. Purdue
  23. Utah
  24. Ohio State
  25. San Diego


  1. John Tawa

    John Tawa

    December 26, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Penn State, Wisconsin, Oregon too low; not sure Florida State and USD are top 25

  2. bllewis2010

    January 2, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I could easily see UNC and UCLA facing off in next years championship. The Big 10 has always been dominant but I think by 2 or 3 more season, college volleyball will have more balance across the field.

  3. Chris Tobolski

    January 3, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I thought I might have had UCLA and UNC a little high, but glad someone else sees it that way.

  4. bllewis2010

    January 23, 2017 at 10:29 am

    UCLA may be more of the 7 or 8 area; they are losing both middles, an outside, libero, and setter. However, they have good recruiting and Sealy always does well with what he has. UNC deserves to be top 5. They lost a setter, but the setter replacing her was a redshirt so she has been with the team for a year and will not have the freshman transition. The question for UNC will be do they switch to a 5-1with Carlton who is offensive at 6′ 8″ and run Leath or Scoles as an opposite with Borup on the L2 or do they stick with a 6-2 and Borup/(Hull or Laufenberg) take R2/OPP2. UNC will be about replacing the right side while UCLA has to replace all along the pin. Washington may need to watched for with the return of most players.

  5. Chris Tobolski

    January 25, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I think UCLA has enough in the mb to be alright. Setting too. And with the incoming arms on the left can make it up there too. The biggest loss is with Formico. Time will tell.

  6. ckaminski

    March 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Where’s Boise State? Great season,(strong league this year with CSU, UNLV) beats a strong Western Kentucky team in the first round, played Stanford as well as many, and only loses one player from that team..

  7. johndoe54

    May 25, 2017 at 11:33 am

    How do we feel about Wisconsin after seeing Hilley, Rettke, Whalen, and Gilly’s resurgence this Spring?

  8. Chris Tobolski

    May 25, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    This season might be too early for Wisconsin. Let the incoming class gain experience for a year, and when Haggerty’s a junior and senior it’ll be interesting to see what happens then.

  9. William Grady

    July 12, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Washington, with Sanders and Hazelwood at middle, Bajema back in her natural outside spot, virtually the whole rest of the team–that won the Pac 12 last year–back, should be right there with Stanford, in the top 4 or 5.

  10. William Grady

    July 12, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I love the optimism about UCLA, but the young guns will really have to hit the ground running, much like Wisconsin. I think Chris may be right, it could take another year for the Badgers (and Bruins). Florida really intrigues me. Do you think, as I do, that Kramer (who just made the Junior National team) is ready to dominate in the middle? If so, I think they are going to be right there as well. And I’m very curious how Oregon comes out of the gate, against Nebraska and Texas.

  11. William Grady

    July 12, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Has anyone actually seen Sara Hamson play? It may be too early this year, but if she develops into anything like her older sister, I was thinking by tournament time BYU could be a real force. Ballard looks to be an absolute stud, and the rest of the team looks very solid.

  12. William Grady

    July 31, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Anyone know what happened to Van Winden at UCLA? She played beach, but is not on the indoor roster.
    Without her, I can’t see the Bruins going real far in the tournament. I’m picking UW and Stanford to tie for the Pac 12 title, followed immediately by Oregon and Utah, all of them going deep in the tourney.

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