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College: The Way Too Early Top 25

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

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

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

  4. 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. 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. 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..

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