(These rankings were originally published Jan. 30 in our premier section. College rankings will first be published on the premier side, then made free at a later date. DI-AA rankings will be produced every week through the regular season.)
There's been some considerable shakeup in our Top 25, as teams in Florida, California and the Pacific Northwest have begun play in the New Year.
Some of the teams in that region have racked up losses but maintained their spot in the Top 25, like UCSB, Stanford and Sacramento State. Those losses have all come either against Cal or DI-A teams, like St. Mary's, Utah and Cal Poly.
Sacramento State had a better score against Cal than Stanford, but the Bears played both teams in the same day, starting their top side in the battle for the Scrum Axe against Stanford.
New to the Top 25 are Florida State, U. San Diego and Oregon State. Both OSU and FSU have been in our rankings this competitive cycle, but the Beavers were dropped due to inactivity in the fall and the Seminoles because of a poor fall showing in the Florida Cup.
However, Oregon State opened NCRC play with a win over Canadian side Simon Fraser, and FSU has started well, too. At the end of the fall, the 'Noles beat LSU and USF, and have opened South Independent play with back-to-back wins over FIU and FAU, respectively.
More impressive than both of those feats, however, may be the Toreros' drubbing of Claremont Colleges Saturday, 50-17. That's a big win, which has propelled USD to No. 13 and knocked Claremont out of the Top 25. The Dragons have a long season ahead of them, and could well play their way back into the mix.
Coming up Saturday is a massive clash in the Pacific Mountain West, as fifth-ranked SDSU takes on third-ranked UCSB.
1 (1) Davenport 7-0 Idle
2 (2) Dartmouth 7-0 Idle
3 (3) UC Santa Barbara 1-3 Won 43-15 over UC Irvine
4 (4) Florida 6-0 Idle
5 (5) San Diego State 1-0 Won 34-5 over Loyola Marymount
6 (6) Northeastern 6-0 Idle
7 (7) Bowling Green 5-1 Idle
8 (9) Miami (OH) 4-2 Idle
9 (10) Wisconsin 6-1 Idle
10 (11) South Carolina 4-0 Idle
11 (14) Indiana 3-4 Idle
12 (15) Minnesota 5-1 Idle
13 (8) Stanford 0-2 Lost 109-0 to Cal
14 (Unr.) U. San Diego 2-0 Won 50-17 over Claremont Colleges
15 (12) Sacramento State 0-2-1 Lost 48-3 to Cal
16 (16) Maryland 2-1 Idle
17 (17) Tennessee 3-2 Idle
18 (18) St. Bonaventure 7-1 Idle
19 (19) Texas 2-0 Idle
20 (21) Stony Brook 5-1 Idle
21 (22) Virginia Tech 2-1 Idle
22 (23) Arkansas 1-0 Idle
23 (20) Loyola Marymount 1-1 Won 40-18 over USC
24 (Unr.) Oregon State 1-0 Won 12-10 over Simon Fraser
25 (Unr.) Florida State 7-2 Beat FAU, FIU to start league play
13 (13) Claremont Colleges 0-1 Lost 50-17 to U. San Diego
24 (24) Kansas 2-1 Idle
25 (25) UCF 4-2 Lost 13-0 to South Florida