MCLA TOP 15 - MARCH 9
Jordan Harris's MCLA Division 1 Top 15
- 1.ChapmanWins over BYU, Sonoma, and UVU. Neck and neck with Georgia Tech, but I like that BYU win more than any Georgia Tech win.
- 2.Georgia TechThe Boston College win looks more impressive after this weekend. Virginia Tech won't be a top 15 team for long, so it's likely BC will stay their only Top 15 win at the end of the season. Probably not enough for #1.
- 3.ColoradoCU's win over Arizona might be the most impressive win of the year for anyone. A close game with Boise State gives me a little pause, but Boise has proved a tough out for BYU and CSU and they got it done. Looking forward to the Chapman game this weekend.
- 4.ArizonaWins over CSU, BC, and UVU. Even with the loss to CU they have proved a lot with their wins. Definitely been beneficiary of back to backs, but their job is to win, not make intelligent schedules for other teams.
- 5.BYUTough overtime loss to Chapman, but they proved there isn't much gap between the teams. Beating SDSU without their starting goalie was big. Boise State win looks better after this weekend. Arizona State this weekend is a must win for both teams. BYU has them at home. Advantage BYU.
- 6.Cal PolyASU win losing luster and GCU loss looking worse. Still have 2 top 25 wins, but I'm not sold. I could see them landing anywhere between 6 and 8 depending on how you view things.
- 7.Boston CollegeI flip flopped back and forth with Cal Poly and BC for the 6 seed. I love big wins more than I punish losses to good teams, but the magnitude of the losses for BC ultimately lead me to putting them below. They have one of the best resumes of wins, and one of the most eye popping collection of losses. Certainly the team to beat in PCLL.
- 8.OregonLove the CSU win in Colorado on the second game of the trip. Hung tight with CU, not a poor showing but no credit for good losses. CSU win slides them up.
- 9.Grand CanyonNobody really deserves this spot, but I give GCU the nod based on two quality wins. CU win was great and balances out the UVU loss. The Cal Poly win doesn't equal the CSU/BC losses, but it probably does enough to get them in the top 10. I would argue having them anywhere between 9-13. They stay top 10 thanks to Virginia Tech confirming they are on a down year.
- 10.Colorado StateWins over Grand Canyon and Boise State. Losses to Oregon and Arizona. Not sure what to make of them yet, but I think they have still landed in the right spot for now.
- 11.Utah ValleyWin over Grand Canyon, losses to Chapman (#1) and Arizona (#4). Riding the wave of the GCU win, but that's more than anyone I have ranked below them can say. They will have plenty of chances to move up or down. UNLV was a solid win this weekend, but not marquee.
- 12.Arizona StateThe Oregon State win looks less impressive. That's their only meaningful win. Tough stretch coming up that will make or break their at-large chances, starting with a tough matchup in Provo vs BYU. They don't have any more mulligans if they are eyeing an at-large bid.
- 13.Oregon StateStanford win value is TBD based on what Stanford does moving forward. Sonoma loss hurts, and ASU loss looks worse this week. They might have slipped to #3 in the PNCLL. Boise State game is going to be huge.
- 14.StanfordThere are likely 3 other teams that have an argument for 14 & 15 (Sonoma and Boise come to mind), but Stanford gets it this week. Combo of UCSB win and history keeps them here. History is fading fast so they will get a chance to prove they belong vs Chapman in a few weeks.
- 15.Sonoma StateAgain, my bias is toward wins and not just "not losing". Good win against Oregon State sneaks them in, but it's a tenuous spot with the UCSB loss hanging heavy over the Seawolves. There is likely a good argument for a few other teams here, but none that have a top 15 win.