While we all obsess over the official rankings, we all know they don’t always tell the whole story. When you factor in some DIII lowballing, conservative Big Ten judges and the occasional (frequent?) Carol-ing in the SEC, a teams’ ranking doesn’t always accurately reflect how they’ll match up against another squad. So, we present to you our Power Rankings, our de facto way of ranking who’s hot and who’s not and what you can expect from our top 20 teams.
With the 2020 season abruptly ending nearly a month ahead of schedule, it’s natural to have already started thinking about 2021—which is unfortunately way too far away. I certainly have, and have been looking at each team’s incoming freshmen and lost NQS routines trying to anticipate which teams we can expect to contend for titles and who we can expect to take a step back. While a lot of the top 10 teams from my last power rankings keep a spot in the top 10, we do see quite a shuffle amongst them. A couple new teams are also starting to materialize toward breaking into the top 20, so we could be in store for quite a few surprises next season as well.
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Article by Brandis Heffner
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