College Gym News Preseason Poll

As we anxiously await the official preseason coaches poll for 2021 on Road to Nationals and all the drama and laughs it will surely bring, we decided to conduct our own poll to determine team rankings for the upcoming season in a similar vein to the AP Top 25 for college football.

Our methodology is simple. Each editor that wanted to participate submitted their top 36 teams for the 2021 season. Lists were submitted privately and no discussion was allowed beforehand to be able to produce as unbiased and accurate a ranking as possible. We then assigned a numerical value to each place, with each editor’s first-place team earning 36 points, second place taking 35 points and so on until No. 36. Each team’s points were then added up to determine the overall order.

The top 36, their point totals and the amount of first-place votes where applicable, can be found below, as well as teams that earned points but did not make the top 36.

Does your order match up with ours? Where would you make changes? Let us know your top 36 in the comments or on social media! Finally, stay tuned for the announcement of the official 2021 preseason coaches poll on Road to Nationals, which should be released in the coming weeks.

Finally, interested in the reasoning behind some of our decisions? Stay tuned for our roundtable on Friday where we share some of our reasoning.

TeamTotal Points
1. Florida (11 first-place votes)501
2. Oklahoma (3 first-place votes)488
3. Michigan464
4. Utah461
5. UCLA448
6. LSU443
7. California420
8. Denver399
9. Minnesota389
10. Alabama388
11. Georgia362
12. Auburn308
13. Washington305
14. Kentucky291
15. Oregon State288
16. Missouri286
17. BYU285
18. Arkansas280
19. Iowa State236
20. Nebraska207
21. Illinois205
22. Southern Utah193
23. Stanford188
24. Iowa186
25. Arizona State185
26. N.C. State177
27. Boise State159
28. Maryland149
29. Arizona118
30. Penn State99
31. Michigan State92
32. Utah State82
33. Ohio State80
34. West Virginia51
35. North Carolina25
36. George Washington23
37. UC Davis23
Other teams receiving votes: Pittsburgh (15), Central Michigan (15), Western Michigan (5), New Hampshire (3), Kent State (1), Rutgers (1)

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Votes cast by Elizabeth Grimsley, Emily Minehart, Brandis Heffner, Rebecca Scally, Katie Walsh, Claire Billman, Katherine Weaver, Mary Emma Burton, Emily Howell-Forbes, Talitha Ilacqua, Rachel Riesterer, Kalley Leer, Tara Graeve and Jenna King

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4 comments

  1. Honestly a little surprised by that top 10, especially Michigan! I’m looking forward to seeing some more changes in the rankings this year.
    Do you guys have any resources with freshman analysis and rankings for the freshman starting this season??

    1. Hi Genna, We don’t have any freshman ratings for this class, but we did produce our most anticipated freshmen series this year, which you can find here.

  2. I agree that Florida should be the favorite going into the season with all the losses that Oklahoma incurred. I would love to see Michigan sneak in and win their first national title, as I think this has to be the year before Florida becomes a dynasty for 4-5 years. I’d also love to see LSU get their first title, but I don’t see the scoring potential on that team to really do so.

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