NCAA Soccer – Non-Conference Snapshots – Big West and Others

Big Sky

190 – Northern Colorado
245 – Sacramento State
253 – Weber State
263 – Portland State
265 – Montana
274 – Idaho State
297 – Northern Arizona (D – @TCU)
321 – Eastern Washington

It has not been a good year for the Big Sky Conference. Most of the league is currently stationed under the 250 mark in the RPI, with only Northern Colorado currently in the RPI Top 200. Really, the only non-conference result worth mentioning is Northern Arizona’s shock draw at TCU, and even that might be pushing it a bit.

Big West

42 – UC Irvine (W – @Texas A&M, D – vs Santa Clara, W – Portland, W – @San Diego)
62 – Long Beach State (W – @San Diego)
75 – Cal State Fullerton (W – San Diego)
80 – Cal Poly (D – Pepperdine)
124 – Cal State Northridge (W – @Loyola Marymount)
138 – UC Davis
144 – UC Santa Barbara
208 – Pacific
224 – UC Riverside

UC Irvine’s got the profile to make it into the Big Dance in all likelihood if they’re on the bubble, while their conference mates can’t really say the same. Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton are both talented teams whose resumes seem built on the backs of victory over a collapsing San Diego. The league on the whole looks very competitive again this year, meaning Irvine might get some NCAA Tournament company if someone catches fire late.

MAAC

79 – Fairfield
111 – Siena
127 – Marist
161 – Rider
183 – Loyola (MD)
199 – Canisius
238 – Manhattan
291 – Niagara
315 – St. Peter’s
317 – Iona (D – Seton Hall)

Fairfield is currently top of the MAAC, and not Siena or Canisius like some may have expected at the beginning of the season. Though the Stags remain outsiders for the title, their decent season so far and some rocky results from Canisius means the MAAC could be a little more unpredictable than we had previously believed. There’s still precious few significant results that catch the eye though, with Iona’s shocking draw against Seton Hall perhaps a surprise contender for the league’s top result so far.

Mountain West

77 – TCU
78 – New Mexico (D – @Alabama)
108 – San Diego State (W – Portland, D – UCF, D – Long Beach State)
226 – Wyoming
241 – UNLV
278 – Boise State
286 – Air Force

TCU continues to mystify with their reign atop the Mountain West’s RPI rankings despite a glaring lack of significant results. New Mexico is right behind them and isn’t that much better off despite plenty of hard fought matches against tough opponents and many close calls. San Diego State actually has the best results by far out of any of the conference members, but their inconsistency has proven to be their down fall, with losses to Seattle and UC Santa Barbara effectively proving to be the nail in their at-large bid coffin. The other four clubs in the league? Well, the less said, the better in all honesty, as the Mountain West’s non-conference RPI erosion as a whole has been plainly evident this year.

Southland

74 – Stephen F. Austin
122 – Texas State
181 – McNeese State
193 – UTSA
229 – Sam Houston State
233 – Northwestern State
258 – Southeastern Louisiana
261 – Nicholls State
289 – Lamar
312 – Central Arkansas

SFA’s voodoo-like command of the RPI continues intact, though the LadyJacks haven’t exactly recorded a result of note as of yet. UTSA have righted the ship somewhat after a gruesome start, while preseason league faves Southeastern Louisiana continue to linger a bit lower thanks to some soft non-conference scheduling. Some of those loftier RPIs are likely to take a bit of a tumble though with the bottom few teams in the league among the worst in DI at the moment.

SWAC

282 – Alcorn State
287 – Arkansas-Pine Bluff
301 – Alabama State
303 – Prairie View
305 – Alabama A&M
306 – Southern
307 – Mississippi Valley State
313 – Jackson State
318 – Grambling
319 – Texas Southern

Grumble all you want about the state of the league, but who can’t be happy that Arkansas-Pine Bluff was able to break the league’s embarrassing winless run in non-conference play last weekend? The Lady Lions will probably open SWAC play as favorites to win the league’s auto bid as well.

WAC

58 – Utah State (W – Rice)
66 – Fresno State (D – @Loyola Marymount, D – Pepperdine)
150 – Louisiana Tech
198 – New Mexico State
218 – Idaho
239 – Hawaii
281 – San Jose State
288 – Nevada

Utah State and defending WAC Tournament champs Fresno State are heads and tails above the rest of the league, though the former is fading quick, while the latter may be gaining steam after a draw against Pepperdine. The rest of the league is looking a little threadbare at the moment. Idaho has perhaps not been as strong as expected by most and is languishing in the bottom half of the league’s RPI. I also picked San Jose State to win the WAC…that…that is not working out so well, is it?

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