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The Top Five:

 

1. Texas

2. Stanford

3. Washington

4. Minnesota

5. Nebraska

 

 

Creighton is #9, for all you Jayskers out there.

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This is perhaps the first time that Creighton is ranked higher than Nebraska. I kinda think it happened a few years ago but I can't track it down.

 

 

 


 

EDIT - there it is, straight from Creighton's SID.  This is the first time Creighton has been ranked ahead of Nebraska. 

 

 

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I don't get this. Creighton is 7-2 with losses to #18 USC and #15 Purdue.

 

Nebraska is 7-2 with losses to #11 Oregon and #3 Florida.

 

But Creighton is still ranked ahead of Nebraska, despite losing this weekend to Purdue, while Nebraska ran #13 UCLA out of the gym not once, but twice.  How is that possible?

 

 

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On 9/11/2017 at 1:52 PM, knapplc said:

I don't get this. Creighton is 7-2 with losses to #18 USC and #15 Purdue.

 

Nebraska is 7-2 with losses to #11 Oregon and #3 Florida.

 

But Creighton is still ranked ahead of Nebraska, despite losing this weekend to Purdue, while Nebraska ran #13 UCLA out of the gym not once, but twice.  How is that possible?

 

 

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Creighton does have wins at #7 Washington and swept at # 9 Kansas as well. 

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They'll come back down to earth soon enough. And if Hunter stays healthy, we'll climb back to our normal top five spot.

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Huskers drop to #14 in the poll after losing to UNI over the weekend, and beating two lackluster opponents (UNO & Kansas State). 

 

Only silver lining - Creighton has fallen below Nebraska in the poll. 

 

As it should be.

 

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points Adjusted 2017 Record Previous Week
1 Minnesota (40) 1567 11-0 1
2 Penn State (13) 1535 10-0 2
3 Florida (10) 1489 7-0 3
4 Stanford (1) 1370 7-2 4
5 Wisconsin 1355 9-0 5
6 Texas 1303 7-2 6
7 Washington 1230 10-1 7
8 Oregon 1040 7-1 11
9 BYU 976 11-1 14
10 Kentucky 953 9-2 12
11 UCLA 916 7-2 13
12 Kansas 864 11-2 9
13 Purdue 837 10-1 15
14 Nebraska 818 7-3 10
15 Creighton 799 7-4 8
16 Utah 631 9-2 16
17 San Diego 586 7-3 17
18 Iowa State 477 9-1 19
19 Florida State 412 6-1 20
20 Michigan 388 10-2 21
21 Southern California 230 8-3 18
22 Northern Iowa 212 10-4 NR
23 Colorado State 157 10-2 22
24 Wichita State 116 8-3 NR
25 Colorado 106 10-1 NR

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After sweeping previously unbeaten Penn State at their house, the Huskers jump back into the Top Ten. Up from #14 to #8. 

 

The Big Ten has seven teams in the Top 25, including four of the top eight.

 

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points Adjusted 2017 Record Previous Week
1 Florida (58) 1592 9-0 3
2 Stanford (4) 1460 9-2 4
T-3 Minnesota (1) 1404 12-1 1
T-3 Penn State (1) 1404 11-1 2
5 Texas 1376 9-2 6
6 Washington 1289 12-1 7
7 Wisconsin 1206 10-1 5
8 Nebraska 1077 9-3 14
9 BYU 1063 13-1 9
10 Kentucky 1004 11-2 10
11 Kansas 885 12-2 12
12 Oregon 863 8-2 8
13 UCLA 853 8-3 11
14 Creighton 726 9-4 15
15 Utah 703 11-2 16
16 Michigan State 611 9-2 NR
17 San Diego 552 9-3 17
18 Iowa State 519 10-1 18
19 Purdue 502 11-2 13
20 Southern California 443 10-3 21
21 Florida State 308 8-2 19
22 Northern Iowa 225 12-4 22
23 Michigan 178 10-4 20
24 Colorado State 169 12-2 23
25 Wichita State 95 10-3 24

 

 

 

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From #14 to #4 in two weeks, thanks to beating three top-ten teams in 8 days. 

 

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points Adjusted 2017 Record Previous Week
1 Florida (60) 1596 11-0 1
2 Stanford (2) 1476 11-2 2
3 Penn State (2) 1469 13-1 3
4 Nebraska 1385 11-3 8
5 Texas 1378 11-2 5
6 Minnesota 1271 13-2 3
7 Wisconsin 1165 11-2 7
8 BYU 1128 15-1 9
9 Washington 1042 13-2 6
10 Kentucky 1024 12-2 10
11 Kansas 940 14-2 11
12 Creighton 791 11-4 14
13 UCLA 778 9-4 13
14 Michigan State 724 11-2 16
15 Southern California 700 12-3 20
16 Oregon 688 9-3 12
17 Utah 595 12-3 15
18 Purdue 527 13-2 19
19 San Diego 509 10-4 17
20 Iowa State 433 11-2 18
21 Northern Iowa 284 14-4 22
22 Michigan 229 12-4 23
23 Colorado State 188 14-2 24
24 Wichita State 132 12-3 25
25 Colorado 121 12-3 NR

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Cal Poly 54; Western Kentucky 53; Florida State 24; Illinois 24; Baylor 19; Ohio State 9; Notre Dame 5

 

 

 

That's nine of the 14 Big Ten teams in the top 31 in the nation. 

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As the wins keep mounting, the Huskers stay in the Top Five.  This week's poll:

 

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points Adjusted 2017 Record Previous Week
1 Florida (61) 1597 13-0 1
2 Penn State (1) 1482 15-1 3
3 Stanford (2) 1474 13-2 2
4 Nebraska 1404 13-3 4
5 Texas 1366 12-2 5
6 Minnesota 1286 15-2 6
7 BYU 1183 17-1 8
8 Kentucky 1110 14-2 10
9 Kansas 993 16-2 11
10 Michigan State 973 12-3 14
11 Wisconsin 944 11-4 7
12 UCLA 867 11-4 13
13 Utah 848 14-3 17
14 Washington 832 14-3 9
15 Oregon 673 10-4 16
16 Purdue 658 15-2 18
17 Creighton 564 12-5 12
18 San Diego 530 12-4 19
19 Southern California 484 13-4 15
20 Northern Iowa 351 16-4 21
21 Colorado State 309 16-2 23
22 Wichita State 241 14-3 24
23 Iowa State 185 11-3 20
24 Cal Poly 133 16-2 NR
25 Baylor 91 15-4 NR

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Western Kentucky 81; Michigan 47; Colorado 18; Marquette 13; Illinois 10; Missouri State 8; Pittsburgh 3

 

Eight of the 14 teams in the Big Ten are in the top 30, including five in the top 11. 


 

 

 

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On 9/14/2017 at 8:44 AM, knapplc said:

They'll come back down to earth soon enough. And if Hunter stays healthy, we'll climb back to our normal top five spot.

 

This was from a month ago.....   good call.

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Here's the latest poll. The Huskers fall a few spots after losing at Wisconsin, snapping their seven-match Big Ten win streak. 

 

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points Adjusted 2017 Record Previous Week
1 Penn State (48) 1582 17-1 2
2 Stanford (12) 1536 15-2 3
3 Texas (1) 1428 14-2 5
4 Florida (2) 1395 14-1 1
5 Minnesota 1337 17-2 6
6 Kentucky (1) 1267 16-2 8
7 Nebraska 1240 14-4 4
8 BYU 1155 19-1 7
9 Wisconsin 1069 13-4 11
10 Michigan State 974 13-4 10
11 Kansas 963 16-3 9
12 Utah 895 16-3 13
13 UCLA 860 12-5 12
14 Washington 685 15-4 14
15 Oregon 639 11-5 15
16 Creighton 616 14-5 17
17 Purdue 598 15-4 16
18 San Diego 551 14-4 18
19 Southern California 491 14-5 19
20 Colorado State 366 18-2 21
21 Wichita State 283 16-3 22
22 Iowa State 209 12-4 23
23 Cal Poly 177 17-2 24
24 Baylor 151 16-4 25
25 Northern Iowa 105 17-5 20

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Western Kentucky 92; Illinois 33; Missouri State 32; Michigan 19; Colorado 15; Pittsburgh 14; Oregon State 10; VCU 7

 

Nebraska is 14-4 on the season, with losses to #25 Northern Iowa, #15 Oregon, #4 Florida and #9 Wisconsin.  Half of Nebraska's 14 wins have come against ranked opponents, including current #1 Penn State, which Nebraska swept in Happy Valley.

 

Half of the top ten teams are from the Big Ten, and two of the top five. Eight of the conferences 14 teams are in the top 30.

 

Nebraska continues conference play with matches against Northwestern and Illinois at the Devaney Center. 

 

 

 

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Nebraska remains in a holding pattern at No. 7.  Everyone above us won, so we're still here for another week.

 

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points Adjusted 2017 Record Previous Week
1 Penn State (56) 1591 21-1 1
2 Stanford (8) 1538 19-2 2
3 Texas 1439 17-2 3
4 Florida 1388 18-1 4
5 Minnesota 1342 21-2 5
6 Kentucky 1276 19-2 6
7 Nebraska 1267 18-4 7
8 Wisconsin 1108 15-6 9
9 Michigan State 1057 16-5 10
10 BYU 993 21-2 8
11 Washington 960 18-5 14
12 Kansas 819 19-4 11
13 San Diego 810 17-4 18
14 Creighton 748 18-5 16
15 Utah 627 17-6 12
16 Oregon 587 14-6 15
17 Southern California 514 16-7 19
18 UCLA 483 13-8 13
19 Iowa State 458 16-4 22
20 Colorado State 442 22-2 20
21 Wichita State 324 20-3 21
22 Purdue 310 17-6 17
23 Cal Poly 264 21-2 23
24 Baylor 155 18-5 24
25 Western Kentucky 103 25-2 NR

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Colorado 92; Missouri State 40; Illinois 20; Oregon State 18; Northern Iowa 12; VCU 10


That's five Big Ten teams in the Top Ten, six in the Top 25. 

 

Nebraska has beaten every other Big Ten team in the Top Ten, including a sweep at home of #1 Penn State. 

 

 

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Movin' on up!  Huskers go up one spot after another weekend sweep. Last week's victims were #22 Purdue and unranked Indiana. 

 

Purdue benefitted from losing to Nebraska by also rising one spot, from #22 to #21 this week. 

 

Yes, it's true - there actually are unranked teams in the Big Ten.  Honest.

 

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points Adjusted 2017 Record Previous Week
1 Penn State (56) 1592 23-1 1
2 Stanford (8) 1539 21-2 2
3 Texas 1424 19-2 3
4 Florida 1417 20-1 4
5 Minnesota 1349 23-2 5
6 Nebraska 1289 20-4 7
7 Kentucky 1223 20-3 6
8 Michigan State 1085 17-6 9
9 BYU 1061 23-2 10
10 Wisconsin 971 16-7 8
11 Kansas 901 20-4 12
12 San Diego 883 19-4 13
13 Washington 828 19-6 11
14 Creighton 758 20-5 14
15 Utah 624 18-7 15
16 Oregon 609 15-7 16
17 Southern California 573 18-7 17
18 UCLA 511 15-8 18
19 Colorado State 444 24-2 20
20 Wichita State 338 22-3 21
21 Purdue 265 18-7 22
22 Cal Poly 247 22-2 23
23 Baylor 240 20-5 24
24 Iowa State 232 17-5 19
25 Colorado 191 19-6 NR

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Western Kentucky 111; Missouri State 36; Illinois 16; Oregon State 16; VCU 12; Northern Iowa 5

 

 

Six Big Ten teams are ranked right now, including five in the Top Ten. 

 

 

 

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A note on the remainder of the Huskers' schedule.  Nebraska has six matches left before the end of the regular season.  They have, by far, already faced the toughest part of their conference schedule.  Eight of the Huskers' first 14 opponents were ranked at the time they played Nebraska.  The Huskers have one conference loss - to Wisconsin - but have already played and beaten each of the top seven teams in the conference.

 

The average RPI of the Husker's first 14 opponents was 44.7.  Their combined record is 229-115 (.665 winning percentage)

 

The average RPI of the Huskers' last six opponents is 77.3.  Their combined record is 79-77 (.506 winning percentage)

 

We've already played three of our final six opponents, all three were 3-0 sweeps.  The toughest opponent left on the schedule according to RPI is Ohio State at #31. The toughest opponent by record is Maryland at 16-10.

 

That's all a long-winded way of saying that Nebraska is looking pretty good for a conference championship right now.  We have six matches left against the bottom of the conference, and we hold the tiebreaker over the Nos. 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6 teams in the conference. 

 

 

 

And remember kids - this is a rebuilding year.  We lost the Rolfzen twins, Justine Wong-Orantes & Andie Malloy after last year's conference championship, and we started the season 0-2.  We also lost all of our assistant coaches from last year - Chris (& Jen) Tamas are coaching Illinois (they're 18-7 this year) and Dani Busboom-Kelly who is now head coach at Louisville (they're 18-6).

 

This was the year the Big Ten was supposed to take advantage of our youth.  Oops.

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Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points Adjusted 2017 Record Previous Week
1 Penn State (64) 1600 25-1 1
2 Texas  1489 21-2 3
3 Florida 1479 22-1 4
4 Stanford 1395 22-3 2
5 Nebraska 1360 22-4 6
6 Kentucky 1263 22-3 7
7 Minnesota 1204 24-3 5
8 Michigan State 1130 19-6 8
9 BYU 1077 25-2 9
10 Washington 1020 21-6 13
11 San Diego 943 21-4 12
12 Wisconsin 817 17-8 10
13 Creighton 781 22-5 14
14 Southern California 719 20-7 17
15 Purdue 711 20-7 21
16 Kansas 670 21-5 11
17 Utah 571 19-8 15
18 UCLA 482 16-9 18
19 Baylor 444 21-5 23
20 Oregon 367 16-8 16
21 Wichita State 361 24-3 20
22 Cal Poly 329 24-2 22
23 Iowa State 192 18-6 24
24 Colorado State 172 25-3 19
25 Missouri State 75 24-5 NR

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Colorado 68; Western Kentucky 23; Oregon State 20; VCU 19; Illinois 9; North Texas 4; Louisville 3

 

 

 

Six ranked Big Ten teams this week, including four of the top eight and six of the top 15 teams in the country. 

 

Huskers move up a spot again this week thanks to Minnesota's four-set loss at #15 Purdue. The Boilermakers also swept #12 Wisconsin on the weekend allowing them to jump six spots in the polls.  Wisconsin, you may recall, is the only Big Ten team to have beaten Nebraska this year.

 

There are no off weeks in the Big Ten.

 

 

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Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Huskers are at #5 in this week's AVCA poll.

 

Because the Big Ten is stupid, the Huskers and Penn State are tied atop the conference. Nebraska and Penn State played head-to-head just once this year, in Happy Valley, where the Huskers TROUNCED the Nittany Lions in a 3-0 sweep. With one weekend (two matches) left in the regular season, the Huskers just need to win out to earn a share of the Big Ten Championship.  So, even though we absolutely owned Penn State head-to-head, that doesn't matter and they'll get a share of our conference title - again, because the Big Ten is stupid.

 

So here's this week's poll.  More below...

 

 

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points Adjusted 2017 Record Previous Week
1 Penn State (64) 1600 27-1 1
2 Texas 1499 22-2 2
3 Florida 1471 23-1 3
4 Stanford 1414 24-3 4
5 Nebraska 1364 24-4 5
6 Kentucky 1278 24-3 6
7 BYU 1179 27-2 9
8 Minnesota 1098 25-4 7
9 San Diego 1038 23-4 11
10 Michigan State 984 20-7 8
11 Wisconsin 924 19-8 12
12 Washington 899 22-7 10
13 Southern California 813 21-8 14
14 Kansas 716 22-6 16
15 Utah 665 21-8 17
16 Purdue 617 21-8 15
17 Creighton 562 23-6 13
18 Baylor 528 23-5 19
19 UCLA 504 17-10 18
20 Wichita State 395 26-3 21
21 Cal Poly 359 26-2 22
22 Iowa State 231 20-6 23
23 Colorado State 178 27-3 24
24 Oregon 151 16-10 20
25 Missouri State 94 26-5 25

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Colorado 59; Michigan 52; Oregon State 48; Western Kentucky 30; VCU 22; Illinois 18; Louisville 9

 

That's still six Big Ten teams in the top 16 teams, including four in the Top 10.  Michigan and Illinois are in the "others receiving votes," and

 

 

Nebraska's last two opponents are Northwestern and Iowa, both at the Devaney Center.  Nebraska has played both teams already this year, on the road. Both matches were 3-0 sweeps.  Nebraska has not lost a single game to Iowa in 17 straight matches.  So that's probably a win.  Northwestern is 14-16 overall, and should also pose no problem.

 

Penn State's last two opponents are #11 Wisconsin and #8 Minnesota.  While Nebraska's remaining opponents are 32-29 overall, Penn State's are a combined 44-12. Both matches are on the road. The match between Penn State and Minnesota will be the teams' first meeting this year.  Penn State beat Wisconsin 3-1 in Happy Valley a month ago. If Penn State loses either match, Nebraska is likely the lone Big Ten Champion.

 

So you're Gopher and Badger fans for one week, and I don't want to see any complaining about this, you hear me?

 

 

 

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Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total Points Adjusted 2017 Record Previous Week
1 Nebraska (64) 1600 32-4 5
2 Florida 1524 30-2 3
3 Penn State 1479 33-2 1
4 Stanford 1413 30-4 4
5 Texas 1315 27-3 2
6 Kentucky 1275 29-4 6
7 Southern California 1176 25-10 14
8 Michigan State 1136 24-9 12
9 BYU 1091 30-3 7
10 Minnesota 979 28-6 8
11 Utah 948 24-10 13
12 Wisconsin 903 22-10 11
13 San Diego 766 25-5 9
14 UCLA 739 21-11 17
15 Washington 639 25-8 10
16 Creighton 561 26-7 15
17 Illinois 527 23-11 NR
18 Purdue 492 23-10 16
19 Colorado 443 24-10 NR
20 Missouri 377 22-12 NR
21 Baylor 321 24-7 18
22 Cal Poly 264 27-3 21
23 Wichita State 214 29-4 20
24 Colorado State 170 29-4 23
25 Iowa State 147 22-7 22

 

Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Western Kentucky 107; Kansas 73; Oregon 58; Pittsburgh 20; Northern Iowa 19; Missouri State 12; Miami (FL) 5

 

 

So here's the post-mortem on the 2017 season.  Nebraska receives all 64 first-place votes to finish the season, as they should, since they beat the pants off everyone in the tournament. 
 

Nebraska played eight matches against teams ranked in the final Top 10.  They went 7-1 against those teams, with their only loss coming against Florida in the second match of the season without Kelly Hunter. 

 

The Nos. 2, 3, 6, 8 & 10 teams combined for 23 total losses on the year.  Nebraska accounted for seven of those, or just under 1/3 of all of their combined losses. 

 

Penn State & Florida combined for four total losses on the season.  Nebraska was three of them.  The only other loss was Florida losing to Kentucky - the team Nebraska beat in the Regional Finals.

 

Nebraska was Florida's second win and final loss. 

 

Nebraska ended the seasons of the Nos. 2, 3, 6 & 19 teams in the final poll.

 

The Big Ten finished with seven of the Top 25 teams, including four of the Top 10. The Pac-12 finished with six ranked teams, including two in the Top 10. The SEC had three ranked teams, including two in the Top six (Nebraska trounced both of them).  The Big XII had three ranked teams, only one (Texas) in the Top 10. 

 

Creighton finished the season ranked #16 at 26-7.  Nebraska and Creighton have promised to renew their rivalry next season. 

 

A Big Ten team held the #1 ranking for the final eight weeks of the season.

 

Edited by knapplc

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Florida has been the darling team all year, even holding the #1 spot for a while after Nebraska beat Penn State. 

 

Penn State should have been #2.  Put the Nittany Lions against Florida or Kentucky on a neutral court (away from those awful Husker fans that vex them all so much) and Penn State beats them both. 

 

I have no idea why the Volleyball world doesn't recognize the supremacy of the Big Ten this year.  It's been a weird year. 

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The national championship game happened in the semi-finals.  Florida was not beating either PSU or Nebraska.  Fla had 5 days to prep for Stanford and they played well.  The one day prep for Nebraska was not enough and I doubt if one week would have been enough.

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The NCAA's RPI model is badly flawed.  The SEC is a third- or fourth-tier volleyball conference but they had two of the top four teams in the RPI, including the #1 team. 

 

Um... no.

 

Average NCAA RPI rank of Florida's SEC opponents was 61.83.  Nebraska's was 56.85.  So the NCAA would have us believe that Nebraska's Big Ten schedule was as difficult as Florida's SEC schedule. But no way. 

 

The SEC has two teams in the RPI Top 25. The Big Ten has seven. 

 

The SEC has six teams in the RPI Top 50.  The Big Ten has ten, and Maryland is #51. 

 

Penn State, Nebraska, Minnesota & Michigan State would each win the SEC outright if they were in that conference this year. Wisconsin and Illinois would be strong contenders. 

 

There is just no way on this planet that Florida and/or Kentucky deserve these rankings. 

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I mean, by the NCAA's own RPI, Nebraska & Florida have each played 27 teams ranked in the top 100. 

 

Nebraska's average opponent RPI is 26.92.

 

Florida's average opponent RPI is 39.92.

 

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

 

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