After posting the first 198 of the season for any team, Florida remained in the No. 1 spot another week. Oklahoma and Michigan also still hold onto their positions. However, Alabama leaped UCLA with a strong showing at Florida while the Bruins did not compete before the new rankings were released. LSU, Utah, Arkansas, Boise State and Auburn round out the top 10. Boise State's ninth-place position is its highest ranking ever.
It's time for the fifth edition of the Recruiting Roundup. We take a look at all of January's verbal commitments from our featured teams, including stats on their careers so far as well as videos.
Last week was full of cancelled meets and upsets. And there weren’t even that many good matchups going in. This week there are more. With top ranked teams facing off and lots of other exciting competitions, there’s lots to look forward to. As always, we took a look at the top meets and picked who we thought would come out on top. We also previewed a handful of other notable competitions and provide links to all the scores and video streams you need for the weekend’s events.
The records so far for our 2016 season college pick em are as follows: Emily (11-4), Elizabeth (12-3), fan vote (10-5).
But we don’t want to be the only ones with opinions. We want to hear yours too! So play along by answering who you think will win each matchup in our Twitter polls. And if you feel strongly about your choices, feel free to let us know in the comments below.
No. 5 Alabama at No. 1 Florida: Friday, January 29 at 7 p.m. ET
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This competition is set up to be a good one. Alabama will have something to prove after a half-beamplosion Friday night against Arkansas. Florida will also be back home, so that’s really all that needs to be said on that subject. But in all seriousness, the Gators will be looking to hone in on those landings, handstands and small errors we’re still seeing in some of the routines. Bridget Sloan had a very un-Bridget Sloan moment on beam, so expect her to be back in butter-princess form again. The vault lineup needs to start thinking about more difficulty as well. It’s time for Sloan to bust out the one and a half. While other teams are slowly adding 10.0 start values to their repertoires, the Gators are lagging behind. The Crimson Tide needs to start shoring up its lineups. We’re all for exploring depth, but it’s getting to be that time where consistency is key. Especially against a No. 1 Florida team at home.
Another week, another round of leotards to judge. And there were definitely some interesting ones this go round. From rhinestone hogs to mesh, we saw a little bit of everything this weekend. As always, we’ve got some simple criteria for judging the leos: up to three points for design; two points for fabric, sparkle, etc.; and two points for school spirit; three points for overall appearance. We’ll be looking at leotards we saw that caught our eye — in either a good way or a bad one. Then we’ll tally up the scores and average them with the previous week’s. So by the end of the season, we’ll know for sure which team has the best leotards (according to us) and which teams not to much. We want to know what you thought too (or if we forgot one of your favorites from this weekend)! Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter.
Rankings are starting to shape up but are still all over the place. So get ready for the third power rankings of the season. This week we put teams into tiers based on what character from Harry Potter their 2016 season resembles. Let's not stall any longer. Here are our January 26 rankings. Let us know who you have in your top 15 and what Harry Potter characters you think they take after in the comments or on Twitter.
These teams have it going on. They’ve been there, done that and are showing they’ll be right in the mix yet again. Like Hermione’s I-can-master-everything-but-a-patronus-charm attitude, both Florida and Oklahoma aren’t wasting any time showing people they’re in it to win it this year.
Days until the 2017 National Championships