Below are the Top 25 High-Major rankings based on the Sagarin rankings for the week ending Jan. 17th, 2022.
Gonzaga starts out this poll not only in the top spot but also the top overall ranked team in the Sagarin rankings. The Bulldogs have Power Six wins over the Big 12’s Texas and Texas Tech, as well as the Pac-12’s UCLA. The lone two losses for the Zags were to the ACC’s Duke and SEC’s Alabama.
Houston starts this poll as the #2 spot and sit undefeated currently in the American Atheltic Conference. The Cougars are nearly as impressive as Gonzaga in the out-of-conference wins. Houston has wins over the ACC’s Virginia, Pac-12’s Oregon, and Big 12’s Oklahoma State.
BYU starts this ranking in the number three spot. These Cougars sit just behind Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference standings after falling to the Zags this past week. BYU though does have impressive wins over the Pac 12’s Oregon and Utah in their out-of-conference slate.
Colorado State comes in at the #4 spot in this opening poll. The Rams though do not currently sit atop of the Mountain West Conference standings as the Rams two weeks ago lost at San Diego State. However, CSU had two impressive Power Six wins in the out-of-conference earlier this year with road wins over the Big East’s Creighton and SEC’s Mississippi State.
Loyola-Chicago starts this poll in the fifth spot. The Ramblers currently sit atop of the Missouri Valley Conference rankings with an undefeated record. Loyola has three Power Six wins over Pac-12’s Arizona State, the Big East’s DePaul, and SEC’s Vanderbilt.
The High-Major conferences include AAC, A-10, Conference USA, Mountain West, West Coast, and Missouri Valley conferences.
Sagarin rankings provide the only rankings that actually ranks all Division I schools but our rankings will show just the High Major side of things and have been used for several years with his own computer ranking system to distinguish strength of schedule and strength of team when comparing teams.
You can see the full Division I Sagarin rankings at The USA Today and at Jeff’s site itself.
In the rankings, you will see the the High Major rankings first and the overall Division I ranking to the right of the the High Major ranking.
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