Defending champion Wake Forest is the top-ranked team in the first RPI index the NCAA released this fall.
St. John's and Louisville of the Big East are No. 2 and No. 3, while unbeaten
Loyola (Md.) of the MAAC is the surprise at No. 4.
for the complete RPI.)
Besides Wake Forest
and Loyola, the only other unbeaten teams are Northwestern, UIC and Saint Louis, which ranked No. 7, No. 22 and No. 34, respectively, in the RPI rankings released Tuesday.
The Big East
leads all conferences with five teams in the RPI's top 25.
Reflecting the parity in college soccer, 13 conferences are represented in the top 25. The others are the Big Ten (4 teams),
ACC (3), Big West (2), Missouri Valley (2), Conference USA (2), MAAC (1), Pac-10 (1), Atlantic 10 (1), CAA (1), Mid-American (1), Horizon (1) and Summit (1).
The most notable absentees
from the top 25 are the Ivy League (Dartmouth is 27th) and WCC (San Diego is 78th).
Other conferences with automatic bids without teams in the top 25 are America East, Atlantic Sun, MPSF,
Big South, Northeast, Patriot and Southern.
The RPI -- Ratings Percentage Index -- is the most important of the criteria it uses to determine the 48-team field for the NCAA Division I
Men's Tournament. The RPI is a mathematical formula designed to objectively compare results and strength of schedule.
On Monday, Nov. 17, the day after the end of the regular season, the
NCAA will announce the selection of the 26 at-large teams to go along with the 22 automatic qualifiers. (Click here for NCAA Tournament rules.) MEN'S
RPI (TOP 25)
(In parentheses is this week's Soccer America ranking)
1 Wake Forest
ACC (1) 2 St. John's
Big East (8) 3 Louisville
Big East (7) 4 Loyola (Md.)
MAAC (22) 5 Notre Dame
Big East (21) 6 Creighton
Valley (2) 7 Northwestern
Big Ten (5) 8 South Fla.
Big East (10) 9 UC
Big West (17) 10 California
Pac-10 (9) 11 Indiana
Big Ten (23) 12 Virginia
ACC (18) 13 Michigan
Big Ten (13)
14 Ohio St.
Big Ten (16) 15 SMU
Conference USA (T25) 16 UC Santa Barbara
Big West (15) 17
Big East (11) 18 Charlotte
Atlantic 10 (20) 19 William & Mary
CAA (NR) 20 Maryland
ACC (12) 21 Akron
Mid-American (3) 22 UIC
Horizon (4) 23 Drake
Missouri Valley (NR) 24 Tulsa
Conference USA (14) 25 Oakland