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Juco  | Rankings  | 3/1/2023

JUCO Top 25: March 1

Brian Sakowski      Troy Sutherland      Blaine Peterson      Cameron McElwaney     
With the calendar flipping to March, we figured an update to the JUCO Top 25 was in order, our first update since the preseason Top 50. We like to hold off for a solid month for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is trying hard not to work off of tiny samples of data, and we're not really in the business of jerking teams up and down the rankings every week depending on 1-2 games. That doesn't really make any sense to me, so we always opt to give it a month before returning to a weekly poll. 

That poll is below, with a fair bit of movement since the beginning of the season, starting with a usurper at No. 1. College of Central Florida came out of the gates like gangbusters and sit at 20-1, having ascended to the top spot in all the land. We were highest on CCF heading into the season (No. 3 overall) amongst the other relevant rankings (NJCAA, JBB), and that bullishness has paid off for us in the short term, with the Pats atop the country as of right now. 

Following CCF, preseason No. 1 Central Arizona drops to No. 2 overall, hardly a knock on their season to date but more of a nod to CCF's dominance. CAC has played a very tough schedule right out the gate and sitting with a .750 win percentage through the first 20 games is obviously impressive. McLennan was preseason No. 2 and they fell just the one spot to No. 3 as of this writing, with a similar story to CAC having played well through a very difficult schedule to start the spring. Iowa Western has made a big jump out of the gate, moving from No. 8 to No. 4 on the strength of an 8-0 start and no slowing down anywhere on the horizon. Walters State rounds out the top 5 at No. 5, up from a bearish preseason ranking of No. 14. 

It would have been hard for us to have been more impressed by Gulf Coast State than we were in PCB, and at 13-3 they take a huge jump from No. 22 preseason all the way to No. 6 overall, easily their highest ranking since I've been doing this. South Mountain out in Arizona took a big jump as well, rising up to No. 7 overall on the strength of a huge start at 16-4. Pearl River stays inside the top 10 at No. 8, our top-ranked NJCAA DII club still. San Jacinto dropped a few spots from their preseason perch but stay within the top 10 at No. 9, while Florence-Darlington rounds out the top 10 at No. 10, their highest ranking of the season to date with a record of 15-3. 

Other notables include LSU-Eunice at No. 11, they are up 6 spots from the preseason poll and sit at a standout 17-0. Likewise, San Joaquin Delta from NorCal is a huge riser to No. 12, as they also sit undefeated at 13-0. Johnson County jumped a handful of spots to No. 16 overall with a big start at 12-2, they are off to the best start of anyone in Kansas so far. Santa Fe out of Florida made the biggest leap, jumping from unranked preseason to No. 17 overall with a record of 23-0. Midland at No. 21 is another of the undefeated clubs at 12-0, and their jump from the 40's preseason to No. 21 now reflects that. 

Some notable departures from the preseason top 25 include Florida SouthWestern and Salt Lake, who have gotten off to slower starts than either would have liked, but the good news obviously is that this is a very long season, especially in the case of Salt Lake, who have not played a ton of games yet. 

It's been a fun start to the 2023 season, and we're excited to make this a weekly poll from now on. Our next Top 25 will be Tuesday, March 7th and then continuing on throughout the rest of the season every Tuesday. We appreciate you coming along on this journey with us. 

-Brian Sakowski

Rk. Team St. Rec.
1 Central Florida FL 20-1
2 Central Arizona AZ 15-5
3 McLennan TX 13-4
4 Iowa Western IA 8-0
5 Walters State TN 15-2
6 Gulf Coast State FL 13-3
7 South Mountain AZ 16-4
8 Pearl River MS 12-2
9 San Jacinto TX 13-6
10 Florence-Darlington SC 15-3
11 LSU-Eunice LA 17-0
12 San Joaquin Delta CA 13-0
13 Heartland IL 3-0
14 Crowder MO 11-4
15 Miami-Dade FL 13-6-1
16 Johnson County KS 12-2
17 Santa Fe FL 23-0
18 Cowley KS 2-4
19 Cochise AZ 13-6
20 Pensacola State FL 16-3
21 Midland TX 12-0
22 Folsom Lake CA 12-1
23 Northwest Florida State FL 11-6-1
24 Southern Nevada NV 12-4
25 Pima AZ 12-5