Some readers might be asking “What the heck is this RPI thing?” Don’t worry, it’s confusing and for a long time I was quite clueless about it myself.
RPI stands for “Rating Percentage Index” and it’s a formula that is used to rank the NCAA women’s soccer teams at the end of the season for purposes of creating a 64 team bracket for the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.
The 30 conference champs receive automatic placement into the 64 team NCAA tournament at the end of the year. This leaves 34 positions to be filled via an at large selection based on all the teams’ RPI numbers (or more specifically their “Adjusted RPI” numbers”). I’m going to avoid getting into what the difference is between RPI and Adjusted RPI, but if you want to look under the hood, a ton of information is available here:
The link above takes you to a site that can tell you all you want to know about RPI and the selection criteria for the 64 team NCAA tournament.
And so with all of that said, let’s have a way-too-early look at Texas’ position in the RPI numbers. This look comes via AWK. Today, Chris at AWK published an article which, among other things, looks at the RPI in the Big 12.
Again, this is way, way too early, but for you RPI followers out there (and I’d have to say that Chris might be the de-facto president of the way to early RPI followers society) I’d guess it’s probably never too early. ..Okay, I’ll put myself down as a member.. Texas has a current RPI of 73.
(As a point of reference, last year Texas finished the regular season with an overall record of 11-4-4. Our final RPI number was I believe 25 which was enough to get Texas into the NCAA tournament.)
I’m a big AWK reader and I appreciate all of the early looks there at everything. For RPI, I guess it’s probably kind of a fun distraction, especially on a weekend when Longhorn Soccer doesn’t have much going on.
Note: If you’d like to follow the RPI numbers during the rest of the season, go to this database. Once there, click on the “Adjusted RPI” header in the top row twice to sort the list from highest to lowest.