Stanford back to No. 1 in new Relative Strength Factor rankings

Stanford for the second time in the last three weeks is atop the Off the Block Relative Strength Factor rankings.

Stanford jumped up two spots to No. 1 in this week’s new RSF rankings that Off the Block released Monday.


The RSF is a mathematical equation created by Off the Block to give an accurate representation of the best Division I-II men’s volleyball teams in the nation. The formula is similar to the Ratings Percentage Index used in other NCAA sports, but it is customized to reflect the differences in NCAA men’s volleyball.

The Cardinals (11-2, 8-1 MPSF) jump in the rankings resulted from it sweeping No. 2 UC Irvine on the road Friday. Stanford also defeated UC San Diego on Saturday to conclude its season-long 10-match road trip.

UC Irvine following its loss to Stanford dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 in the rankings. In addition, Lewis, UCLA and BYU round-out the top five spots in the RSF.

The RSF will be updated each Monday on the Off the Block website throughout the regular season.

The RSF was created independently of the NCAA and is not one of the criteria the selection committee uses to determine the one at-large team and seeding for the NCAA Tournament. For more on how a team’s RSF is calculated, check out the full RSF formula breakdown.

Off the Block Relative Strength Factor rankings — Feb. 20
1. Stanford — 2.824
2. Lewis — 2.611
3. UC Irvine — 2.602
4. UCLA — 2.231
5. BYU — 2.132
6. USC — 2.119
7. Penn State — 1.907
8. Loyola — 1.860
9. Ohio State — 1.629
10. Long Beach State — 1.516
11. Hawai’i — 1.445
12. George Mason — 1.423
13. Ball State — 1.324
T-14. UC Santa Barbara — 1.289
T-14. Pfeiffer — 1.289
16. Cal Baptist — 1.262
17. Pacific — 1.238
18. Grand Canyon — 1.184
19. Pepperdine — 1.119
20. Cal State Northridge — 1.038
21. Limestone — 1.070
22. St. Francis — 1.015
23. Harvard — 1.013
24. Quincy — 0.945
25. IPFW — 0.931
26. NJIT — 0.913
27. Lees-McRae — 0.791
28. Mount Olive — 0.747
29. UC San Diego — 0.697
30. Princeton — 0.650
31. Lindenwood — 0.562
32. King — 0.441
33. Rutgers-Newark — 0.130
34. Sacred Heart — 0.002
35. Barton — -0.944