Stanford remains No. 1 in new Relative Strength Factor rankings

A weekend loss was not enough to knock off Stanford from the top of the Off the Block Relative Strength Factor rankings.

Stanford despite losing in five games to No. 6 USC on Saturday was able to remain No. 1 for the second straight week in the 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 Cardinal (12-3, 9-2 MPSF) loss to the Trojans snapped a MPSF-best eight-match winning streak. USC (9-4, 7-4 MPSF) following the upset jumped up two spots to No. 4 in the RSF rankings.

Along with Stanford and USC, Lewis at No. 2, UC Irvine at No. 3 and UCLA at No. 5 round-out the top five of the RSF rankings.

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. 27
1. Stanford — 2.687
2. Lewis — 2.667
3. UC Irvine — 2.567
4. USC — 2.230
5. UCLA — 2.188
6. Penn State — 1.965
7. BYU — 1.893
8. Ohio State — 1.827
9. Loyola — 1.698
10. UC Santa Barbara — 1.617
11. Long Beach State — 1.560
12. Hawai’i — 1.445
13. George Mason — 1.366
14. Cal Baptist — 1.314
15. Ball State — 1.293
16. Pepperdine — 1.258
17. Pfeiffer — 1.255
18. Cal State Northridge — 1.189
19. Pacific — 1.157
20. IPFW — 1.067
21. Harvard — 1.059
22. Princeton — 0.995
23. Grand Canyon — 0.991
24. Quincy — 0.922
25. St. Francis — 0.914
26. Limestone — 0.906
27. NJIT — 0.856
28. Mount Olive — 0.816
29. Lees-McRae — 0.738
30. Lindenwood — 0.621
31. UC San Diego — 0.559
32. King — 0.449
33. Rutgers-Newark — 0.302
34. Sacred Heart — 0.039
35. Barton — -1.058