UC Irvine, USC sit atop new Relative Strength Factor rankings

USC’s rise continues in the Off the Block Relative Strength Factor rankings.

The Trojans after extending their nation-best winning streak to 10 with two victories last week jumped two spots to No. 2 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.

This is the highest RSF ranking for the Trojans. USC last week defeated No. 2 UCLA and UC Santa Barbara and is in fourth place in the MPSF.

UC Irvine remained No. 1 in the RSF for the third consecutive week. In addition, Lewis, Stanford and UCLA round-out the top five in this week’s 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 — March 19
1. UC Irvine — 2.693
2. USC — 2.419
3. Lewis — 2.314
4. Stanford — 2.298
5. UCLA — 2.228
6. Penn State — 2.048
7. BYU — 1.973
8. Ohio State — 1.834
9. Hawai’i — 1.724
10. Pepperdine — 1.673
11. Cal Baptist — 1.583
12. Long Beach — 1.565
13. George Mason — 1.542
14. Loyola — 1.494
15. Pacific — 1.344
16. Harvard — 1.321
17. Cal State Northridge — 1.317
18. UC Santa Barbara — 1.309
19. Ball State — 1.297
20. Grand Canyon — 1.280
21. Mount Olive — 1.057
22. St. Francis — 0.986
23. IPFW — 0.962
24. Limestone — 0.939
25. NJIT — 0.928
26. UC San Diego — 0.840
27. Limestone — 0.790
28. Pfeiffer — 0.769
29. Lees-McRae — 0.727
30. Quincy — 0.723
31. Princeton — 0.701
32. King — 0.360
33. Rutgers-Newark — 0.357
34. Sacred Heart — -0.068
35. Barton — -1.058