1-22-2013 Alabama Tops NFCA Pre-season poll

Defending Champ Alabama Starts 2013 at No. 1 in USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Preseason Poll

January 22, 2013

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Alabama Crimson Tide will start the 2013 campaign in the exact same position as it finished last season as the No. 1 team in the nation, according to the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Preseason Poll that was released by the Association on Tuesday.

 

The defending national champion Crimson Tide (60-8) received 25 of 31 possible first-place votes to lead the way in the top spot, while the remainder of the top five remained unchanged from last year’s final ranking.  National runner-up Oklahoma reaped five first-place tallies to sit second, California (58-7) was third after garnering a single first-place nod, Arizona State (53-11) rated fourth and Oregon (45-18) rounded out the top five squads.

 

Tennessee (52-14), Texas (47-13), Missouri (47-14), Georgia (45-17) and LSU (40-25) made up positions 6-10, respectively.

 

Syracuse (43-16) and Oregon State (36-23) were the only two teams to drop out of the poll from 2012 to 2013, but each were included among the squads listed among the receiving votes column.

 

The Pacific-12 and Southeastern Conference led the way with seven selections each, while the Big 12 Conference boasted three teams in the ratings.  Other leagues placing teams in the listing were the BIG EAST and ACC (two each) as well as the Big Ten, Colonial Athletic Association, Big West and Sun Belt (one each).

 

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 31 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Final 2012 records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

 

 

Rank

Team

2012 Record

Totals

Final 2012 Poll

1

Alabama (25)

60-8

765

1

2

Oklahoma (5)

54-10

745

2

3

California (1)

58-7

704

3

4

Arizona State

53-11

684

4

5

Oregon

45-18

635

5

6

Tennessee

52-14

626

6

7

Texas

47-13

534

9

8

Missouri

47-14

496

11

9

Georgia

45-17

490

10

10

LSU

40-25

475

7

11

Louisiana Lafayette

53-6

429

12

12

USF

50-14

423

8

13

Arizona

38-19

406

13

14

Florida

48-11

342

18

15

Michigan

42-17

326

15

16

Washington

39-19

316

14

17

Texas A&M

41-18

296

19

18

Louisville

55-5

255

17

19

UCLA

36-20

216

20

20

Hofstra

42-15

203

16

21

Stanford

40-19

183

21

22

North Carolina

43-15

102

24

23

Hawai’i

44-9

89

22

24

Baylor

34-22

80

RV

25

Florida State

47-16

58

RV

 

Others Receiving Votes:  Notre Dame (43), Georgia Tech (29), Syracuse (27), Kentucky (23), Oregon State (22), Texas Tech (12), Virginia Tech (11), DePaul (10), Northwestern (5), BYU (4), Houston (3), Tulsa (2), Mississippi State (2), Illinois State (2), South Alabama (2).

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