2-14-2012 Florida tops NFCA poll

FLORIDA TOPS NFCA POLL

February 14 2012

 

Wild Opening Weekend Puts Florida On Top USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll

February 14, 2012

 

STARKVILLE, Miss. – After an opening weekend that saw over half of the teams from last week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll lose at least one game, including No. 1 Arizona State, Florida emerged from the chaos as the nation’s new top team.

The Gators, who went 5-0 last week, received 16 of 30 first-place votes and were followed in the poll by SEC rival Alabama (5-0), which received three. Moving up one spot from fourth to third was California (4-0), which finished the voting three points behind the Crimson Tide, despite notching 10 first-place votes.  Oklahoma (5-0) also moved up a spot from fifth to fourth, while Arizona State, which received the remaining first-place vote, dropped four spots to fifth, rounding out the top five.

Despite a 2-1 showing at the 26th Annual Louisiana Classic in Lafayette, last week’s No. 24, Tulsa, was the only team to fall out of the rankings this week.  Taking over for Tulsa was Georgia Tech, which made its 2012 debut at No. 23 after a 4-1 week.

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 30 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. 2012 records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

Rank

Team

Record

Totals

Last Poll

1

Florida (16)

5-0

726

2

2

Alabama (3)

4-0

709

3

3

California (10)

4-0

706

4

4

Oklahoma

5-0

654

5

5

Arizona St. (1)

5-2

583

1

6

Missouri

0-0

562

6

7

Washington

5-0

524

12

8

Stanford

4-1

497

9

9

Baylor

4-1

481

7

10

Tennessee

5-1

457

14

11

Michigan

4-0

426

15

12

UCLA

4-0

414

19

13

Texas

5-0

392

18

14

Georgia

4-1

381

10

15

Oklahoma St.

4-1

360

11

16

Arizona

3-3

315

8

17

Houston

5-0

302

20

18

Texas A&M

3-2

259

17

19

Oregon

3-2

176

16

20

La.-Lafayette

3-0

164

23

21

Louisville

5-0

132

25

22

Kentucky

1-3

110

13

23

Georgia Tech

4-1

108

RV

24

Nebraska

3-3

98

21

24

LSU

2-2

47

22

 

Dropped Out: No. 24 Tulsa

 

Others Receiving Votes: North Carolina 35, Hawai‘i 34, Florida St. 21, Tulsa 21, New Mexico 12, Northwestern 8, Mississippi St. 7, New Mexico St. 6, Syracuse 6, Oregon St. 4, Auburn 3, BYU 3, McNeese St. 3, USF 3, Notre Dame 1

 

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