3-19-2012 Bama Near Unanimous in NFCA Poll

Alabama Maintains Hold on Top Spot USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25

March 20, 2012

 

STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the fourth time in as many weeks, Alabama topped the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll, the Association announced on Tuesday.

The Crimson Tide is off to a 25-0 start this season and received 28 of the 30 first-place votes this week. Despite suffering its first loss of the season at the hands of then No. 18 Hawai‘i (24-2), California picked up the remaining two first-place votes and remained at No. 2 in the latest poll. The rest of the top five also remained unchanged as Washington (27-1), Florida (26-2) and Arizona St. (28-3) held tight at third through fifth, respectively.

With losses by California and Hawai‘i last week, only three teams in Division I remain undefeated after almost two months of play: No. 1 Alabama, No. 8 Louisiana-Lafayette (26-0) and No. 13 Louisville (22-0). The Crimson Tide will look to stay undefeated this week despite a tough schedule that features two-game sets with SEC rival and 12th-ranked No. 25 DePaul (15-7) and Longwood. The road to perfection will also be tough for Louisiana-Lafayette this week, as they host Georgia Tech in a mid-week doubleheader and travel to Troy for a three-game Sun Belt series. Louisville’s schedule is equally as difficult this week and features a double-header with Ohio State and a Big East opening three-game set with Pittsburgh.
After a one-week absence from the poll, North Carolina returned to the fray this week at No. 24 and as a result pushed previous No. 23 New Mexico (17-6) out of the rankings.

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 30 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Records as of March 18, 2012 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

 

Rank

Team

Record

Totals

Last Poll

1

Alabama (28)

25-0

746

1

2

California (2)

25-1

712

2

3

Washington

27-1

692

3

4

Florida

26-2

654

4

5

Arizona St.

28-3

597

5

6

Texas

23-2

588

6

7

Oklahoma

24-3

579

7

8

La.-Lafayette

26-0

565

10

9

Stanford

25-3

504

9

10

Missouri

20-3

463

12

11

Georgia

23-5

439

8

12

Tennessee

19-6

403

11

13

Louisville

22-0

393

14

14

Arizona

18-4

378

13

15

Baylor

21-6

307

15

16

UCLA

20-6

302

16

17

Hawai‘i

24-2

271

18

17

Oregon

18-4

271

17

19

Texas A&M

20-8

177

22

20

Michigan

17-9

171

19

21

Auburn

23-6

157

20

22

USF

24-5

122

24

23

Florida St.

23-5

112

21

24

North Carolina

21-8

43

RV

25

DePaul

15-7

36

24

 

Dropped Out: No. 23 New Mexico

 

Others Receiving Votes: Oregon St. 22, Georgia Tech 11, New Mexico 10, LSU 7, S.C. Upstate 7, Syracuse 5, Tulsa 3, McNeese St. 2, Kansas 1

 

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