3-27-2012 Cal Tops NFCA Poll

Cal Takes Over No. 1 In Latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll

March 27, 2012

 

STARKVILLE, Miss. – After suffering its first loss of the season last week, Alabama fell from the top spot in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll and was replaced by California, the Association announced on Tuesday.

California (29-1) opened Pac-12 play last week with a sweep of then ninth-ranked Stanford to top the rankings for the first time since Feb. 23, 2005. The Golden Bears received 20 of 30 first-place votes, while No. 2 Alabama (30-1) received the remaining 10. The Crimson Tide’s 26-game win-streak came to a halt last Wednesday when they were upended by then 12th-ranked Tennessee (23-7), 5-2, in the backside of a SEC doubleheader.

The rest of the top five was unchanged this week, as Washington (32-1), Florida (29-2) and Arizona State (31-3) all reprised their roles at third through, fifth, respectively.

 

No. 8 Louisiana-Lafayette (30-1) also held on to its ranking this week, despite suffering its first loss of 2012 on the road at Troy. With the Louisiana-Lafayette and Alabama losses last week, that leaves No. 11 Louisville (27-0) as the nation’s lone remaining undefeated team.
Despite losing to No. 1 Alabama by a total of just three runs over two games last week, DePaul (16-10) fell from the poll after being ranked for three-straight weeks. Moving back into the rankings this week was New Mexico (22-6), which used a 5-0 week to return to the poll after a one-week absence.

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 25, 2012 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

 

 

Rank

Team

Record

Totals

Last Poll

1

California (20)

740

29-1

2

2

Alabama (10)

724

30-1

1

3

Washington

691

32-1

3

4

Florida

656

29-2

4

5

Arizona St.

634

31-3

5

6

Texas

598

26-2

6

7

Oklahoma

563

26-4

7

8

La.-Lafayette

526

30-1

8

9

Georgia

487

27-5

11

10

Tennessee

470

23-7

12

11

Louisville

454

27-0

13

12

Missouri

409

23-5

10

13

Stanford

401

25-6

9

14

UCLA

356

21-6

16

15

Texas A&M

282

22-9

19

16

Hawai‘i

271

26-3

18

17

Oregon

263

19-4

17

17

Baylor

248

22-8

15

19

Arizona

241

19-8

14

20

Michigan

223

21-9

20

21

USF

159

29-5

22

22

Florida St.

139

29-5

23

23

North Carolina

57

22-8

24

24

Auburn

49

24-9

21

25

New Mexico

40

22-6

RV

 

Dropped Out: No. 25 DePaul

 

Others Receiving Votes: LSU 30, Tulsa 14, Oregon St. 6, DePaul 5, Georgia Tech 3, Kentucky 3, Syracuse 3, BYU 2, Troy 2, Kansas 1

 

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