4-10-2012 Cal Remains Atop NFCA Poll

STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the third consecutive week, California topped the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll, the Association announced on Tuesday.

California (36-1) completed its third consecutive Pac-12 series sweep this weekend by topping Utah (23-12) three times and garnered 29 of the 30 first-place votes in this week’s rankings. No. 2 Alabama (37-2) picked up the remaining first-place vote this week, despite dropping its second game on the year to previous No. 24 LSU (29-10).

Florida (32-4) used a SEC series sweep of Ole Miss (16-21) and a mid-week win over win over No. 21 Florida St. (35-8) to jump from sixth to third this week, while Arizona State (35-4) jumped from seventh to fourth with a Pac-12 sweep of then 13th-ranked UCLA (25-10). Texas rounded out the top five in fifth by dropping two spots after a Big 12 series loss to then 11th-ranked Missouri (30-6).

 

The week’s biggest gain went to Arizona (25-10), which moved from No. 17 last week to No. 13 this week after taking two out of three on the road at previous No. 4 Washington (33-6). No teams fell from the rankings or entered the rankings in the latest edition of the rankings for the first time this season.

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 April 8, 2012 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

 

Rank

Team

Record

Totals

Last Poll

1

California (29)

36-1

749

1

2

Alabama (1)

37-2

715

2

3

Florida

32-4

655

6

4

Arizona St.

35-4

648

7

5

Texas

32-4

612

3

6

Oklahoma

32-5

608

5

7

Washington

33-6

572

4

8

La.-Lafayette

33-1

552

8

9

Missouri

30-6

501

11

10

Tennessee

31-9

487

10

11

Georgia

30-8

479

9

12

Louisville

33-2

417

12

13

Arizona

25-10

360

17

14

Hawai‘i

32-4

341

15

15

Stanford

28-10

302

14

16

UCLA

25-10

285

13

17

Texas A&M

27-11

276

16

18

USF

36-5

267

18

19

Oregon

25-8

256

18

20

Michigan

27-10

186

19

21

Florida St.

35-8

140

21

22

LSU

29-10

106

24

23

Baylor

26-13

92

22

24

North Carolina

27-10

89

23

25

Oregon St.

26-10

32

25

 

Dropped Out: None

 

Others Receiving Votes: Tulsa 8, Georgia Tech 7, DePaul 3, New Mexico 2, two others received votes, but only appeared on one ballot.

 

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