4-17-2012 Cal Continues Atop NFCA Poll

Despite Loss, Cal Still No. 1 in USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll

April 17, 2012

 

 

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Despite dropping just its second game of the year to No. 13 Arizona, California remained in the top spot in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll that was released by the Association on Tuesday.

The Golden Bears (39-2) received 24 of 30 first-place votes this week and have now topped the poll for four consecutive weeks. No. 2 Alabama (40-2) picked up the remaining six first-place votes and finished in second, while SEC rival Florida (38-5) held tight at third. Arizona State (36-5) and Texas (35-5) also stayed put in fourth and fifth despite losses to then 25th-ranked Oregon State (27-14) and unranked Texas Tech (34-10), respectively.

Texas Tech was the lone new addition to the rankings this week at 24th, after beating the Longhorns and taking two-out-of-three from then ninth-ranked Missouri (32-8). The Red Raiders presence in the latest rankings forced previous No. 25 Oregon State out after a two-week stay in the poll.
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 15, 2012 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

 

Rank

Team

Record

Totals

Last Poll

1

California (24)

39-2

744

1

2

Alabama (6)

40-2

725

2

3

Florida

38-5

675

3

4

Arizona St.

36-5

662

4

5

Texas

35-5

630

5

6

Oklahoma

35-6

609

6

7

La.-Lafayette

38-2

548

8

8

Tennessee

35-9

539

10

9

Washington

35-9

488

7

10

Missouri

32-8

459

9

11

Louisville

38-2

443

12

12

Georgia

34-10

415

11

13

Arizona

29-12

394

13

14

Hawai‘i

35-4

385

14

15

UCLA

29-12

330

16

16

Stanford

32-12

315

15

17

USF

40-6

263

18

18

Oregon

29-9

243

19

19

Texas A&M

29-13

234

17

20

Michigan

30-11

176

20

21

North Carolina

32-10

126

24

22

Florida St.

37-10

116

21

23

LSU

29-13

62

22

24

Texas Tech

34-10

48

NR

25

Baylor

26-14

42

23

 

Dropped Out: No. 25 Oregon St.

 

Others Receiving Votes: Georgia Tech 24, Tulsa 18, Oregon St. 13, Syracuse 10, Kentucky 5, Northern Iowa 5, two others received votes, but only appeared on one ballot.

 

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