4-3-2012 Cal Unanimous in NFCA Poll

Cal Unanimous Choice at No. 1 In Latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll

April 3, 2012

 

STARKVILLE, Miss. – California garnered all 30 first-place votes in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll, released by the Association on Tuesday, to become the first unanimous No. 1 of the 2012 regular season.

California (33-1) received all 30 first place votes for the first time since Arizona State made the clean sweep in the preseason poll earlier this year. The Sun Devils were also the last team to be a unanimous top pick in the regular season, doing so on May 10 of last year.

Alabama (35-1) remained at No. 2 for the second consecutive week, while Texas (31-2) moved into the top five, at third, for the first time this season. Washington (32-4) dropped from third to fourth in the latest poll after being swept by California, while Oklahoma (30-4) jumped from seventh to fifth to round out the top five.

The final two teams in last week’s poll, No. 24 Auburn (26-12) and No. 25 New Mexico (22-10), both dropped from this week’s poll, allowing two storied programs to make their respective returns in the process. LSU (27-8) returned to the poll for the first time since Feb. 21 at 24th, while Oregon State (26-10) came in at 25th to earn a spot in the rankings for the first time since February 2, 2008.

 

Oregon State’s return to the poll also marks the first time since March 21, 2007 that eight Pac-12 teams have been ranked at the same time. The Beavers joined top-ranked Cal, No. 4 Washington, No. 7 Arizona State (32-4), No. 13 UCLA (25-7), No. 14 Stanford (27-8), No. 17 Arizona (23-9) and No. 18 Oregon (23-7) in this week’s poll. The only Pac-12 team not ranked is first-year member Utah (23-8), however the Utes were receiving votes earlier 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 1, 2012 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

 

Rank

Team

Record

Totals

Last Poll

1

California (30)

33-1

750

1

2

Alabama

35-1

720

2

3

Texas

31-2

671

6

4

Washington

32-4

646

3

5

Oklahoma

30-4

612

7

6

Florida

31-4

608

4

7

Arizona St.

32-4

587

5

8

La.-Lafayette

30-1

519

8

9

Georgia

29-7

501

9

10

Tennessee

27-8

476

10

11

Missouri

28-5

459

12

12

Louisville

29-2

404

11

13

UCLA

25-7

361

14

14

Stanford

27-8

345

13

15

Hawai‘i

29-3

336

16

16

Texas A&M

25-10

298

15

17

Arizona

23-9

276

19

18

USF

33-5

236

21

18

Oregon

23-7

236

17

20

Michigan

24-10

171

20

21

Florida St.

32-6

149

22

22

Baylor

22-12

106

18

23

North Carolina

24-9

96

23

24

LSU

27-8

82

RV

25

Oregon St.

26-10

32

RV

 

Dropped Out: No. 24 Auburn, No. 25 New Mexico

 

Others Receiving Votes: Auburn 29, Tulsa 21, DePaul 11, Iowa 3, New Mexico 3, Purdue 3, Fresno St. 2, Georgia Tech 1

 

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