5-1-2012 Cal Again Tops NFCA Poll

Cal Holds Steady On Top of USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll

May 1, 2012

 

STARKVILLE, Miss. – California pushed its season-high streak of weeks at No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll to six when the Association released the latest rankings on Tuesday.

The Golden Bears (45-3) received 29 of 30 first-place votes in the latest poll after sweeping then 15th-ranked UCLA (33-15) last week. Arizona State (42-5) received the remaining first-place vote and moved up to second after taking all three games of a Pac-12 series from then 11th-ranked Washington.

Despite dropping a game to Arkansas (25-24) last week, Alabama (45-5) moved up to third in the new rankings, while Oklahoma (40-7) won a pair of games, including one over rival Oklahoma State (24-21), and jumped up one spot to fourth.

 

Louisiana-Lafayette (44-2) rounded out the latest top five in fifth, marking its first appearance in the top five since February 16, 2005. The Ragin’ Cajuns completed a three-game sweep of Western Kentucky to extend their current win-streak to 10 games.

For just the third time this season and the second consecutive week, no teams entered or exited the poll. Baylor (30-18) edged out Tulsa (36-1) by just five points for the poll’s final spot and remained at No. 25 for the third-straight week.
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 29, 2012 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

 

Rank

Team

Record

Totals

Last Poll

1

California (29)

45-3

749

1

2

Arizona St. (1)

42-5

721

3

3

Alabama

45-5

672

4

4

Oklahoma

40-7

657

5

5

La.-Lafayette

44-2

611

6

6

Florida

43-8

598

2

7

Tennessee

44-9

581

7

8

Texas

39-8

527

7

9

Louisville

47-2

521

9

10

Missouri

37-10

487

10

11

Georgia

38-13

441

12

12

Hawai‘i

40-5

414

14

13

Oregon

34-12

375

16

14

Washington

36-14

370

11

15

Arizona

34-14

330

13

16

USF

44-8

307

17

17

UCLA

33-15

283

15

18

Texas A&M

33-16

248

18

19

Stanford

32-16

204

19

20

Florida St.

42-11

168

21

21

North Carolina

38-11

155

20

22

LSU

34-18

109

23

23

Michigan

33-15

80

22

24

Texas Tech

38-14

54

24

25

Baylor

30-18

28

25

 

Dropped Out: None

 

Others Receiving Votes: Tulsa 23, Syracuse 17, Oregon St. 13, Massachusetts 4; three others received votes, but only appeared on one ballot.

 

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