5-10-2011 NFCA Poll: ASU Unanimous

Arizona State Becomes First Unanimous No. 1 of 2011 Season

May 10, 2011

 

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Arizona State became the first team of 2011 to receive all 30 first-place votes in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll that was released by the Association on Tuesday.

The Sun Devils (48-5) recorded their third Pac-10 sweep in as many weeks over Washington this weekend and now need to win just one of three games in their final conference series with Stanford to claim at least a share of the Pac-10 title.  This also makes the third straight week and fourth overall that they have sat atop the national rankings.

In the rest of the top five, Michigan (49-4) followed Arizona State for the third straight week in second, while Florida (47-8) used a sweep of then fifth-ranked Tennessee (44-10) to move from fourth to third.

After claiming its second consecutive SEC regular-season crown, Alabama (45-7) jumped up two spots to fourth, while Texas (45-7) fell to fifth after losing to then 22nd-ranked Texas A&M (38-13) and splitting with ninth-ranked Missouri (43-7).

For three straight weeks, no team has exited the poll and no new teams have joined the fray.  The four points gathered by Tulsa (41-12), the first team left out of this week’s poll, is smallest number of votes garnered by a team leading the “Others Receiving Votes” category this season.

The 30 teams total that received votes this week is also a new season-low.  The previous number of fewest teams to receive votes this year was 32 and occurred on Mar. 29.

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 May 8, 2011 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

Rank Team Record Totals Last Poll
1 Arizona St. (30) 48-5 750 1
2 Michigan 49-4 717 3
3 Florida 47-8 692 4
4 Alabama 45-7 655 6
5 Texas 45-7 611 3
6 California 36-9 576 8
7 Tennessee 44-10 565 5
8 Georgia 44-10 536 7
9 Missouri 43-7 525 9
10 Arizona 39-14 481 11
11 Stanford 38-12 424 10
12 UCLA 32-15 400 12
13 Oklahoma 37-13 389 15
14 Oregon 37-13 365 17
15 Washington 32-13 355 13
16 Nebraska 35-12 277 14
17 Baylor 39-12 257 20
18 Texas A&M 38-13 213 22
19 Georgia Tech 44-9 197 19
20 Oklahoma St. 37-14 187 16
21 LSU 38-15 174 21
22 Kentucky 36-13 141 18
23 Auburn 38-16 105 23
24 Notre Dame 44-8 82 25
25 Louisiana-Lafayette 45-9 63 24

 

Dropped Out: None

 

Others Receiving Votes: Tulsa 4, Pacific (CA) 3, Syracuse 3, Houston 1, Indiana 1

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