5-3-2011 NFCA: Sun Devils Remain #1

Arizona State Retains Top Spot in Latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll

 May 3, 2011

 STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the second consecutive week and third time this season, Arizona State topped the latest edition of the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll, which was released by the Association on Tuesday.

After sweeping Oregon State last week, the Sun Devils (45-5) garnered 29 of 30 firs-place votes to finish 39 points ahead of No. 2 Michigan (44-4).  In the rest of the top five, Texas stayed at third, despite splitting a pair of Red River Rivalry games with 15th-ranked Oklahoma (35-16).

Meanwhile, Florida (43-8) and Tennessee (44-7) moved up one spot each to fourth and fifth, respectively. The two teams filled the void left by Georgia, who dropped three spots to seventh after losing two out of three to then 25th-ranked Auburn (36-15).

For the second straight week, no team exited on entered the Top 25 rankings. In fact with 23 of 30 voters selecting every team in last week’s poll for their respective ballots the week, there was a 68-point gap between No. 25 Notre Dame (38-8) and the first team out, Indiana (34-15), the largest of the season so far.

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 1, 2011 are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

Rank Team Record Totals Last Poll
1 Arizona St. (29) 45-5 749 1
2 Michigan (1) 44-4 718 2
3 Texas 44-5 675 3
4 Florida 43-8 663 5
5 Tennessee 44-7 627 6
6 Alabama 42-7 587 7
7 Georgia 42-9 561 4
8 California 34-9 547 10
9 Missouri 40-6 503 12
10 Stanford 35-11 466 13
11 Arizona 37-13 439 9
12 UCLA 31-13 406 8
13 Washington 32-10 385 11
14 Nebraska 35-10 353 14
15 Oklahoma 35-16 324 15
16 Oklahoma St. 37-12 293 16
17 Oregon 35-12 283 19
18 Kentucky 35-11 226 18
19 Georgia Tech 42-8 204 20
20 Baylor 37-12 197 17
21 LSU 35-15 155 21
22 Texas A&M 36-13 113 22
23 Auburn 36-15 96 25
24 Louisiana-Lafayette 42-9 82 23
25 Notre Dame 38-8 76 24


Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Indiana 8, Pacific (CA) 3, Texas Tech 3, Tulsa 3, BYU 2, Illinois St. 1, New Mexico St. 1, Syracuse 1

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