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Cal Takes Top Spot in USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll Into Final Week of Regular Season

 

 

Courtesy of California Athletic Media RelationsSTARKVILLE, Miss. – For the seventh time this season, California topped the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll, when it was released by the Association on Tuesday, and will take the ranking into the final week of regular-season play.

For just the second time in their seven-week streak of coming in at No. 1 in the rankings, the Golden Bears (48-3) received all 30 first-place votes. California is the only school this season to be named as a unanimous top choice.

In the rest of the top five, Arizona State (45-5) stayed at No. 2 for the second consecutive week, while Alabama (47-6) remained at third. Oklahoma stayed put at fourth in the latest poll, while Tennessee (45-9) used a run-rule victory of ninth-ranked Louisville (50-3) to round out the top five in fifth.

The biggest gain of the week went to Stanford (36-16), which shot up from 19th to 15th, after completing a three-game sweep of Washington (36-17), which dropped from 14th to 18th.

Joining the poll this week for the first time since March 8, 2011, was Syracuse (40-13). The Orange checked in at No. 24 after taking two out of three games from then 16th-ranked USF last week in a crucial BIG EAST series.

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 30 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.

 

USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll #13 – May 8, 2012

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 30 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Records shown are as of May 6.

Rankings

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous

1 California (30) 48-3 750 1
2 Arizona State 45-5 718 2
3 Alabama 47-6 689 3
4 Oklahoma 42-8 663 4
5 Tennessee 45-9 602 7
6 Louisiana-Lafayette 46-3 592 5
7 Florida 44-10 580 6
8 Texas 41-10 534 8
9 Louisville 50-3 503 9
10 Missouri 40-12 455 10
11 Hawaii 43-5 447 12
Georgia 40-14 447 11
13 Oregon 37-14 402 13
14 UCLA 35-16 359 17
15 Stanford 36-16 311 19
16 Texas A&M 36-16 301 18
17 Arizona 33-16 273 15
18 Washington 36-17 232 14
19 USF 45-10 221 16
20 Florida State 45-13 157 20
21 North Carolina 40-12 148 21
22 Michigan 36-15 139 23
23 Baylor 33-19 61 25
24 Syracuse 40-13 54
25 Texas Tech 39-15 36 24

Others receiving votes:

LSU 23, Massachusetts 15, Tulsa 13, BYU 7, Notre Dame 7, Kentucky 4; three others received votes, but only appeared on one ballot.

Dropped out:

No. 22 LSU

 

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