6-12-2012 Bama Near Unanimous on NFCA Poll

Alabama Tops Final USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll of 2012

June 12, 2012

 

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Fresh off of its first-ever national championship poll, Alabama was named as the top team in the nation in the final USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll of the 2012 season that was released by the Association on Tuesday.

The Crimson Tide (60-8) received 28 of the 30 first-place votes in the last rankings of the year, while national runner-up Oklahoma (54-10) finished second and received the other two top votes.

Previous No. 1 and national semifinalist California (58-7) dropped to third in the last poll, while the other semifinalist, Arizona State (53-11), dropped from second to fourth. Oregon (45-18), which made its first Women’s College World Series appearances since 1989 this year, rounded out the final top five of the season at fifth.

The biggest gain of the final edition was by LSU (40-25), which went from receiving votes to seventh, thanks to a WCWS appearance. Two other schools that moved into the final rankings of the season were Hofstra (42-15) and Oregon St. (36-23). Hofstra went from unranked to 15th after advancing to the super regionals for the first time in school history, while Oregon State used a strong showing at the Norman Regional to finish the year at No. 25.

 

Previous No. 20 Florida State (47-16), No. 21 Texas Tech (41-17) and No. 23 Baylor (34-22) all missed the cut in the final vote and fell from the rankings.
The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 30 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Final 2012 records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.

 

 

Rank

Team

Record

Totals

Last Poll

1

Alabama (28)

60-8

748

3

2

Oklahoma (2)

54-10

722

4

3

California

58-7

681

1

4

Arizona St.

53-11

666

2

5

Oregon

45-18

622

12

6

Tennessee

45-17

590

5

7

LSU

40-25

556

RV

8

USF

50-14

526

19

9

Texas

47-13

484

8

10

Georgia

45-17

464

11

11

Missouri

47-14

431

10

12

La.-Lafayette

53-6

409

7

13

Arizona

38-19

360

17

14

Washington

39-19

345

18

15

Michigan

42-17

324

21

16

Hofstra

42-15

300

NR

17

Louisville

55-5

282

9

18

Florida

48-11

258

6

19

Texas A&M

41-18

222

14

20

UCLA

36-20

173

15

21

Stanford

40-19

150

16

22

Hawai‘i

44-9

129

13

23

Syracuse

43-16

77

25

24

North Carolina

43-15

58

22

25

Oregon St.

36-23

36

RV

 

Dropped Out: No. 20 Florida St., No. 21 Texas Tech, No. 23 Baylor

 

Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame 22, Florida St. 17, Northwestern 16, Texas Tech 16, BYU 12, Kentucky 11, Baylor 9, Arkansas 8, Virginia Tech 6, Tulsa 4; five others received votes, but only appeared on one ballot.

 

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