STARKVILLE, Miss. – Despite dropping just its second game of the year to No. 13 Arizona, California remained in the top spot in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll that was released by the Association on Tuesday.
The Golden Bears (39-2) received 24 of 30 first-place votes this week and have now topped the poll for four consecutive weeks. No. 2 Alabama (40-2) picked up the remaining six first-place votes and finished in second, while SEC rival Florida (38-5) held tight at third. Arizona State (36-5) and Texas (35-5) also stayed put in fourth and fifth despite losses to then 25th-ranked Oregon State (27-14) and unranked Texas Tech (34-10), respectively.
Texas Tech was the lone new addition to the rankings this week at 24th, after beating the Longhorns and taking two-out-of-three from then ninth-ranked Missouri (32-8). The Red Raiders presence in the latest rankings forced previous No. 25 Oregon State out after a two-week stay in the poll.
The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 30 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.
To view the entire poll, click here.