STARKVILLE, Miss. – After suffering its first loss of the season last week, Alabama fell from the top spot in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll and was replaced by California, the Association announced on Tuesday.
California (29-1) opened Pac-12 play last week with a sweep of then ninth-ranked Stanford to top the rankings for the first time since Feb. 23, 2005. The Golden Bears received 20 of 30 first-place votes, while No. 2 Alabama (30-1) received the remaining 10. The Crimson Tide’s 26-game win-streak came to a halt last Wednesday when they were upended by then 12th-ranked Tennessee (23-7), 5-2, in the backside of a SEC doubleheader.
The rest of the top five was unchanged this week, as Washington (32-1), Florida (29-2) and Arizona State (31-3) all reprised their roles at third through, fifth, respectively.
No. 8 Louisiana-Lafayette (30-1) also held on to its ranking this week, despite suffering its first loss of 2012 on the road at Troy. With the Louisiana-Lafayette and Alabama losses last week, that leaves No. 11 Louisville (27-0) as the nation’s lone remaining undefeated team.
Despite losing to No. 1 Alabama by a total of just three runs over two games last week, DePaul (16-10) fell from the poll after being ranked for three-straight weeks. Moving back into the rankings this week was New Mexico (22-6), which used a 5-0 week to return to the poll after a one-week absence.
The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 30 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.
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