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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Oklahoma kept its hold on No. 1 and the top five remained the same in this week’s 2021 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. Ranked first for the 11th straight week, the Sooners, who captured Bedlam with a 2-1 series win over No. 9 Oklahoma State, received 25 first-place votes and 793 points.

With the Big 12 regular season on the line, OU (42-2) rebounded from a 6-4 game-one defeat in Stillwater with 6-4 and 11-8 triumphs to wrap up its ninth consecutive regular-season title. The Sooners also earned a mid-week win over then-No. 25 Wichita State. The series-opening victory by the Cowgirls (40-8) was their first over the Sooners since 2011 and it also handed OU its first Big 12 regular season loss since 2017.

No. 2 UCLA (38-3) collected five first-place votes (773) following a 6-0 week, which included a four-game sweep of Stanford, three of which came via shutout. Earning the final first-place vote, No. 3 Alabama (42-7) swept RV Ole Miss in its final regular-season Southeastern Conference (SEC) series.

No. 4 Florida closed at the regular season with a SEC series sweep of Texas A&M, which included a pair of comeback victories over the Aggies. The Gators (40-8) clinched their ninth regular-season title, sharing it with No. 6 Arkansas, and will be the No. 1 seed at the SEC Tournament. UF was the only program to win every conference series in 2021.

Fifth-ranked Washington collected four wins over Utah in Pac-12 play. No. 7 and No. 8 Arizona each dropped on spot. The Seminoles (38-9-1) took two-of-three from Pitt in an Atlantic Coast Conference finale, while the Wildcats (40-8) split their four-game set with then-No. 12 Oregon on the road.

No. 10 Texas returned to the top-10, blanking Baylor in a three-game Big 12 sweep of the Bears. 

Liberty makes its first-ever appearance in the rankings at No. 25. The Flames (39-13) won the ASUN North Division title and reached the tournament semifinals taking two-of-three from Lipscomb in the quarterfinal round. 

The 2021 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Records reflect games played through May 9. Programs not competing in 2021 will not be eligible for ranking consideration.

 

2021 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll – May 11 (Week 13)

Rank

School

Points

Record

Last Week

1

Oklahoma (25)

793

42-2

1

2

UCLA (6)

773

38-3

2

3

Alabama (1)

724

42-7

3

4

Florida

711

40-8

4

5

Washington

671

39-9

5

6

Arkansas

588

40-8

8

7

Florida State

587

38-9-1

6

8

Arizona

567

35-10

7

9

Oklahoma State

566

40-8

9

10

Texas

484

38-9

11

11

Oregon

468

33-15

12

12

Arizona State

465

32-14

10

13

Clemson

426

40-5

13

14

Louisiana

356

40-10

14

15

Missouri

342

37-14

15

16

LSU

313

31-18

16

17

Kentucky

300

38-12

18

18

Michigan

257

32-6

19

19

Tennessee

234

39-12

17

20

Virginia Tech

192

32-12

20

21

Duke

183

39-10

21

22

JMU

97

31-1

24

23

Minnesota

82

26-10

23

24

Wichita State

66

37-11-1

25

25

Liberty

36

39-13

RV

 

New to Poll: No. 25 Liberty

Dropped Out: No. 22 Georgia

Receiving Votes: Georgia (25), Notre Dame (23), Ole Miss (21), Fresno State (15), Mississippi State (13), UCF (7), Miami University (6), Boston University (5), USF (3), Cal State Fullerton (1).

The 2021 USA Today / NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches with one representing each of the NCAA’s Division I Conferences. Records reflect games played through May 9.

*Programs not competing in 2021 will not be eligible for ranking consideration.

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