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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Oklahoma and its high-octane offense took over the No. 1 spot in this week’s 2021 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Sooners (12-0), who earned 27 first-place votes and 792 points, return to the top for the first time since May 6, 2019.

OU added to its win total with four more last weekend at the Grand Canyon/Arizona State Tournament, including a 5-3 triumph over co-host and then-No. 13 Sun Devils. The Sooners recorded a school-record 28 hits in a 33-4 victory over New Mexico, while also tossing a perfect game versus the same Lobos in their tournament opener. OU leads NCAA Division I in all major offensive categories, including a .492 batting average, 44 home runs and 14 runs per game.

Undefeated Arizona and Alabama (three first-place votes) moved up to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while previous No. 1 UCLA (two first-place votes) dropped to No. 4 after its first loss of the season to new-No. 6 Oregon, 3-1, in a non-conference matchup in Tempe, Ariz. The Bruins (6-1) picked up a mid-week win over San Diego State (14-0), while the No. 6 Ducks (9-0) also topped RV Utah in Arizona.

The Wildcats (10-0) captured five more victories at home, earning four run-rule victories over BYU (12-0, 9-1), Colorado State (9-1) and Seattle (9-1), along with an extra-inning triumph versus RV Oregon State, 3-2.

The Crimson Tide extended their undefeated start to 14 games with six more home wins, including three straight shutouts over North Carolina (2-0, 4-0) and Troy (2-0). Florida stayed undefeated and moved into the fifth spot after wins over UNF (8-0), Louisville (5-1, 2-0) and McNeese State (1-0).

Texas remained at No. 7 with Washington dipping to No. 8 and Oklahoma State and Kentucky rounding out the to Top 10. The Longhorns (8-0) earned six wins and the Huskies (13-2) went 4-1 last week.

Following two road wins at Lamar, the Cowgirls (13-1) went 5-1 in the state of Louisiana, including two victories at then-No. 11 LSU (1-0, 3-1) and a split with then-Louisiana (1-7, 5-3). The Wildcats (14-0) continued to score runs as the NCAA’s second-ranked offense (10 runs per game) racked up 49 more over a five-game run last week.

Two Southeastern Conference programs joined the rankings as No. 24 Auburn (10-1) and No. 25 Tennessee (12-1) pushed the league’s total to 10 ranked schools. Then-No. 23 Baylor (5-3) and then-No. 24 Minnesota (3-3) fell out of the Top 25.

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 Feb. 28. Programs not competing in 2021 will not be eligible for ranking consideration.

 

2021 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll – March 2 (Week 3)

Rank

School

Points

Record

Last Week

1

Oklahoma (27)

792

12-0

2

2

Arizona

736

10-0

3

3

Alabama (3)

732

14-0

4

4

UCLA (2)

730

6-1

1

5

Florida

664

12-0

6

6

Oregon

636

9-0

8

7

Texas

598

8-0

7

8

Washington

576

13-2

5

9

Oklahoma State

549

13-1

10

10

Kentucky

475

14-0

12

11

Arizona State

445

10-1

13

12

Louisiana

441

9-3

9

13

LSU

432

10-5

11

14

Duke

356

12-1

16

15

Virginia Tech

355

7-2

14

16

Florida State

336

10-3

15

17

South Carolina

244

8-2

18

18

Missouri

243

12-2

20

19

Georgia

204

9-2

19

20

Arkansas

191

11-2

21

21

Michigan

149

4-2

17

22

UCF

127

9-2

22

23

Iowa State

110

13-2

25

24

Auburn

82

10-1

RV

25

Tennessee

49

12-1

RV

 

New to Poll: No. 24 Auburn, No. 25 Tennessee 

Dropped Out: No. 23 Baylor, No. 24 Minnesota

Receiving Votes: Clemson (31), Illinois (25), Northwestern (24), Baylor (22), Southern Illinois (11), Stanford (7), James Madison (5), Liberty (4), Ole Miss (4), Mississippi State (4), Utah (4), Minnesota (3), Notre Dame (3), Troy (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 Feb. 28.

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

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