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Cal Holds Steady On Top of USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll

Courtesy of California Athletic Media RelationsSTARKVILLE, Miss. – California pushed its season-high streak of weeks at No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll to six when the Association released the latest rankings on Tuesday.

The Golden Bears (45-3) received 29 of 30 first-place votes in the latest poll after sweeping then 15th-ranked UCLA (33-15) last week. Arizona State (42-5) received the remaining first-place vote and moved up to second after taking all three games of a Pac-12 series from then 11th-ranked Washington.

Despite dropping a game to Arkansas (25-24) last week, Alabama (45-5) moved up to third in the new rankings, while Oklahoma (40-7) won a pair of games, including one over rival Oklahoma State (24-21), and jumped up one spot to fourth.

Louisiana-Lafayette (44-2) rounded out the latest top five in fifth, marking its first appearance in the top five since February 16, 2005. The Ragin’ Cajuns completed a three-game sweep of Western Kentucky to extend their current win-streak to 10 games.

For just the third time this season and the second consecutive week, no teams entered or exited the poll. Baylor (30-18) edged out Tulsa (36-1) by just five points for the poll’s final spot and remained at No. 25 for the third-straight week.

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 complete poll, click here