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Minnesota moves to No. 1 in latest USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

by Jason Bryant | Feb 11, 2014

As expected, the Minnesota Golden Gophers moved to No. 1 in this week’s USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll following a weekend win over then top-ranked Penn State 18-17.

The Gophers (10-1) received eight out of 10 first-place votes to become only the second team ranked No. 1 this season. Penn State held the No. 1 spot since the initial preseason ranking.

Penn State (13-1) dropped one spot to No. 2, while the top five remained the same as Iowa (13-2), Cornell (10-0) and Northern Iowa (11-0) remained ranked third through fifth. Pittsburgh (12-1) remained No. 6.

Oklahoma State (8-4) moved up to No. 7 after two weekend wins, including a 29-9 win over rival Oklahoma (9-3) at Bedlam. Oklahoma fell one spot to No. 11 this week

Michigan (10-4) jumped into the top 10 after a weekend win at Nebraska, although the Wolverines were hammered by Iowa on Sunday.  The Wolverines are ranked eighth, followed by Nebraska (11-2) and Missouri (8-2).

Spots 10-20 remained unchanged with the only other movement coming in spots 21-25. Oregon State (9-6) was upset by unranked Arizona State over the weekend. The Beavers dropped three spots to No. 25, while Lehigh (8-5) moved up to No. 21, followed by Stanford (17-4), Northwestern (6-7) and Purdue (6-7).

Rank

Team (First)

Record

Points

Conference

Previous

1

Minnesota (8)

10-1

398

Big Ten

2

2

Penn State (2)

13-1

392

Big Ten

1

3

Iowa

13-2

377

Big Ten

3

4

Cornell

10-0

371

EIWA

4

5

Northern Iowa

11-0

362

MAC

5

6

Pittsburgh

12-1

350

ACC

6

7

Oklahoma State

8-4

332

Big 12

8

8

Michigan

10-4

321

Big Ten

11

9

Nebraska

11-2

319

Big Ten

7

10

Missouri

8-2

316

MAC

9

11

Oklahoma

9-3

301

Big 12

10

12

Virginia

17-3

291

ACC

12

13

Ohio State

9-4

277

Big Ten

13

14

Edinboro

8-3

274

EWL

14

15

Wisconsin

12-4

260

Big Ten

15

16

Virginia Tech

15-3

257

ACC

16

17

Iowa State

8-4

236

Big 12

17

18

Illinois

9-6

229

Big Ten

18

19

Chattanooga

15-5

209

SoCon

19

20

North Dakota State

9-4

203

WWC

20

21

Lehigh

8-5

191

EIWA

23

22

Stanford

17-4

187

Pac-12

25

23

Northwestern

6-7

177

Big Ten

21

24

Purdue

6-7

148

Big Ten

24

25

Oregon State

9-6

109

Pac-12

22

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Kent State 32, Central Michigan 17, Arizona State 16, Navy 16, Ohio 16, Old Dominion 16

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Minnesota moves to No. 1 in latest USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll

by Jason Bryant | Feb 11, 2014

As expected, the Minnesota Golden Gophers moved to No. 1 in this week’s USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll following a weekend win over then top-ranked Penn State 18-17.

The Gophers (10-1) received eight out of 10 first-place votes to become only the second team ranked No. 1 this season. Penn State held the No. 1 spot since the initial preseason ranking.

Penn State (13-1) dropped one spot to No. 2, while the top five remained the same as Iowa (13-2), Cornell (10-0) and Northern Iowa (11-0) remained ranked third through fifth. Pittsburgh (12-1) remained No. 6.

Oklahoma State (8-4) moved up to No. 7 after two weekend wins, including a 29-9 win over rival Oklahoma (9-3) at Bedlam. Oklahoma fell one spot to No. 11 this week

Michigan (10-4) jumped into the top 10 after a weekend win at Nebraska, although the Wolverines were hammered by Iowa on Sunday.  The Wolverines are ranked eighth, followed by Nebraska (11-2) and Missouri (8-2).

Spots 10-20 remained unchanged with the only other movement coming in spots 21-25. Oregon State (9-6) was upset by unranked Arizona State over the weekend. The Beavers dropped three spots to No. 25, while Lehigh (8-5) moved up to No. 21, followed by Stanford (17-4), Northwestern (6-7) and Purdue (6-7).

Rank

Team (First)

Record

Points

Conference

Previous

1

Minnesota (8)

10-1

398

Big Ten

2

2

Penn State (2)

13-1

392

Big Ten

1

3

Iowa

13-2

377

Big Ten

3

4

Cornell

10-0

371

EIWA

4

5

Northern Iowa

11-0

362

MAC

5

6

Pittsburgh

12-1

350

ACC

6

7

Oklahoma State

8-4

332

Big 12

8

8

Michigan

10-4

321

Big Ten

11

9

Nebraska

11-2

319

Big Ten

7

10

Missouri

8-2

316

MAC

9

11

Oklahoma

9-3

301

Big 12

10

12

Virginia

17-3

291

ACC

12

13

Ohio State

9-4

277

Big Ten

13

14

Edinboro

8-3

274

EWL

14

15

Wisconsin

12-4

260

Big Ten

15

16

Virginia Tech

15-3

257

ACC

16

17

Iowa State

8-4

236

Big 12

17

18

Illinois

9-6

229

Big Ten

18

19

Chattanooga

15-5

209

SoCon

19

20

North Dakota State

9-4

203

WWC

20

21

Lehigh

8-5

191

EIWA

23

22

Stanford

17-4

187

Pac-12

25

23

Northwestern

6-7

177

Big Ten

21

24

Purdue

6-7

148

Big Ten

24

25

Oregon State

9-6

109

Pac-12

22

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Kent State 32, Central Michigan 17, Arizona State 16, Navy 16, Ohio 16, Old Dominion 16

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