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NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll

The NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll Committee is made up of one coach from each conference. Starting in 2014-15, a No. 1 ranking is worth 25 points and a No. 25 ranking is worth 1 point. This is a dual meet ranking.

There are 15 yearly polls that are released every Tuesday starting in early November, they can be found at www.nwcaonline.com.

Upsets by Wisconsin, Purdue push 11 Big Ten teams into USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll
by Jason Bryant | Dec 16, 2014 Leave a comment
Wins by Wisconsin over then-No. 8 Nebraska and Purdue over then-No. 20 Chattanooga pushed both of those programs into the Top 25 of the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

The top seven teams remained unchanged as Iowa, Minnesota, Cornell, Penn State, Missouri, Virginia Tech and Ohio State stayed in the same position. Missouri improved to 9-0 with a 20-19 criteria win on Sunday over Ohio State (4-2). It was the Buckeyes’ second loss this season by criteria.

Wisconsin’s 23-14 win over Nebraska dropped the Huskers five spots to No. 13, while the Badgers jumped back into the rankings at No.19, one spot behind No. 18 Rider, who topped Wisconsin 20-19 on criteria back in November.

Nebraska’s loss made room for three ACC programs to find a home in the Top 10. Along with No. 6 Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh (4-2) comes in at No. 9, while Virginia (5-1) moves up to No. 10.

Purdue (7-2) picked up wins over North Carolina and Chattanooga on an eastern swing. The loss dropped Chattanooga, the only Southern Conference team in the rankings, out of the poll for the first time this season.

Eleven of the 14 Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 25. The final poll for 2014 will be released on December 23 and the first poll of 2015 will be released on January 6. There will be no poll released on December 30 due to the volume of teams competing in tournaments from Dec. 29-Jan. 2.

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
1 Iowa (9) 5-0 297 Big Ten 1
2 Minnesota (2) 5-0 285 Big Ten 2
3 Cornell 4-0 277 EIWA 3
4 Penn State (1) 4-0 265 Big Ten 4
5 Missouri 9-0 255 MAC 5
6 Virginia Tech 4-0 240 ACC 6
7 Ohio State 4-2 223 Big Ten 7
8 Oklahoma State 3-1 217 Big 12 9
9 Pittsburgh 4-2 193 ACC 10
10 Virginia 5-1 182 ACC 11
11 Lehigh 6-2 172 EIWA 12
12 Edinboro 5-1 164 EWL 13
13 Nebraska 4-1 162 Big Ten 8
14 Illinois 6-1 145 Big Ten 14
15 Iowa State 4-1 138 Big 12 15
16 Michigan 2-1 124 Big Ten 16
17 Oregon State 3-0 103 Pac-12 17
18 Rider 6-1 100 EWL 18
19 Wisconsin 5-1 93 Big Ten NR
20 Northwestern 8-1 77 Big Ten 19
21 Wyoming 4-2 50 WWC 22
22 N.C. State 6-2 48 ACC 21
23 Rutgers 7-0 30 Big Ten 23
24 Old Dominion 2-2 26 MAC 24
25 Purdue 7-2 13 Big Ten NR

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