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USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll December 16, 2014

USA Today Coaches Poll

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.

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Iowa (9)36647297Big Ten1
2Minnesota (2)36647285Big Ten2
3Cornell 36617277EIWA3
4Penn State (1)36617265Big Ten4
5Missouri36770255MAC5
6Virginia Tech36617240ACC6
7Ohio State 41731223Big Ten7
8Oklahoma State41699217Big 129
9Pittsburgh41731193ACC10
10Virginia41760182ACC11
11Lehigh41792172EIWA12
12Edinboro41760164EWL13
13Nebraska41730162Big Ten8
14Illinois41791145Big Ten14
15Iowa State41730138Big 1215
16Michigan41671124Big Ten16
17Oregon State36586103Pac-1217
18Rider41791100EWL18
19Wisconsin4176093Big TenNR
20Northwestern4185277Big Ten19
21Wyoming4173150WWC22
22N.C. State4179248ACC21
23Rutgers3670830Big Ten23
24Old Dominion4167226MAC24
25Purdue4182213Big TenNR

Dropped Out: Chattanooga, Ohio
Others Receiving Votes: Ohio 12, Stanford 5, Chattanooga 4

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