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USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll December 2, 2014

USA Today Coaches Poll

by Jason Bryant

Rutgers became the 10th different Big Ten team to appear in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll this season as the new rankings were released on Tuesday.

The Scarlet Knights (7-0) were buoyed by a 20-18 win over then No. 19 Oklahoma on Saturday at the Journeymen/Asics Northeast Duals in Troy, N.Y. Rutgers also defeated West Virginia and Buffalo and is one of nine teams from the Big Ten ranked in the Top 25. Wisconsin was ranked earlier this season, but has since fallen out of the Top 25.

The top 10 teams remained unchanged, although Iowa (4-0) tallied 10 of the 12 possible first-place votes and is fresh off a 28-8 victory over rival Iowa State.

Second-ranked Minnesota improved to 5-0 with a 19-15 win at home against No. 9 Oklahoma State on Saturday. Cornell (4-0), Penn State (3-0) and Missouri (7-0) round out the top five.

Virginia Tech (4-0), Ohio State (4-1), Nebraska (4-0), Oklahoma State (2-1) and Lehigh (5-1) held steady from 6-10. Lehigh won two matches against ranked Big Ten teams over the weekend. The Mountain Hawks topped Illinois 24-15 and Northwestern 30-10.

Wyoming (3-2) returned to the Top 25 after a solid weekend. The Cowboys topped then-No. 21 Old Dominion 24-10 at the Northeast Duals.

Oklahoma and Northern Iowa fell out of the rankings this week.

RankTeam (First)RecordPointsConferencePrevious
1Iowa (10)4-0298Big Ten1
2Minnesota (1)5-0282Big Ten2
3Cornell 4-0277EIWA3
4Penn State (1)3-0264Big Ten4
6Virginia Tech4-0237ACC6
7Ohio State 4-1225Big Ten7
8Nebraska4-0220Big Ten8
9Oklahoma State2-1204Big 129
14Illinois6-1146Big Ten13
15Iowa State4-1135Big 1215
16Michigan2-1129Big Ten16
17Oregon State2-098Pac-1218
18Northwestern4-176Big Ten17
20N.C. State6-249ACC23
23Rutgers7-033Big TenNR
24Old Dominion2-229MAC21

Dropped Out: Oklahoma, Northern Iowa.
Others receiving votes: Northern Iowa 26, Oklahoma 22, Wisconsin 12, Purdue 9, Stanford 5, Princeton 1.


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