Minnesota moves to No. 1 in NWCA Div. I Coaches Poll

By Jason Bryant NWCA | Feb. 11, 2014, 2:33 p.m. (ET)
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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