NWCA Division I Coaches Poll sees minimal change as Virginia, Central Michigan enter Top 25

By Jason Bryant, NWCA | Nov. 10, 2015, 1:29 p.m. (ET)
Manheim, Pa. – The top 12 teams in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll were unchanged as the first poll of the regular season was released on Tuesday.

Oklahoma State, Penn State, Michigan, Iowa and Ohio State remained in the top five. None of the five teams saw dual meet action since the season’s start on November 1. That will change this week as No. 4 Iowa hosts No. 1 Oklahoma State at the Grapple on the Gridiron, a dual meet held on the football field at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. The event, weather permitting, is expected to shatter the NCAA single-dual attendance record set by Penn State on Dec. 8, 2013 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Cowboys again garnered 10 of the 12 possibe first-place votes. Penn State and Michigan each received one first-place vote.

There was some movement as a result of Virginia Tech’s 32-3 victory over then-No. 13 Iowa State on Saturday. While the Hokies stayed up at No. 6, the Cyclones fell five spots to No. 18.

Lehigh got pushed by Bucknell 23-12 in the EIWA opener, but the Mountain Hawks remained at No. 7.

With Iowa State falling five spots, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Old Dominion each moved up a spot. Minnesota moved up a spot to No. 16 as the Golden Gophers defeated South Dakota State, Grand Canyon and Virginia at home on Saturday.

West Virginia jumped two spots after opening up with wins over Drexel, Campbell and Arizona State.

Virginia moved into the Top 25 after knocking off then-No. 25 North Dakota State 25-14 in Fargo, N.D. on Friday. Central Michigan also broke into the Top 25 after wins over Rider and Purdue at the Eastern Michigan Duals.

Edinboro and North Dakota State fell out of the Top 25.

Rank/Team (First)/Record/Points/Conference /Previous
1 Oklahoma State (10) 0-0 298 Big 12 1
2 Penn State (1) 0-0 285 Big Ten 2
3 Michigan (1) 0-0 275 Big Ten 3
4 Iowa 0-0 264 Big Ten 4
5 Ohio State 0-0 252 Big Ten 5
6 Virginia Tech 1-0 242 ACC 6
7 Lehigh 1-0 231 EIWA 7
8 Cornell 0-0 215 EIWA 8
9 Missouri 0-0 204 MAC 9
10 Nebraska 0-0 194 Big Ten 10
11 Illinois 3-0 177 Big Ten 11
12 N.C. State 0-0 166 ACC 12
13 North Carolina 0-0 143 ACC 14
14 Wisconsin 0-0 123 Big Ten 15
15 Old Dominion 0-0 118 MAC 16
16 Minnesota 3-0 112 Big Ten 17
17 Rutgers 3-0 109 Big Ten 18
18 Iowa State 0-1 107 Big 12 13
19 West Virginia 3-0 71 Big 12 21
20 Oregon State 0-0 68 Pac-12 19
21 Ohio 3-0 64 MAC 22
22 Oklahoma 0-0 53 Big 12 20
23 Virginia 3-1 35 ACC NR
24 Central Michigan 2-0 32 MAC NR
25 Northern Iowa 0-0 29 MAC 23

Dropped out: No. 24 Edinboro, No. 25 North Dakota State

Others Receiving Votes: Edinboro 13, Arizona State 4, Stanford 4, Kent State 3, Princeton 3, Pittsburgh 2, Purdue 2, Rider 2

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