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Illinois Claims Top Spot in GCAA Coaches Preseason Poll 

Division II, Division III, NAIA, NJCAA DI, NJCAA DII

NORMAN, Okla. – After opening the season with two-straight victories, Illinois has climbed to the top of the GCAA Coaches Poll. The Illini, who received 16 first-place votes, were ranked sixth in the preseason but won both of their tournaments by double-digit margins.

In addition to a new No. 1, the first regular season poll saw lots of movement including four new teams to the top 10 and six teams fall out of the rankings. The biggest jump belonged to Baylor who went from unranked to No. 8. They led a contingent of new teams to the ranking that included South Florida (#11), Texas Tech (#17), SMU (#20), Wake Forest (#23) and UNLV (#24). Preseason co-No. 1s Alabama and Oklahoma State fell out of the top 10.

Arkansas, Houston, Southern California, Texas A&M, UCF and Virginia Tech dropped from the ranking.

Division I - October 3, 2014

Rank University (First Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1 Illinois (16) 516 6
2 Georgia Tech (4) 499 3
3 Stanford (1) 372 7
4 Florida State 365 17
T5 Louisiana State 359 9
T5 Vanderbilt 359 16
7 Georgia 355 5
8 Baylor 333 NR
9 UCLA 303 10
10 South Carolina 269 12
11 South Florida 238 NR
12 California 228 14
13 Virginia 227 13
T14 Alabama 208 T1
T14 Oregon 208 25
16 Texas 203 4
17 Texas Tech 188 NR
18 New Mexico 187 22
19 Auburn 185 20
21 SMU 183 NR
22 Oklahoma State 161 T1
22 Washington 132 8
23 Wake Forest 110 NR
24 UNLV 87 NR
25 Oklahoma 86 11
       
Dropped From Ranking:   Arkansas (#21), Central Florida (#18), Houston (#15), Southern California (#24), Texas A&M (#19), Virginia Tech (#23)    
       
Others Receiving Votes: Virginia Tech, 77; TCU, 68; North Carolina, 61; Southern California, 44; San Diego State, 37; Ohio State, 34; Arkansas, 24; Texas A&M, 16; Clemson, 15; Arizona State, 14; North Florida, 14; Central Florida, 11; Iowa, 10; Houston, 9; East Tennessee State, 8; Kennesaw State, 7; Michigan, 4; Georgia State, 3; Iowa State, 2; Kent State, 2; Louisville, 2; Colorado, 1; East Carolina, 1.
 
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