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|
|2||Georgia Tech (4)||499||3|
|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.|