South Dakota State, CSU Bakersfield move into USA Today/NWCA Division I Top 25

Manheim, Pa. – Two teams entered the USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll for the first time this season as the poll was released on Tuesday.

South Dakota State (12-5) and CSU Bakersfield (10-3) made their first appearances in the poll this season. The Jackrabbits have won 11 straight duals, while the Roadrunners are fresh off a 21-20 criteria victory over Oregon State and are in the driver’s seat to win the Pac-12 championship.

South Dakota State joins No. 4 Oklahoma State (10-2), No. 7 Oklahoma (9-4) and No. 16 Iowa State (9-5) as the fourth Big 12 team in the Top 25.

Several ranked teams fell in the past week, causing some movement in the bottom half of the poll. Purdue (8-5) re-entered the Top 25 after dropping out last week. A win over then-No. 20 Indiana moved the Boilermakers in at No. 23.

Virginia Tech (13-2), bolstered by the return of Zach Epperly at 174 and Jared Haught at 197 pounds, jumped two spots to No. 8 after two dominant weekend victories. This sets up a showdown on Friday with third-ranked N.C. State (21-0) with the winner in command to claim the ACC regular season championship.

Pittsburgh (9-5) fell four spots to No. 21 after an 18-12 loss to West Virginia in a matchup of former EWL rivals.

[eztable width=”600″]Rank,Team (First),Record,Points,Conference,Previous
1,Penn State (12),13-0,300,Big Ten,1
2,Iowa,15-0,288,Big Ten,2
3,N.C. State,21-0,276,ACC,3
4,Oklahoma State,10-2,264,Big 12,4
7,Oklahoma,9-4,217,Big 12,7
8,Virginia Tech,13-2,216,ACC,10
9,Michigan,12-2,205,Big Ten,8
10,Ohio State,9-3,203,Big Ten,9
11,Nebraska,9-5,177,Big Ten,11
12,Illinois,12-5,164,Big Ten,13
13,North Carolina,10-3,149,ACC,14
14,Rutgers,13-5,144,Big Ten,12
16,Iowa State,9-5,105,Big 12,16
17,Kent State,13-3,99,MAC,17
18,Minnesota,9-7,90,Big Ten,21
20,Central Michigan,8-4,66,MAC,23
23,Purdue,8-5,29,Big Ten,NR
24,South Dakota State,12-5,25,Big 12,NR
25,CSU Bakersfield,10-3,23,Pac-12,NR[/eztable]

Dropped Out: No. 20 Indiana, No. 22 Stanford, No. 25 Chattanooga
Others Receiving Votes: Indiana 16, Oregon State 14, Appalachian State 11, Arizona State 11, Stanford 10, Wisconsin 1

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