For the first time of the 2016 women’s NCAA season, there is a new #1 team.
The previously-undefeated Nebraska Huskers have received all 64 first place votes in each of the first 5 polls; but after losing to #19 Ohio State (who jumped to #14 after the result) over the weekend, Nebraska fell to 3rd in the latest rankings.
Despite the fall, and the Hustkers still convinced 3 voters that they’re the best team in the country, the Big Ten still holds serve at the top of the polls. Minnesota, who beat then-#14 Purdue on Sunday, jumps up to #1 with the other 61 first-place votes; and Wisconsin, after wins against Indiana and the same Purdue team slide up to #2.
Those three teams are the only 1-loss teams remaining in the country, and the Texas Longhorns sit as the top 2-loss team at #4.
The biggest positive movers of this week’s poll are the now-#10 Washington State Cougars. Jen Greeny’s team sits at 4-0 in Pac-12 play so far, and last week recorded wins over Cal and #7 Stanford (after beating top-25 opponents Washington and UCLA the week before).
There are actually 26 teams in the new top 25 rankings. Western Kentucky and Kentucky are tied for 25th place in the current polls after neither held a ranking last week.
Utah’s fairy tale season was slowed last week with losses to #18 UCLA and #22 USC (then #12 and #23, respectively), which dropped them out of the top 25.
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Others receiving votes and listed on two or more ballots: Utah 29; Dayton 26; Texas A&M 26; Creighton 17; UNLV 13; Kansas State 10; Baylor 6
Four teams mentioned on only one ballot for a total of eight combined points.
Dropped Out: Utah 25
Next Poll: October 10