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Red-hot Oklahoma dethrones No. 1 UCLA

LOUISVILLE, Ky. –A red-hot Oklahoma squad dethroned UCLA as the No. 1 team in this week’s 2019 USA Today / NFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll. Riding a 28-game winning streak, the Sooners (38-2) ended the Bruins’ (37-2) five-week run atop the poll.

OU captured 22 first-place votes and 790 points, while No. 2 UCLA received 10 first-place nods and 773 points. The Sooners extended their NCAA Division I-best active winning streak by cruising to three shutouts at Kansas in Big 12 play. Oklahoma last held the top spot in the first regular-season poll of 2018.

The Bruins had their 19-game winning streak snapped by Oregon, 4-3, in the Pac-12 series opener. UCLA bounced back from their first league loss of the season with 8-3 and 8-1 triumphs over the Ducks to win the series.

In addition to a new No. 1, No. 23 Northwestern and No. 25 Colorado State return to the poll following long absences. The Wildcats (33-7), last ranked at No. 25 on April 22, 2014, are on a roll, having won 11 straight. Northwestern swept then-No. 25 Wisconsin over the weekend to remain the lone undefeated program in Big Ten play.

It’s been 21 years since the Rams (31-6) were ranked (23rd- March 4, 2008). CSU is enjoying a record season, which includes a program-record 20-game winning streak and a 13-2 mark for the first-place team in the Mountain West.

2019 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll – April 16 (Week 10)
Rank School Totals 2019
Record Prev. Ranking
1 Oklahoma (22) 790 38-2 2
2 UCLA (10) 773 37-2 1
3 Washington 722 35-6 4
4 Florida State 695 38-5 3
5 Alabama 688 41-4 5
6 Florida 609 36-9 6
7 Arizona 600 35-7 8
8 Tennessee 564 32-8 9
9 LSU 560 36-9 7
10 Louisiana 524 37-4 10
11 Texas 477 35-9 11
12 Texas Tech 371 33-8 15
13 Oklahoma State 368 32-11 14
14 Auburn 353 33-10 12
15 South Carolina 350 31-12 16
16 Georgia 330 30-13 13
17 Ole Miss 290 30-11 17
18 Minnesota 248 29-10 19
19 Arkansas 241 31-14 18
20 James Madison 211 31-7 20
21 Virginia Tech 163 37-6 22
22 Michigan 132 29-11 21
23 Northwestern 118 33-7 RV
24 Kentucky 94 26-17 23
25 Colorado State 36 31-6 RV

New to Poll:No. 23 Northwestern, No. 25 Colorado State.

Dropped Out:No. 24 Arizona State, No. 25 Wisconsin.

Receiving Votes: Stanford (28), Boise State (19), Arizona State (17), Wisconsin (16), Missouri (5), Indiana (3), Mississippi State (2), Drake (1), Louisville (1), Tulsa (1).

The 2019 USA Today / NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches with one representing each of the NCAA’s Division I Conferences. Record reflect games played through April 14, 2019.