UCLA unanimous No. 1 in final 2020 USA Today/NFCA D1 Top 25 Coaches Poll
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UCLA was voted the unanimous No. 1 team in the final 2020 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll. The season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic with all NCAA spring championships canceled on March 12.
The Bruins (25-1) collected wins over seven nationally-ranked teams, posting an NCAA-best 13 shutouts (tied with Arizona State) along the way. They knocked off Alabama, Georgia and Florida State to come out as the only undefeated team at the ESPN St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational. UCLA also took down Florida, Michigan, UCF and Minnesota, while its lone defeat was at the hands of No. 3 Texas.
The Southeastern Conference led the way with nine nationally-ranked programs, while the Pac-12 had four in the top 10, including the top two programs, UCLA and No. 2 Washington, and five overall. Four Big 12 institutions finished ranked led by No. 3 Texas and No. 6 Oklahoma with the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten each having two.
A total of 33 programs earned rankings over seven polls with UCF and Fresno State making their first appearances (March 3) since 2016 and 2017, respectively. On the flip side, Tennessee dropped out of the top-25 on March 3 for the first time since 2004. The Lady Vols entered at No. 19 on Feb. 10, 2004 and were ranked consecutively in 255 polls.
The 2020 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference.
2020 USA Today / NFCA Division I
Top 25 Coaches Poll – April 7 (Final)*
Dropped Out: None.
Receiving Votes: Duke (49), Stanford (39), Utah (30), North Texas (21), James Madison (20), Texas Tech (15), San Jose State (14), Tennessee (5), Cal State Fullerton (4), Wisconsin (4), Houston (2), North Carolina State (2), Stephen F. Austin (1).
The 2020 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. Records reflect games played through March 12.
*The NCAA canceled all spring championships on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.