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Final fall men's college coaches' polls

I was trying to figure out what to write for the intro of this post when I realized the feeling of deja vu that's come over me this fall compared to a year ago means I could pretty much lift what I wrote for this post last year and it should apply. And so ...

Alabama's California's dominance in the fall, winning or sharing the team title in all four five of its starts, made the Crimson Tide Golden Bears the easy choice as the No. 1 team in the final Golf World/Nike Golf Division I coaches' poll. Jay Seawell's Steve Desimone's squad claimed all 22 21 first-place votes to be the unanimous choice to close out the first half of the 2012-13 season.

Joining Bama Cal as the top team in the land are Barry Nova Southeastern, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Oglethorpe, Wayland Baptist Texas Wesleyan, Odessa and South Mountain, each squad earning the No. 1 ranking in the Division II, III, NAIA and NJCAA D-I and D-II polls. Wayland Baptist and Odessa are Texas Wesleyan is the only new school to sit atop the ranking in any of the polls.

For a look at all the schools in the final fall rankings ...
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Like with women's polls earlier today, here are few tidbits for context:

* Alabama was No. 1 in all four fall D-I coaches' polls. It's the first time one school has held the top ranking throughout the fall since Oklahoma State did it in 2010 and the sixth time that it has happened since the poll resumed during the 2001-02 season (Florida, 2001; Clemson, 2002; Georgia, 2005; Oklahoma State, 2009).

* It's the 11th time overall that Alabama has been ranked No. 1. The Crimson Tide hold the longest active streak of consecutive polls ranked in the top 10—40—dating back to September 2010.

* UCF (No. 8) and Virginia (No. 10) are ranked high than either school has previously been ranked since the return of the poll at the start of the 2001-02 season. The Golden Knights previous best was 18th and the Cavaliers was 15th.

* USF (No. 19) is making its first ever appearance in the coaches' poll.

* Wake Forest (No. 25) returns to the top 25 for the first time since October 2011.

* Auburn fell out of the top 25, marking the first time it has been unranked since May 2010.



M D-II 12-9 250.jpgOn the strength of two early fall victories, defending NCAA champion Barry University held on to the top spot in the final Division II coaches' poll of the fall. The Buccaneers earned seven of the 17 available first place votes to remain No. 1 after winning the Brickyard Crossing and Guy Harvey Invitational to start their defense of their national title.



M D-III 12-9 250.jpgMaking the most of a two-tournament fall schedule—winning both of its starts—Claremont-Mudd-Scripps claimed the No. 1 ranking all to itself in the final Division III coaches' poll of the fall. The Stags wrestled sole possession of the top spot from Wittenberg by virtue of claiming 10 of the available 16 first-place votes.

Wittenberg earned two first-place votes in fall from a share of No. 1 in the previous poll to No. 2 in the final fall ranking.


M NAIA 12-9 250.jpgWinning three straight events to close out the first half of the 2013-14 college campaign, Wayland Baptist jumped to the No. 1 spot in the final men's NAIA coaches' poll of the fall. The Pioneers, ranked No. 5 in the previous poll, earned all 10 first-place votes to become the unanimous top selection.

Oklahoma City, the defending NAIA champion and No. 1 in the three previous Golf World polls from the fall, dropped to No. 2 after finishing second to Wayland Baptist at the U.C. Ferguson Classic in October.


M NJCAA 12-9 250.jpgOdessa jumped to the top spot of the final NJCAA D-I coaches' poll while South Mountain maintained its No. 1 ranking in the D-II ranking. The Wranglers moved No. 2 to No. 1 thanks to their victory in October at the NJCAA D-I National Championship Preview, earning seven of the nine available first-place votes. The Cougars earned two of the six available first-place votes in the D-II poll but edged out Walters State JC, which claimed the other four, in overall points.