Alabama, victorious in its 2013-14 season opener at Olympia Fields, kept hold of the top spot in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division I coaches' poll. The defending NCAA champions won their seventh straight event dating back to last spring when they claimed the Fighting Illini Invitational title by 18 strokes. The Crimson Tide earned 16 of the 21 available first-place votes.
Round out the top five are Texas, Washington and California, who earned the remaining two first-place votes.
One new school joined the top 10: No. 10 Oklahoma, winner at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. The Sooners made the biggest move from the preseason poll, jumping from No. 23.
Three new schools moved into the top 25: UCF at No. 18, Arizona State with a share of No. 20 and Houston at No. 22. For the Cougars it's just the second time they've been in the Golf World top 25 since September 2001.
Methodist jumped up two spots to claim the No. 1 ranking in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Division III coaches' poll. The Monarchs claimed six of 16 available first-place votes to ascend to the top spot.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps was one of five other schools to earn first-place votes, receiving three, as the Stags moved into the No. 2 spot.
Emory and UT-Tyler, both earning one first-place votes, fell into place at No. 3 and 5, with La Verne rounding out the top five.
The other two programs to earn first-place votes where Oglethorpe, which tied for No. 7 in the ranking, and Rhodes, which came in No. 11 after being unranked in the preseason poll.
Preseason No. 1 Transylvania fell to No. 6 after finishing fourth in its first two starts of the 2013-14 season.