Iowa garnered only four of the 12 first-place votes but totaled 286 points, narrowly edging Minnesota for the top spot. Minnesota received seven first-place votes. Three-time defending team champions Penn State received the other first-place vote. The USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll is voted on by a team’s dual strength, not projected tournament points.
Cornell, Ohio State and Penn State round out the top five.
The Big Ten has nine of its 14 schools ranked in the Top 25. The MAC has four teams ranked as Missouri leads the conference starting the year at No. 6. The rest of the top ten is Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Michigan and Edinboro, the only team from the EWL in the poll.
Rankings are released by the NWCA each Tuesday during the season. The next rankings will be released on November 11.