ATLANTA – Defending national champion Grand Canyon has retained its preseason station as the top team in the Under Armour MCLA Division I Coaches Poll, but the lead is shrinking.
The Lopes (0-0) grabbed 18 first place votes, but No. 2 Chapman (1-0) accounted for three top votes while No. 3 Utah (3-0) hauled in five. The differential between the top spot and third is just 47 points.
Brigham Young (1-0) and Arizona State (2-0) round out the Top 5.
Oregon State, Texas, Sonoma State and Southern Methodist were bumped from the preseason poll, replaced by No. 15 South Carolina, No. 19 Concordia-Irvine, No. 23 Texas A&M and No. 25 Arizona.
Under Armour MCLA Division I Coaches Poll – Week 1
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Also receiving votes: Southern Methodist (46), Sonoma State (37), Clemson (32), Oregon State (29), Davenport (16), Boise State (14), Stanford (14), Missouri (6), Texas (6), San Diego State (4), New Hampshire (4), UNLV (3), Claremont (1), Santa Clara (1).