San Antonio, TX (7/21/2021) – The Association of Collegiate Anglers, which operates the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year program presented by Abu Garcia, is excited to showcase the pre-season rankings for college bass fishing, according to a voting poll of top coaches, schools, media personnel, and fishing industry personalities with experience in college fishing.
This poll is a one-of-a-kind poll, similar to rankings in other college sports, that will help kick off the season-long race for the prestigious School of the Year title. Every day this week, the ACA will count down and showcase teams that made it into the Top 25, and then in the near future, the first rankings for the 2021-22 season will be announced based on finishes during events this summer. Today’s article will show teams that were selected 11th to 15th in the pre-season rankings.
11. Tarleton State University
2021 Final Ranking: 10th
Checking in at 11th in the 2021-22 ACA Top 25 Pre-Season Poll is Tarleton State University. After a Top 10 finish last season, Tarleton is proud to be recognized by its peers and fishing community as one of the best 15 teams in the country.
“We are all very proud that we are expected to finish in the Top 15 in SOY,” said Reagan Nelson, Tarleton State University angler.
12. Dallas Baptist University
2021 Final Ranking: 9th
Another team from Texas finds itself in the Top 15 of the pre-season poll based on votes from the pollsters. Dallas Baptist University will enter the season ranked 12th by the college fishing community. Dallas Baptist, like 11th ranked Tarleton just ahead of them, is a storied college fishing program that has had a lot of success in college fishing events nationwide.
13. Campbellsville University
2021 Final Ranking: 11th
Campbellsville University checks in at spot number 13 in the Top 25 Pre-Season Poll. This pre-season ranking places Campbellsville in a similar spot to where it ended the 2021 season. Aided by points from four ACA double points events, Campbellsville finished last season ranked 11th overall. This is the highest end-of-season ranking in school history for Campbellsville.
14. University of Tennessee
2021 Final Ranking: 14th
The University of Tennessee is next on the list, as they are ranked 14th in the pre-season poll.
“It means a lot to us as a team to be viewed as one of the best 25 teams in the country. This is something we strive for each year,” said Teddy Peznola, University of Tennessee angler. “We have put together a good group of guys who compete at each event and we’re proud of our successes recently. We have seen a huge growth in the interest in our team with new students joining and our growing fan base.”
15. Emmanuel College
Franklin Springs, GA
2021 Final Ranking: 22nd
One of the newest teams to crack the Top 25 during the 2020-21 season was Emmanuel College from Franklin Springs, GA. The team cracked the Top 25 for the first time in school history by finishing 22nd overall. This strong performance made an impression on the college fishing world as Emmanuel College received enough votes to secure a pre-season ranking of 15th in the ACA Pre-Season Poll.