San Antonio, TX – With the calendar flipping over to November, that means there are only a few more weeks in the fall semester and the first half of the season for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. The current standings for college fishing’s only all-encompassing National Rankings system are extremely close as school teams have earned valuable points at local, regional, and major tournaments all across the country as they look forward to the springtime events.
Perennial powerhouse the University of Montevallo has moved up from second place to claim the number one spot for the first time this season with a total of 13,270 points. A fourth straight title is certainly attainable for this talented team.
Carson-Newman University climbs two spots to be ranked second, the school’s highest ranking in program history. They are looking to position themselves for their first ever School of the Year title after finishing 3rd last season.
The University of North Alabama rounds out the Top 3, moving up two spots since the previous rankings. The team from North Alabama has a favorable schedule for the spring push and is looking to make a surge at the Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops this season on their home waters of Pickwick Lake.
The latest points update to the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia features tournament results from a MLF tournament, and several School-Run events. With the completion of two recent Association of Collegiate Anglers events on the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, and a MLF college tournament at Lake Hartwell, there are no more major double points events on the calendar until January of 2024.
The University of Montevallo entered the 2023-24 season as the only program ever to win the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia three times. They achieved collegiate bass fishing history by accomplishing this feat in three-straight seasons (2021, 2022, 2023). For the first time this season, the back-to back-to back defending title winner is ranked first in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Montevallo has a season total of 13,270 points, just over 500 points ahead of second ranked Carson-Newman.
Here is a look at teams that made significant moves up inside of the Top 25 for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia:
2) Carson-Newman University – Previously Ranked 4th
3) University of North Alabama – Previously Ranked 5th
4) Auburn University – Previously Ranked 7th
7) Lander University – Previously Ranked 11th
10) Emmanuel University – Previously Ranked 16th
Georgia College was the only team to move into the Top 25 after being ranked outside of the coveted mark previously. The team moved up 10 spots to now be ranked 24th.
About the Association of Collegiate Anglers
The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) is a division of CarecoTV that was created to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing, with emphasis on competitive events nationwide. The ACA created the original BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Series 19 seasons ago. That single event has evolved into the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, which is now recognized as the longest-running consecutive collegiate bass fishing series in existence.
The ACA lineup of major college fishing events includes a variety of tournaments nationwide that are multi-day tournaments, all of which are televised on several networks, as well as streamed on a variety of connected platforms. The ACA also provides support to numerous schools operating regional events nationwide which helps to grow the exposure and awareness of college fishing.
The ACA owns the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, Bass Pro Shops School of Year presented by Abu Garcia program, and associated assets which is widely regarded as the most comprehensive and prestigious collegiate bass fishing title today.
Thanks in part to the large diversity of media exposure the ACA provides, the series boasts the largest amount of televised and streaming coverage of any collegiate fishing series. This includes a dedicated television series on numerous television networks and streaming platforms, as well as additional coverage of select events inside other programs. This combination includes coverage from Discovery Channel, CBS Sports, Bally Sports, Pursuit Channel, as well as other regional and national networks. You can also find coverage online at any time of past events thanks to coverage on OutdoorActionTV.com and PursuitUp.com
For more information on the ACA or the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com. For more information on Bass Pro Shops, visit www.BassPro.com. For more information on CarecoTV, visit www.CarecoTV.com.