Adrian College Continues to Hold Top Spot

McKendree University in second and Sam Houston State University in third

The first major event of the 2019-2020 season for the Association of Collegiate Anglers and the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series is just a few days away.  The 2019 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley will be contested on Kentucky Lake from October 4th through the 5th, and it’s promising to be another slug fest that will shake up the race for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.  Over the course of two days, college anglers traveling from nationwide will be in the Paris, TN area competing to earn valuable points for their school to count towards the School of the Year competition.

It has been about a week since the last rankings update, and not much has changed.  Adrian College, located in Adrian, MI, continues to hold a commanding lead.  Entering the Big Bass Bash, the Bulldogs hold a sizable lead of more than 1,100 points over the reigning School of the Year Champions, McKendree University.   The rest of the top five schools in order are: Sam Houston State, Murray State and Bethel University.

As the current leaders of the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia, Adrian College will be sporting the exclusive BUFF® Headwear Yellow Jersey.  “Buff makes quality product.  We’re excited to wear them,” said Blake Johnson, member of the Adrian College team.  The Yellow Jersey program was first introduced at Pickwick Lake earlier this year for the Championship, where McKendree University was the first team to don the multifunctional headwear.  At the Big Bass Bash, Adrian will become just the second school to have the honor of wearing the Yellow Jersey.  “This is only the second team that’s gotten to wear them, so it’s definitely something cool to show off,” noted Zach Manneback, Adrian College angler.

For those who may not be familiar with Adrian College, they’re team colors are easy to distinguish out on the water.  Their main two colors are black and yellow.  Combine those with the Yellow Jersey, and the anglers are excited to have some added swag out on the water.  “I mean, they’re yellow.  Look at our jerseys, they’re going to match our jerseys good.  We’re going to be out there representing those school of the year Buffs, looking good in them,” said Manneback. Equipped with knowledge of the lake, great confidence, and the BUFF® Headwear Yellow Jersey, Adrian College is ready for the weekend.  “Everybody already knows when they see Adrian on the water, but it’s going to really stand out now.  That get’s us excited, we’re really happy to be able to wear those at the Bash,” added Manneback.

Compared to last week’s update, the most recent standings do no have very much movement.  Here are the teams that experienced a drastic movement in their standing this week:

Moved Up In The Standings

– 3. Sam Houston State University: Previously 10

– 17. Northeastern State University: Previously 38

– 21. Texas A&M: Previously 29


Dropped out of top 25

– 27. University of Tennessee: Previously 24

– 29. University of Akron: Previosuly 25


Here is a complete look at the current top 25 standings in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year Presented by Abu Garcia:

  1. Adrian College
  2. McKendree University
  3. Sam Houston State University
  4. Murray State University
  5. Bethel University
  6. Grand Valley State University
  7. Penn State University
  8. University of Montevallo
  9. Virginia Tech
  10. Clarkson University
  11. Gannon University
  12. Bemidji State University
  13. Clemson University
  14. University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
  15. University at Buffalo
  16. Bryan College
  17. Northeastern State University
  18. University of Alabama
  19. Ohio State University
  20. Auburn University
  21. Texas A&M
  22. University of Pittsburgh
  23. University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  24. University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
  25. West Virginia University

Complete Standings

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The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA), a division of CarecoTV, is a tournament organization created to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing.  The ACA created the original BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Series,14 seasons ago, which is now the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, and the longest running collegiate bass fishing series in existence.  The ACA provides support to dozens of school operating regional events nationwide and owns the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, Bass Pro Shops School of Year Program, and associated assets.   The ACA also provides the largest amount of televised coverage of any collegiate fishing series with dedicated programming on several television networks ranging from CBS Sports, Pursuit Channel, World Fishing Network, as well as other regional and national networks.  For more information on the ACA or the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, visit For more information on Bass Pro Shops, visit  For more information on CarecoTV, visit

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