Auburn University just over 600 points behind in 2nd, and Carson-Newman University is in 3rd
SAN ANTONIO, TX (APRIL 5, 2022) – The race for 2021-22 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia is reaching a fever pitch as the chase enters the final two months of the season. The next nationally televised major event on the schedule is the Association of Collegiate Anglers’ Barnett Reservoir Rumble, which is set to take place on Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland, MS. This ACA double points major event will be a key tournament in determining who will finish the season ranked number one. 15 of the top 20 teams in the nation are entered in the Barnett Reservoir Rumble, so this event will likely shape which teams are highly ranked at the end of the season. The University of Montevallo is in 1st place with a more than 600-point lead over Auburn University in 2nd, and Carson-Newman University rounds out the top three.
The latest update to the standings in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia features tournament results and points awarded at the following events:
- MLF Southern Regional at Sam Rayburn
- BASS College Series at Lake Norman
- MLF Championship at Fort Gibson Lake
- Missouri BASS State Qualifier at Lake of the Ozarks
With the addition of these events to the overall points standings, here is a look at the teams moving up in the Top 25 in the National Rankings:
6) Drury University – Previously Ranked 7th
8) Bryan College – Previously Ranked 12th
15) Wabash Valley College – Previously Ranked 19th
19) Campbellsville University – Previously Ranked 22nd
24) Kentucky Christian University – Previously Ranked 31st
The spring of the year is one of the busiest times of the year on the schedule for collegiate anglers. This latest stretch for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia awarded over 78,000 points across four different events to approximately 50 different bass fishing teams. Numerous teams earned over 2,000 points during this stretch, expanding their team points earnings for the year.
Taking a look at the top of the standings, Auburn University closed the gap slightly between themselves and number one ranked University of Montevallo. Entering the first ACA event of the spring semester, Auburn is within striking distance of the defending School of the Year winners.
15 of the Top 20 teams, including eight of the Top 10, in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia are set to compete in the Barnett Reservoir Rumble this upcoming weekend. 1st place will earn 1,250 points for their respective school, and college bass fishing teams will be awarded points for their two highest-finishing boats inside of the Top 125.
As the final ACA major regular season event of the 2021-22 season before the year-end Championship at Pickwick Lake, the Barnett Reservoir Rumble is one of the most important events of the season to this point. Double points open up the possibility for a team to shoot up the standings with two good finishes. Two Top 10 finishes would net a given school over 2,000 points leaving Barnett Reservoir. That gives teams ranked roughly 2nd– 14th with a very realistic shot at supplanting themselves down the stretch as a true contender to finish the year ranked in the Top 5 for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.
Following the completion of the Barnett Reservoir Rumble, be on the lookout for a complete video breakdown of the updated standings in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia next week.