SAN ANTONIO, TX (2/20/2020) – Temperatures are warming, bass are moving shallow, and the race for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia is continuing to tighten. First place Adrian College has held the top spot for a good majority of the year, and the top five has also remained steady to this point in the season. The most notable move in this update pertains to the University of Montevallo, as they leapfrog Murray State to stake claim to third. With the top four teams separated by less than 450 points, the next few weeks will be crucial to the School of the Year race.
Since the previous update to the standings for the 2019-2020 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia, a major FLW College Series event was held on Lake Seminole. 750 points went to the winning school in Bethel University, and several teams in the top 25 for School of the Year also earned valuable points. The biggest mover was Georgetown College located in Kentucky. They earned 725 points and moved from 38th up to 22nd. One other big mover was the University of Tennessee as they crack the top 10.
This weekend, the Association of Collegiate Anglers will host its first event of the 2020 season. That event is the Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak Fishing. Set to take place on Sunday, February 23rd, the Texas Lunker Challenge is a one-day big bass format event that will award double points to teams with multiple anglers inside of the top 75. With less than 500 points separating first and fourth place, the race for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia will be at the center of every conversation taking place on the banks of Sam Rayburn Reservoir this weekend.
“Definitely the number one goal for this tournament is to bring home the win. We need some points,” stated Hunter Schneider, member of the first place Adrian College Bass Team. Adrian College will make the 18-hour journey from Michigan to southeast Texas carrying an 115-point lead over second-place McKendree University. The Michigan based program will be fishing a total of six anglers in two boats during competition at the Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak Fishing. In the time leading up to the first ACA event of the year, the Adrian College team is doing everything they can to be prepared and maintain that first-place lead. “Coach has been really stressing on the fact that we need to be prepared more than everybody else. In order for us, in my opinion, to stay number one in the country, we have to work together, be prepared when the other guy isn’t, and just work hard,” added Schneider.
To view a list of upcoming School of the Year qualifying events click here.
Here is a look at the other major movers in the top 25 for this update:
– University of Montevallo moves from 4th to 3rd
– Bryan College jumps two spots to grab 7th
– University of Tennessee slides into the top 10 at 9th
– Clemson University advances one spot from 14th to 13th
– University of North Alabama goes from 16th to 15th
– Georgetown College cracks the top 25 moving from 38th to 22nd
Current top 25 standings:
- Adrian College
- McKendree University
- University of Montevallo
- Murray State University
- Auburn University
- Bethel University
- Bryan College
- Blue Mountain College
- University of Tennessee
- Drury University
- Carson-Newman University
- University of Alabama
- Clemson University
- Campbellsville University
- University of North Alabama
- Arkansas Tech University
- Mississippi State University
- University of Louisiana – Monroe
- Sam Houston State University
- University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
- Greenville University
- Georgetown College
- Bemidji State University
- Tarleton State University
- Northeastern State University
Click here to view the complete standings.