By Kyle Jillson | November 10 2012 08:45

Nanooks jump three spots to #4 as Mountaineers hold on to #1

2012 NCAA Rifle Smallbore line

The top of the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association poll looks the same as it did two weeks ago as top-ranked West Virginia watches Kentucky and Texas Christian University trade spots again. The defending champion Horned Frogs, ranked No. 1 preseason, fell back a spot to West Virginia after the opener and have been battling with Kentucky for second ever since.

The Wildcats, themselves champions in 2011, began the season at No. 2 and shifted to No. 3 after the rise of West Virginia. In Week 3 they bumped Texas Christian only to find their standings swapped again by Week 4. Now in Week 5, the two have switched ranks again after Kentucky's win at North Carolina State.

Kentucky has shot, and won, two matches since we last visited the NCAA season, compared to one apiece for West Virginia and Texas Christian.

Veterans Day weekend has some action in store, however, as Kentucky hosts Navy and Texas Christian faces off against Ohio State today. The Mountaineers have two matches this weekend, having just up against Ole Miss yesterday and seeing NC State come to town Sunday.

While all of this has been going on, Alaska-Fairbanks, the second winningest team in NCAA Rifle history, has crept up to No. 4. The Nanooks, who sat at No. 7 just a week ago, shot a season-high against El Paso last weekend and have now jumped three spots.

Of the top four teams, West Virginia and Alaska-Fairbanks are perennial winners with storied histories who have recently found themselves getting upstaged by the more recent success stories of Texas Christian and Kentucky. It's still to early to tell who will come out on top this year, but it's very likely one of these four teams will be holding a national championship trophy this March.

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