The University of North Alabama still maintains its lead over Auburn University in the Cabela’s Collegiate School of Year Race, but moving into the top three is the fishing powerhouse of University of Louisiana at Monroe – who just happen to be last year’s School of the Year title recipients!

While the race for Cabela’s Collegiate School of the Year is still in the early stages, it’s shaping up to be another interesting year.  With several major events on the horizon in the next 60 days, such as the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Lake Chickamauga, Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash on Kentucky Lake, as well as the FLW College Championship, teams will have huge opportunity to move into contention for the 2014 title. ACA sponsored events will offer double points and be key to the strategy of many teams eyeing the lead.

Keep in mind, as mentioned above, it’s still early in the race and teams currently deep in the standings will be making moves up the leaderboard as the waters warm across the nation and more college teams hit the water for a variety of events nationwide. Not to be forgotten is the fact there are a lot of school run events still to be held in the next three months in Texas, Arkansas, and into the Midwest. This will allow teams to earn points regionally and that may vault them into contention.

Finally, as we head into May and June, where the season will wrap up with major events such as the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship and the BASS College Wildcard, you can be assured that this year’s Cabela’s School of the Year race is going to be tightly contested.

The ACA Cabela’s School of the Year Program awards points to each competing school, based on their finish in sanctioned events in relation to field size.  In addition to competition, teams can earn points by hosting their own events.  With the race and points primarily based on the number of teams beat in competition, the major Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series (The Open, Cabela’s Big Bass Bash, and BoatUS Championship) events are critical in shaping the final outcome as these nationally televised events are worth double points.

Current sanctioned events and program details are located on, along with the 2014 Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Schedule and Tournament Rules.  Students and fans may also get up to date Cabela’s School of the Year rankings here.

Image courtesy Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series

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