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ESPN 1080 Insiders Poll 11-28-11

The ESPN1080 Insiders crew have once again submitted their votes following a weekend of college football. The way the voting works is simple you get 25 points for being #1, 24 for #2, 23 for #3, etc The voters are Andrew Melnick, Carson Ingle, Charlie Bernstein, Eric Lopez and Mike Tuck.

1. LSU (5) 125

2. Alabama 119

3. Oklahoma State 109

4. Stanford 106

5. Virginia Tech 102

6. Houston 98

7. Oregon 92

8. Southern Cal 90

8. Boise State 90

10. Oklahoma 82

11. Arkansas 72

12. Michigan State 68

13. South Carolina 64

14. Kansas State 61

15. Michigan 59

15. Georgia 59

15. Wisconsin 59

18. Baylor 39

19. TCU 34

20. Clemson 27

20. Nebraska 27

22. Penn State 16

23. West Virginia 9

24. Florida State 8

25. Southern Miss 6

25. Virginia 6

Also Receiving Votes: Notre Dame (4), Missouri (2), Texas (1), Arkansas State (1)

In: West Virginia (23), Florida State (24), Southern Miss (25)

Out: Georgia Tech (22), Notre Dame (23)

Once again, it was an up and down day in the state of Florida. Florida State returned to the top 25 after defeating rival Florida 21-7. UCF ended the season on a good note with a 31-14 win over Utep, finishing their disappointing season at 5-7. Miami played in their last game because of their self-imposed bowl ban and it went poorly. The Canes were defeated at home by 4-8 Boston College 24-17. South Florida blew a 14-point first half lead, losing at home to Louisville 34-24. FIU ended their season with a win over Middle Tennessee to bolster their bowl hopes. Howard Schnellenberger led Florida Atlantic to their first win of the season in his second-to-last ever game as a head coach, 38-35 over UAB.

There are actually 26 teams ranked in our poll this week because of a tie at the 25 spot.

With top-ranked LSU blowing out previously third-ranked Arkansas 41-17, there wasnt a big shake-up in the polls outside of the Hogs drop. Alabama blew out rival Auburn 42-14 to remain ranked second in the country. LSUs win clinched a spot in the SEC Championship game against Georgia, who defeated Georgia Tech 31-17.

Wisconsins 45-7 win over Penn State earned them a rematch with Michigan State in the Big 10 title game. If youll remember, Sparty gave Wisconsin their first loss with a hail mary heave. Michigan defeated Ohio State 40-34, finishing Brady Hokes first season with a 10-2 record. The Wolverines may be in line for a BCS bid while the 6-6 Buckeyes announced former Florida coach Urban Meyer as their new coach Monday evening.

Oregons 49-21 win over Oregon State gave them the Pac-12 North title. Usually, theyd play Southern Cal, but because of their probation, the Trojans will make way for UCLA to play in the Pac-12 title game, despite the Bruins 50-0 loss to USC Saturday. UCLA is just 6-6 and fired head coach Rick Neuheisel Monday afternoon.

Houston blew out Tulsa 48-16 Friday to improve to 12-0. Theyll take on 10-2 Southern Miss with the Conference-USA title on the line Saturday.

Virginia Tech destroyed rival Virginia 38-0 Saturday to secure their spot against Clemson in the ACC title game. Clemson was blown out by South Carolina Saturday 34-13, dropping their record to 9-3. The Gamecocks finished the regular season 10-2 and went 5-0 in the SEC East.

Oklahoma, who defeated Iowa State 26-6 Saturday, will take on Oklahoma State in Bedlam with the Big 12 title on the line.

Coach Firings:

Akron Rob Ianello

Arizona Mike Stoops (Replaced by Rich Rodriguez)

Arizona State Dennis Erickson

FAU Howard Schnellenberger (retired)

Illinois Ron Zook

Kansas Turner Gill

Memphis Larry Porter

Mississippi Houston Nutt

New Mexico Mike Locksley (Replaced by Bob Davie)

Ohio State Luke Fickell (Replaced by Urban Meyer)

Penn State Joe Paterno (replaced on an interim basis by Tom Bradley)

Tulane Bob Toledo (replaced on an interim basis by Mark Hutson)

UAB Neil Callaway

UCLA Rick Neuheisel

Key Games:

Friday, December 2

MAC Championship

7:00 pm EST, ESPN 2

Ohio @ Northern Illinois

Pac-12 Championship

8:00 pm EST, Fox

UCLA @ Oregon (7)

Saturday, December 3

3:30 pm EST, ABC

Texas @ Baylor (18)

Conference USA Championship


Southern Miss (25) @ Houston (5)

SEC Championship

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

4:00 pm EST, CBS

Georgia (16) vs. LSU (1)

(De facto) Big 12 Championship

8:00 pm EST

Oklahoma (10) @ Oklahoma State (3)

ACC Championship

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

8:00 pm EST, ESPN

Virginia Tech (5) vs. Clemson (20)

Big 10 Championship

Lucas Oil Field, Indianapolis, Indiana

8:17 pm EST, Fox

Wisconsin (17) vs Michigan State (12)


Thursday, December 1

8:00 pm EST, ESPN

West Virginia @ South Florida

Saturday, December 3

4:00 pm EST

Louisiana-Monroe @ Florida Atlantic


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