- - http://www.sportstalkflorida.com -

ESPN 1080 Insiders Poll 11-28-11

Posted By Andrew Melnick On November 28, 2011 @ 8:12 PM In 1080 Sports,College,Insider Main | No Comments

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 wasn’t a big shake-up in the polls outside of the Hog’s drop. Alabama blew out rival Auburn 42-14 to remain ranked second in the country. LSU’s win clinched a spot in the SEC Championship game against Georgia, who defeated Georgia Tech 31-17.

Wisconsin’s 45-7 win over Penn State earned them a rematch with Michigan State in the Big 10 title game. If you’ll remember, Sparty gave Wisconsin their first loss with a hail mary heave. Michigan defeated Ohio State 40-34, finishing Brady Hoke’s 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.

Oregon’s 49-21 win over Oregon State gave them the Pac-12 North title. Usually, they’d 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. They’ll 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
Noon EST, ABC

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)

In-State

Thursday, December 1

8:00 pm EST, ESPN
West Virginia @ South Florida

Saturday, December 3

4:00 pm EST
Louisiana-Monroe @ Florida Atlantic

ESPN 1080 Insiders Poll 11-28-11 by

Article printed from : http://www.sportstalkflorida.com

URL to article: http://www.sportstalkflorida.com/espn-1080-insiders-poll-11-28-11/

Copyright © 2011 ESPN Florida. All rights reserved.