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ESPN 1080 Insiders Poll 12-5-11

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 125

2. Oklahoma State 118

3. Alabama 117

4. Stanford 107

5. Southern Cal 101

6. Oregon 100

7. Wisconsin 99

8. Boise State 92

9. Arkansas 83

10. South Carolina 75

11. Baylor 65

12. Kansas State 62

13. Michigan 58

14. Michigan State - 57

15. Clemson 56

16. Virginia Tech - 53

17. Oklahoma 52

18. Georgia 44

19. TCU - 41

20. Nebraska 29

21. Southern Miss 27

22. Houston 24

23. Penn State 17

24. West Virginia 12

25. Florida State 8

Also Receiving Votes: Missouri (4), Notre Dame (4) Virginia (2), Georgia Tech (1)

In: None (We had a tie at the 25th spot last week)

Out: Virginia (25)

Three of the five voters voted Oklahoma State #2 and Alabama #3 while the other two voted Alabama #2 and Oklahoma State #3, giving us the one-point difference. A couple of things have thrown me off about the poll all season. Kansas State doesnt get enough respect. The Wildcats are 10-2 to Baylors 9-3 and defeated Baylor earlier this season, yet Baylor is ranked one spot ahead of Kansas State. I was also surprised to see one voter leave Houston as high as 14 after Southern Miss, the only ranked team Houston has played, destroyed them at home 49-28 in Saturday's Conference USA Championship game.

As has been the case for a large part of the season, Florida State was the only in-state team ranked. The Noles, like Florida, Miami, Florida International and Central Florida didnt play this weekend.

FAU finished Howard Schnellenbergers final season with a 1-11 record after losing to Louisiana-Monroe 26-0. South Florida was defeated by West Virginia 30-27 despite holding a late, 27-20 lead. The loss left the Bulls with a 5-7 record, meaning like UCF, FAU and Miami (who banned themselves from postseason play), the Bulls will not be going to a bowl. With the victory, West Virginia won a share of the Big East and will play in the Orange Bowl because they are the highest ranked Big East in the BCS. Louisville and Cincinnati were the teams the Mountaineers shared the crown with.

Well preview the bowls as they get closer, so rather than break down the week's schedule like I normally do when our poll is released, the Insiders will give out their own Heisman Trophy.

It works just like the poll, only the players were ranked on a scale of one to five.

1. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor 23

2. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin 12

2. Matt Barkley, QB, Southern Cal 12

4. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama 9

5. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford 8

6. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU 4

6. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State 4

8. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU 2

9. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State - 1


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